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 24, 2010

What's next?

The articles and mentions of guns in the news appear to be getting scarier. First of all, check out the article I've posted at the top of the blog about where the gun came from in the case of the Alabama professor, Amy Bishop, who shot some of her colleagues. Her husband asked a friend in New Hampshire to get the gun for him because he was having trouble with a neighbor in Massachusetts. Because of looser laws in New Hampshire, Bishop's husband knew that a friend could get him the gun in a hurry- no waiting period. First of all, why was he in such a hurry? What did he intend to do with the gun? Second of all, in this case, it seems to me that waiting a bit would have been a good thing. This could also be considered a Straw Purchase.

Last night, I heard about the man who blogged to encourage his fellow readers to throw rocks and bricks at the glass windows of Democratic party offices and Democratic candidate's offices if they voted in favor of the health care bill. So not surprisingly, offices all over the country were vandalized. The blogger came forward, seemingly proud of what he had accomplished, and then encouraged his followers, on a video and a radio show, to clean their rifles and get ready for what's next. What IS next? Well, he is planning an Open Carry rally for April 19th in a park in Virginia, near Washington D.C. If that date is familiar, it's because it's the date that Timothy McVeigh blew up the Oklahoma City government building. Also, it's the date of the Waco, Texas show down between a militia group, barricaded inside a building with their arsenal, and the U.S. government.

The third thing I noticed today was that more permits to carry guns have been issued than ever before. That, combined with the Open Carry movement, is concerning at the least. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. I think the whole country should take a vaction together. rent a really big house. sit and talk, and leave the hatred home.

    great blog, Joan...