The call is out and it's resounding! Gun Free Kitchen Tables has issued a first public call for no guards' guns in homes, fed by the urgency and outrage of two new after-duty shootings with guards' guns in Israel.
"We don't know who she is, but we know we can save her life"
Extended legal research by Attorney Smadar Ben Natan, Gun Free Kitchen Tables Co-founder, has clarified that the full legal apparatus already exists for implementing the official 2005 recommendation that security companies stop sending home guards with guns. Her expert opinion has established that preventing these foreseeable shootings is already firmly within the authority of the relevant government ministries. And yet, at least seven such shootings have occurred since the recommendation was made in 2005.
Gun Free Kitchen Tables proceeded to observe November 25th, the international day of Struggle against Violence against Women, by demanding and urging that government ministries act within their capacity to prevent these murders and challenging public indifference to proliferating small arms in Israeli civic space:
The momentum is building. Gun Free Kitchen Tables has successfully launched a relatively un-discussed issue into both public and official agendas, problematising these clearly preventable murders and the dangerous and gendered proliferation of arms in the civic sphere. Three Knesset members have already responded positively; one of them has announced plans to commission up-to-date data collection on the topic by the Knesset research and information centre.
To maintain this momentum and secure these serious issues' new and vital presence on decision makers' agendas, the project needs urgent support. After 4 months of very effective concentrated work it is clear that it is possible to create actual, tangible change. The project coordinators are looking for direct financial support and/or references to potential funders. If you have contacts or suggestions, please contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org