Welcome to Common Gunsense

I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Guns and mass shootings- as American as apple pie and country music

My new post at my other blogging platform asserts that we have become complacent about gun deaths and injuries because people feel helpless to do anything about the continued carnage. After Columbine, Americans by and large believed that we could do something about school shootings. Not only did we not do something, we did nothing. We came under the fierce opposition of the corporate gun lobby who resisted any common sense measures to stop school shootings and the thousands of other shootings in our country.

In this post, I wrote about what Americans have come to think is acceptable in our communities. Or, at the least, what the gun lobby and its' bought and paid for elected officials think is acceptable in the name of profits. It's a sick message that gets delivered in sound bites and veiled talk of confiscation and taking away rights. So we are stuck in a place of unacceptable levels of domestic shootings, gun suicides, toddlers shooting themselves and others, cops shooting unarmed black young men, cops being ambushed by gun extremists, babies shooting their parents, parents shooting their kids, black youth shooting each other, and "law abiding" gun owners shooting themselves in their private parts or shooting innocent motorists in road rage incidents. And then they have the nerve to flaunt their assault rifles in family shopping places and restaurants as if it's all just a normal part of American life- like apple pie and country music.

And when a country music performer in the name of Tim McGraw decides to do a benefit concert to raise money for Sandy Hook Promise- an organization working to protect children from heinous shootings like the one that occurred in their own community, the gun nuts go berserk and attack him mercilessly. He is standing strong however.

This is I wrote about on my other post site. Check it, and more, out.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Who is thinking of our children- today's news of gun fanaticism and madness

You might want to check out my new post on this site for information about the activities of gun rights extremists in the news and also of absurd shootings of and by young children. Who is thinking of the children? The question needs to be asked and answered. As the corporate gun lobby keeps pushing for more extreme measures to weaken our gun laws and make sure everyone who wants to can carry guns anywhere, we are seeing more "accidental" gun discharges and intentional shootings. When a gun is not available, these things would not be happening, period. We can do better than this. I have posted several new posts on my new blogging site. Please check them out.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guns, babies and other gun absurdities

When babies shoot other babies, don't we have a problem? You wouldn't know it by the constant stream of excuses coming from the gun lobby and gun rights extremists. Their fear is of hurricanes, ISIS, a robber lurking around every corner or a rapist. What the rest of us fear is law abiding gun owners and their guns. How can you explain a 3 year old killing a one year old brother with a gun bought most likely for self defense by parents who have been pushed to fear for their lives. Instead, a life is lost. How else can you explain a young mother carrying a gun around inside of a diaper bag while shopping. You know where this is going don't you? The gun discharged when the diaper bag dropped sending a bullet flying. Luckily no one was injured or we would be reading about yet another stupid and dangerous- and yes avoidable- gunshot injury or death.

This and other absurd rhetoric by gun lobby enthusiasts and supporters are in my latest blog post at my new blogging platform.  There is absolutely no common sense to our gun policies, our gun culture and to our neglect to protect our babies and children from devastating gun violence.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Duped by the gun lobby

I have published a new post at my new blogging site. Check it out. After going to the film, Merchants of Doubt, I started thinking about how much the thesis of the movie applied to the "conversation" about gun rights and gun violence prevention. We are treated to the same old talking points and myths and that is keeping us from moving forward to reduce and prevent gun deaths and injuries. Facts matter. If we are to what's right and make attempts to change the conversation and change gun laws to save lives, it is essential to look at facts and then have the discussion. But we shouldn't be prevented from having the discussion because one "team" is in denial about the facts. When profits supersede saving lives, it's an uphill battle to fight against powerful industries and lobby groups.