Dan Coonan’s emailed a statement to us this evening regarding their new relationship with Evolve (and posted it to their web site). I also had a long conversation this afternoon with Rebecca Bond, one of the founders of Evolve. She’s going to follow up with a post here, too, that’s intended to do a better job of explaining what Evolve is all about than their, um, rudimentary web site. Here’s Coonan’s statement:
Most important, I am a firm supporter of our Second Amendment rights – all of them!
My goal, and the proposed goal of the relationship with EVOLVE, is to shift the single-pointed focus of gun related violence and the social/economic/political aspects that are promoting a culture of violence in this country . . .
Evolve is intending to bridge the gap between the extremely large number of people that are caught in the middle of this debate and shift the focus of the debate to the root causes of violence, as well as promote firearm safety and responsible ownership.
The first step is to start a common dialogue between gun owners and non-gun owners. We at Coonan, Inc. support that dialogue and want to help nurture that growth in the proper direction.
We understand the enormity and sensitivity of a project like this, and ask that you please be patient with the development of this effort.