By Mo Breden
I am a swimmer. I do not go into the pool and float or splash around, I hit the pool and I hit it hard. Through my life whenever I’ve dedicated myself to anything, I have hit it hard. Whether it be my swimming, career, motherhood, home, friendships and loves, I give it my all. I hope that in future articles I can tell you about my journeys in the pool, the open water, my career, motherhood, home, friendships and yes, even loves. I want to share my failures; struggles, my progress and my victories, and I hope to help you to believe that if I can do it, so can you.
I cannot begin this week, however. This is because I am an advocate for a change in the gun laws in this country and because the very first article I wrote for this website, hopefully, educated you on the inadequacies of the hiring and certifying of contract employees in the federal government. You can go back and read that article if you would like, I will not rehash the details. It was the article entitled, “A Few Words on Edward Snowden”.
As I write, the names, ages and pictures of those murdered on 16 September, at the Washington Naval Yard, are being flashed across my television screen. I am sick, again, and again, and again.
The murderer was granted and maintained a security clearance to work as a contractor for the federal government. I am not criticizing or holding accountable, government contract employees in this case. I have worked with many during my career in the federal government and I know many personally even today. They are fine people. My criticisms are with the contracting firms responsible for verifying and certifying their employees and for the federal government in failing to follow up and for filling positions with contract employees when they could fill these positions with verified, certified, and thoroughly investigated federal employees.
My criticism extends to the National Rifle Association, who, through intimidation, threats and the sheer power that it’s members have emboldened them with, blocked any movement in our paralyzed Congress after the shootings at Sandy Hook, which may have prevented this latest or future tragedies. And there will be more, until, “We The People”, demand change.
Thanks for stopping by to read my post, see ya’s next week, for Life with Mo.