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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.

The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.

I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."

That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NRA from Clay to Bronze

I have been an advocate for common sense gun control laws since the nineties. Then in 2009 a man shot and killed his wife and two children just six blocks from my home. I was horrified and have not been able to get it out of my mind. It still haunts me. But, if after Sandyhook, this country could not even put in place common sense gun control laws for our children, just what will it take? Words do not seem to bring home to people the reality of domestic violence and guns. I am a creator of bronze sculptures, a storyteller really. I decided to do a visual interpretation that conveys the true horror of domestic violence and guns that, once seen, will call people to action.

I began this project with an idea and a drawing. I did not know how I was going to translate a one-dimensional picture into a three dimensional sculpture that would convey all of the messages I wanted to convey: the murders, which took place in the sanctity of the bedroom where a wife and mother assumes that she and her children will be safe; the underlying reasons for domestic violence…jealousy, control, dominance; the killer, victorious; lives destroyed, families torn apart; fear and ultimately sorrow. I have never wavered in my decision to name my sculpture NRA. It is, after all, part of the story.

I was on City Council when the murders occurred in my town. I immediately began looking for ways that we could prevent this from happening again. After a lot of research I put together a proposal and presented my recommendations at a Council meeting. I pointed out that a woman is eight times more likely to be killed during a domestic dispute if there is a gun in the house. So I posed the question, “how can we get the guns out of the hands of the abusers?” And by opposing any and all gun control laws that would help stem the flow of guns into their hands, the National Rifle Association is complicit, I said. One of the Councilmen chided me “for defaming such an honorable organization” and stated that the thousands of gun deaths each year “are the price we pay for our freedom”. I became even more determined to take on this project.It's a difficult subject.

 A gallery curator told me that NRA is beautifully rendered but it is not something that anyone would want to put on their coffee table. That has never been my intention. Since the beginning, when NRA was just an idea on a piece of paper, I have imagined the sculpture displayed in public venues to raise awareness of this scourge that has spread across our land.

 I took a leap of faith when I began this project. I knew I didn't have the money to have NRA cast in bronze. And, I knew I don't have the connections in the art world to get it place in a venue where it can be seen without help. But for the fact that I am driven to finish this, it's never been about me. It is about Jennifer Meeks and her two small children who were gunned down in their own home and for all of the other victims of domestic violence and of guns.

I am very grateful to The Puffin Foundation LTD which just awarded a grant to help cover the casting cost. More is still needed. If you would like to make a contribution towards having NRA cast in bronze or know of public venues in which it might be shown, please contact me at Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Bohemian Rhapsody

                                            Jacquelyn K. Thompson
                                                  (click to enlarge)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Paranoid Nation

While addressing the crowd at the NRA convention center, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said "Freedom has never needed our defense more than now...So I ask you this afternoon -- do you trust this government really to protect you and your family? We’re on our own. That’s a certainty." What we are seeing is a fraying of our society... a civilization crumbling. Whereas we came together with a shared dream of a country founded on laws, and assigned to our government the duty to protect both individuals and society as a whole, Mr. LaPierre and others preach paranoia and lawlessness.  When people think they have the right to supplant our Constitutionally-appointed protectors and arbitors of our laws with a gun on their hips and the right to shoot to kill (no questions asked) and to intimidate, then how long will it be before we sink into anarchy?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Silent Parks

Snowmobiles do not belong in our National and State parks. Our parks are pristine areas preserved for future generations. I come to the parks to enjoy nature, see wildlife and to commune with God. I relish the silence. You do not drive snowmobiles in your churches, mosques and synagogues. What makes some think that they belong in God's natural cathedral, Yellowstone National Park, or any other?

We are inundated with noise wherever we go. Our parks are our one haven from the cacophony that surrounds us.

We have to set limits somewhere. Draw the line here. Preserve the beauty and the quiet of our parks.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Image of Man

I do not buy into the blasphemous idea that we are created in God's image. How egotistical is that? There is nothing God-like about the human race. Look around you. What do you see? Wars. Murder. Starvation. Rape. Greed. Hate. We're at the top of the food chain. We're the worst animals of all, because we are not driven by instinct alone.

Evolution is real. The evidence supports it. Only by accepting our true beginnings can we begin to overcome our animalistic tendencies that have wrought havoc upon the world in which we live. We can strive to be God-like, but we were not born that way.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Real Heart of America

Who are the brave people in this country? New Yorkers, who ran into burning buildings and gave their lives to save others on 9/11. New Yorkers, who combed through toxic rubble to bring loved ones home. New Yorkers, who picked themselves up and stood strong against terrorism.

Who are the brave people in this country? Bostonians, who ran toward the bombs, instead of away on 4/15. The policemen, State Troopers and FBI agents who marched steadfastly into danger. The people who came out of their homes in the midst of battle and cheered them on. It is the Mayor who rose from his wheelchair to inform and console. Who are the brave people in this country? The Governor, the President and First Lady who came to Boston to face down terrorism.

New Englanders are shining examples of what makes this Country great. Why do you think New York and Boston are targets of the terrorists' wrath? Because these great cities are glimmering beacons of hope to people the world over who long for freedom. New York and Boston are the real heartland of our country. I will have none of the hatemongering towards the greatest that America has to offer....its people. All of its people

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Plague Across the Land

Longing for a more peaceful future for our Nation, I look forward, not backward.  Jaded, I know that the same struggles continue as history repeats itself. Forged in the jungles of Vietnam, on a street in Dallas, a balcony in Memphis and in LA….gunned down, dreams dashed we rise again, all too often through the haze of violence and ignorance and hatred. Instead of learning from our mistakes, over and over again we march blindly back into our past.  So here we are...full circle once again. We must become engaged. We have to push back against the culture of guns that is striking down the hopes and dreams of too many of our fellow Americans while so many more live in fear of those who are armed and dangerous. We must quash the rise of those, armed, who wish to overthrow our democratically elected government. We must heal those who are overcome and driven by the sickness of their minds. Oklahoma City.  Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora. Newtown. We can no longer turn a blind eye or remain passive. It's going to take all of us to halt the plague that is engulfing our country.