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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.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Gun crazy

When I read this article about a man who shot at 2 people who were just sitting at an overlook, I immediately thought of how often crazy people have guns and use them. It's a sad commentary on our culture that we have refused to stop people who are seriously mentally ill from getting guns at gun shows without background checks or that we have not been good at making sure their names get into the data base of prohibited gun purchasers. If this man admitted to his victim that he was crazy, who else knew he was crazy?

Crazy people will almost always get their hands on weapons. Our bigger problem is the culture in our own country that shrugs off these daily incidents and refuses to deal with the problem of our gun culture. Yes, people have rights to own guns. We now have millions and millions of guns owned by "law abiding citizens". The problem is, we have made it too easy for just anyone to have a gun because of our weak gun laws.

And, speaking of the ease of access to guns by people who should not have them, there is more to the story I wrote about the 8th grader in Hastings, Minnesota, who waved a loaded gun around at his school. In an article in today's Star Tribune, the foster parents told a story of a young boy who they wanted to adopt from Russia, with serious mental and emotional problems. They were afraid of him and predicted that he could be violent. And yet, from the early reports, the gun this boy used to threaten classmates and teachers at his school, came from their own home where he had found the key to the lock and stolen the gun. There is a lesson here. When teen-aged children have serious enough problems to make parents in the home afraid for their own safety, perhaps the best idea about guns is to make sure there are none in the home. Way too often, the guns children and teens use to commit shootings have come from home.

When will we ever learn?

1 comment:

  1. I work at a cooperative school where students who can't be handled at their home school because of physical, mental or emotional problems are schooled. A couple of years ago a 16 year old autistic boy brought a loaded gun to school for "Show and Tell". It had been left on the living room table.

    We were lucky. His teacher realized that the gun was real and was able to handle the situation in such a way that no one was injured.

    The boy, who has the mental age of a three year old spent the night in jail but the father who is quite aware of his son's disability and was so irresponsible with his firearms, never served a day and had the nerve to blame the school!

    All you hear from the gun lobby side is about their right, when what we should hear about is responsibility.