Never a laughing matter is a young child, a girl barely out of toddlerhood, pointing a rifle at the viewer. Clues from the photo which inspired this painting indicate that it was taken sometime in the late 1940’s or early 50’s. The world had just settled into a time of peace after decades of unbelievable death and destruction. But in this antique photo I see a foreshadowing of the paroxysm of violence and death we have been forced to endure in our neighborhoods, schools and shopping malls because of the greed of one of the most powerful lobby groups in America, the National Rifle Association. How very tragic when It's in Our Hands to change this sad state of affairs.
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