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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.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A mother's story

After dealing with machine guns, assault rifles, assault weapons, hand grenades and other such topics, here is a story about the actual pain and suffering of someone who has lost too many people in her life to injuries from a gun. In this article about why Americans have a love affair with guns, there is a story about a brave woman who has lost all 4 of her children to bullets. I don't know how anyone carries on after that. Senseless. After getting past the tragedy of the woman's story, what stands out to me in the article is that the writer pinpoints so well America's problem with guns. I have never seen the study of small arms cited in the article that found that America is the most heavily armed country in the world!! But I have been pointing this out to others in my blog. If guns make us safer, why does a country that is the most heavily armed in the world have so many gun deaths and injuries compared to other countries? 

Here is a quote from a sociology and criminology professor at the University of Valparaiso in Indiana: ""Unless we can change the meanings that guns have for people, we will not make much progress in reducing their presence," Yogan said." I would submit that this is what all of the commenting and the arguing is about on my blog and others similar to mine. In fact, I have seen the same names commenting on other blogs written by people who agree with me. We have a fundamental difference in the way we view guns and their meaning for us in our own lives. It may not happen in my lifetime but I hope that common sense will prevail about preventing gun injuries and deaths. Lenore Johnson's story is what keeps me working towards that end and it keeps me blogging about this issue.


  1. How long will the carnage keep going on before someone shouts enough?

  2. What a sad story! Thanks for posting it.

  3. I had a buddy join the Army because it was safer than staying on as a member of the Gary SWAT team. Gary is a rough town. Lots of crime exported from gun free Chicago.

    Still, I'm sure there is more to her children's stories than "innocent bystanders". It could happen, but it is a statistical improbability.

  4. Every one of the guns used to kill her kids and every single bullet started out the legal property of some lawful gun owner somewhere. Those are the guys we need to focus on with legislation and education.

    I'm willing to relegate the bad guys to the criminal justice system, the cops, social workers and teachers. Gun control folks need to address their suggestions and influence to people who will listen, legitimate gun owners.

    We have to work together to find ways for the legal owners of guns to prevent them from slipping into the big flow.

  5. We all know if we could only take away the guns crime would stop right? Then we can read the newspaper articles about how knives took someone's family away.

    Death by gun is no greater tragedy than death by knife or the proverbial blunt object. Maybe everyone's efforts would have a farther reaching effect if we tried to eliminate the desire for people to commit crimes.

  6. Death by gun takes more lives, by a large amount, than knives or a blunt object. The facts speak for themselves. I did not make it up.

  7. japete, death by gun accounts for 60% of murders in the US. Death by everything else accounts for 40%. This is not made up.

    That means of every ten murders, six are by gun, four are by other means. That doesn't sound like a large amount to me.

  8. So 60 out of 100 people who are murdered are murdered by gun and that isn't a lot to you?? Wow. That says a lot. When 32 people a day are murdered by gun, that's not a lot to you? I wonder if you would think differently if just one of those was your son or your sister. One is one too many.

  9. "When 32 people a day are murdered by gun, that's not a lot to you?"

    But far more than that are saved by a gun. Every single day, women avoid being raped because they have a gun, or people avoid being beaten or shot because they have a gun. Disarm the criminals, or get them away from the rest of us, before preaching about taking away the only means of defense the weakest among us have.

  10. That's total nonsense and nothing supports your statement.