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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.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Gun crazy in Oklahoma

Well, as we move towards tax day and April 19th, here is a new wrinkle. Some Oklahomans want to re-create the Civil War or the Revolutionary War or whatever, by arming people to rise up against the government. An anti-government militia is in their sights. What in the world are these people thinking? Isn't there something called treasonous acts against the government? Didn't the largest terror attack against the U.S. before 9-11 occur in Oklahoma City on April 19th, 1995? Yes, it was perpetrated by American citizen, Terry McVeigh, who was a member of a militia and hated his own government. He was afraid of all sorts of things including a faulty perception that some of his rights were being violated. McVeigh gained some of his steam at gun shows where any and all type of weapon and military paraphenalia are available. Have we learned anything from this horrific event? Apparently some in Oklahoma want to re-live it and actually sympathize with militia groups.

Please keep an eye on these proposed militia groups and the proposed legislation in Oklahoma. There are potentially dangerous people out there who want to bring our President and our own country down because they don't agree with him. One of the reasons American Democracy has survived for these 200 plus years is because we have a peaceful transition of power when a new President and a new party are elected. If people don't like it, they can exercise their right to vote in the next election. But resorting to violence against the government and threats of violence against the President and elected leaders is just plain ludicrous, dangerous and unsettling. The confluence of anger at the government, hyperbolic media, the tea partiers, the militias and the Open Carry movement is happening before our very eyes. Who will speak up against it before something tragic happens?

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