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.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Raise your voice

While thinking today about what to write, I read an article in the New York Times about the Tea Party rally in Searchlight, Nevada, Senator Harry Reid's home town. At the rally, those who spoke backed away from recent violent references apparently sensitive to the criticisms of other rallies where signs threatening violence were in plain view. That must mean that the voices raised against the actual violence and the threatened violence have had some effect. But, not to worry about those Tea Partiers. There are problems on another front. Senator Harry Reid, in an effort to show his stripes to those gun-toting folks on all sides planned his own event in Nevada. From the article: "Mr. Reid was in Las Vegas, about 60 miles away, for the opening of a new shooting park with Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association at his side. There, Mr. Reid recalled fondly his small-town upbringing and his first gun, as well as his long friendship with Mr. LaPierre." Yikes! Read more here.

Is it any wonder that those of us working for common sense legislation to actually prevent gun injuries and deaths are frustrated? When elected leaders on all sides are afraid to run against the NRA and those who believe that guns should be carried everywhere by everyone have the ear of the Senate Majority Leader, how will anything change? It is time to raise our voices to ask our leaders to support simple measures like requiring background checks on all sales of guns at gun shows. Who would that hurt? Certainly not Wayne LaPierre or Harry Reid, both of whom could pass a background check.

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