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.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

A milestone

Well, I think my blog has reached a milestone. I have now had over 30,000 views on this blog since I started it in May of this year close to the 10th anniversary of the first Million Mom March. My audience has broadened to include people all over the world. I have readers from Japan, Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, Russia, Germany, Ukraine, South Korea and more. Thanks everyone. I know that many of the views are by my "gun guy" friends who are constantly vigilant about checking out what I am blogging about. They never fail to leave their comments- some instructive and constructive, some downright rude and accusatory. Sometimes they comments just because they can and they feel a need to immediately counter anything I write about.

As you know, I don't publish all comments. It would be a full time job to monitor, publish and respond to all the comments. But I do publish most of them. And then we are off to the races with back and forths until I get tired of the exchange- particularly if it is not leading anywhere or just a side bar to the issue at hand. I get a lot of advice, too. It's pretty interesting to me that people I don't know are so willing to get into it with me and give me advice. I try not to give others advice unless they ask for it. But not so much the "gun guys". They are free with their comments, their criticism and their advice. They are sure they can talk me down. I don't believe they have.

Anyway, thanks everyone, again, for reading. I have a lot more to say so keep reading. You might learn something new. You might get angry. In the end, maybe you might agree with me about a thing or two. And just maybe we can make some progress towards common sense concerning stopping the senseless shootings. Surely we are coming at the problem from two opposite view points but nothing is impossible. I've learned a lot through this process and have actually made a few friends. I know I have also made a few enemies. Some are not responding any more because I refuse to acknowledge their rudeness and vitriol. Others have stuck with me even though we disagree a lot. I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my views. There will be much more.


  1. Joan, you wrote "They are sure they can talk me down. I don't believe they have."

    That would assume that you are open minded and willing to view evidence with dispassionate logic in your search for truth.

    So you are right, we haven't. And probably won't.

  2. Thanks for the compliment anon!!

  3. http://www.bradycampaign.org/media/press/view/1323/

    Would you care to comment on the character assassination of Mr. D'Cruz by the Brady Campaign?

  4. Yup- if you think the following is a character assassination, I am scared of you. " D’Cruz’s Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/james.dcruz1) pictures him in a black suit and hat reminiscent of John Dillinger, posing with legs spread apart, holding upright in his hand what appears to be a machine gun or assault weapon. Many of his postings over the past year reflect his fascination with gangsters and outlaws, often quoting them, and include violent, threatening messages, such as these:.."

    The young man has a serious problem and is violent. He should not be carrying guns around in public. What makes you think this is the picture of a perfectly normal teen-ager?

  5. "The young man has a serious problem and is violent."

    Do you have any specific instances to provide us? What acts of violence has he perpetrated? The Brady polemic lists none.

  6. " "Death is but a doorway", October 6 at 5:28pm,

    "the match is lit and it will burn all of us now", September 25 at 12:06pm

    "in this field of hundreds begging for their lives, we shall spare none," August 9 at 11:38am

    After hunting men, nothing can compare"-Shooter, December 26, 2009 at 5:47pm

    "There is no redemption, There is no forgiveness. I will stare into your eyes as I pull the trigger and laugh as you hit the ground with your last, pathetic breath." April 1"

  7. Congratulations on a great blog. I admire your perseverance with guys like jdege who defend guys like D'Cruz.