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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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Numbers

Sometimes the world does not make sense. Currently we are seeing a rise in the number of guns purchased, the number of permits issued and the number of threats to politicians who advocate for change. Change is difficult but violence shouldn't have to accompany it. Historically, however, in our country and world-wide, disturbing the perceived order often results in violence. I was struck by Charles Blow's article in today's New York Times. In this article Blow provides some history, along with photos, of past violent occurrences in our Nation's history when people whose beliefs were challenged used violence to express their hatred and frustration. Since guns are such lethal weapons and used so well to intimidate, it is often a gun that makes a difference. History repeats itself. I hope that won't be the case but the numbers are pointing to more problems ahead. I believe that the number of supporters in favor of insurgence and violence against the government and government officials with whom they disagree is smaller than the number who is not afraid of change if it leads to a better world. But a small number of people can make a big difference one way or the other. Will we let the minority decide on the fate of our nation? Will we let the minority use their hate talk and their guns to intimidate us? Time will tell.

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