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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.