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.
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Birthday Reflections

On this day, March 26th, my mother turns 95! She is one tough lady. Many years ago, her first husband was shot to death leaving her a widow with a one year old child, my sister. Tragically, her first born child, my sister, was shot to death 54 years after her own father had lost his life to a bullet. My mother has endured much. So I am reflecting on her life and the lost lives of those who should not have died before my mother. I know what the results of the combination of anger and guns can do. When a gun is involved, anger often leads to tragic action.

In the last several days, there has been much talk about the angry tea partiers and the threats they have made against those who voted in favor of health care reform. Whether or not you wanted the health care bill to pass, threats of violence are not to be tolerated or acceptable in a civil society. We are not a third world counry or a Banana Republic. Those who profess to defending the Constitution with their anger are ignoring what our Founding Fathers wanted for our country. This is not what was envisioned. Read this from Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson in today's column about the potential for violence in our country.

I know how violence affected my own family. Don't let us tolerate this. Angry words can too quickly lead to tragedy.

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