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.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg vs. President Obama

So many articles in the current news cycle demand attention that I had a hard time deciding what to write about today. First off is the arrest of the 9 people from a quasi-religious militia group whose impressive arsenal rivals that of an army unit. With the rise in the number of hate groups and militia groups, we all need to take note of the people who would attack our own country from within because of their scary anti-government beliefs. When groups like this use the internet and social networking to connect with other such groups, something is bound to happen. When the extreme rhetoric of fear and hate is fomented by by some in the far right media ( and even by politicians), something is bound to happen. We have not heard the end of this yet.

Late yesterday, though, an article in the Huffington Post caught my eye. It's pretty hard to ignore all the stories of shootings and violence and recent threats of violence all over the country. Cities whose gun crimes had gone down over recent years are seeing a rise. Minneapolis is one such city and now, after a mass shooting last night on a street in Washington D.C., it is being said that that city's gun crime rate and shootings are on the increase again. Stepping into the political battle about guns and gun rights is a risky thing to do considering the power and control of the NRA. But that didn't stop New York's Mayor Bloomberg, representing the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization, from having the courage to write a letter to President Obama which can be read here. Bloomberg, along with Boston Mayor Menino, are asking for a meeting with the Obama administration about measures that could reduce the prevalence of illegal guns on the streets of our cities and to stop dangerous people from continuing to have easy access to guns. This seems like a no-brainer to me. But once you read the letter, you understand the frustration of the Mayors of cities large and small and those of us who have been concerned at the lack of attention to this controversial issue. Mayor Bloomberg is right. President Obama, under fierce opposition, has moved forward with other issues because he knew they were the right thing to do for the citizens of the country. It's time for him to tackle this issue. Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg for putting pressure on. If the majority of the public who want something to be done about gun violence would stand up and speak out, something might actually change for the better.

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