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Give it up, turn it loose

Most guys won't admit it, but there's typically one girl group that they like. Go ahead...ask one. He might like a lot because of their looks, but there's probably one group of all girls that they legitimately like their songs. Mine is En Vouge. The Original Four: Terry Ellis, Dawn Robinson, Cindy Herron, and Maxine Jones. The versions with three singers were cool...kinda. But the Original Four were and still are better than 80% of the music out now.

I'm not debating that. I said it and I meant it.

They've had many hits, but one of my favorite is Give it Up, Turn it Loose. This 90's midtempo women's empowerment anthem encourages a young woman to not focus on a past lover, but to take control of her life and make the best of her situation. He did you wrong, just go on and not be tied down to all the old stuff from the past.

Every now and then, that song will come to mind. How many of us have felt tied down to old ways of thinking, old relationships, or old beliefs. If they serve you, then they have a reason to stay...but if the old ways are hurting you, then it might be time to "give it up, and turn it loose." One old school mode of thinking that needs to be challenged is how we as Americans handle gun violence.

If you're still with me...thanks. This topic has sharply drawn lines between family members, friends, classmates, co-workers...everyone. I'm no politician, and I'm not pretending to have the answer, but I do have a few suggestions:

  1. Take this seriously - Way too many people are making jokes and being sarcastic about gun violence while more people (especially children) are left in limbo.

  2. Make the main thing the main thing - Politics have gotten in the way. Lives aren't important as political affiliation.

  3. Find a solution - I can't tell you the number of times I've heard "That's not the answer." Well man what is the answer? Don't tell us anymore what we can't do...find out what we can do!

If you're reading this, let's make this a major issue. Let's give up and turn loose our old ways of thinking about gun violence, and let's start pushing our elected leaders to create an action plan to address this!

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