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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.

Monday, March 29, 2010

In honor of Jim Brady

Today marks the 29th anniversary of the shooting of former Press Secretary Jim Brady in the attempted assassination of President Reagan. For Brady, the shooting marked the end of a normal life and left him with debilitating life-long injuries. I had the opportunity to meet him last summer at an event in Washington D.C. It's easy to discern his sense of humor underneath his difficulty speaking and amazing that he still has a sense of humor after all he has endured since the shooting in 1981. He and his wife, Sarah, are courageous people dedicated to the cause of preventing gun injuries and deaths. Because of Jim and Sarah Brady, a law was passed in 1993 requiring background checks on all sales of guns from federally licensed firearms dealers. Because of Jim and Sarah Brady, over 1.6 million prohibited people have been prevented from buying guns from licensed dealers. Such prohibited purchasers as felons, domestic abusers, those who are dangerously mentally ill and even terrorists have been stopped from getting guns.

There is more work to be done to complete what Sarah and Jim started many years ago. Because Brady background checks do not extend to unlicensed or private sellers of guns, many people who should not have guns get them anyway. Gun shows provide a large venue for these type of sales. Watch the hidden camera video of Colin Goddard at gun shows listed in my videos to see how easy it is to buy any type of gun from private sellers at gun shows all over our country. It would be simple to stop this practice. Both the U.S. House and Senate have bills before them that could save lives. You can contact your Congressional leaders and ask them to sign on to the gun show background check bills. There is no reason not to. No one's rights or ability to hunt would be affected. Honor Jim Brady on this day by asking your Representative and Senator to support the gun show background check bills here.

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