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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, November 26, 2010

A new wrinkle

Here's a first. We put roses on the grave of my recently deceased mother as a memorial to her love of roses for all occasions. She asked for a rose on her casket; we put many roses on her casket so they would accompany her to wherever her soul may now rest. But we didn't place the roses there to cleanse our souls. We did it because of our love for her and to honor her. I kind of like the idea of cleansing one's soul by placing a gun on the grave of a deceased person. At least that "person" can't now use it for any other purpose and the woman got rid of it in a fairly safe place. The best part is that she really wants that gun to be destroyed which will take it out of circulation to assure that it doesn't end up in the wrong hands. It can't now be stolen and sold on the street or bought by a private collector who might just sell it in a private sale at a gun show, flea market or other venue without the benefit of a background check. Who knows where that gun could have ended up? This makes common sense.


  1. Spartenberg, where this occurred, was a pretty nice southern city last time I was there. I doubt that this has anything to do with illegal guns, trafficking, or crime.

    Really, I think it's a little sad that you're so happy that this gun may be destroyed. An old .45 could be a WWII bring-back or a 50s police pistol or a family heirloom, and a real piece of history could be lost.

  2. I know of people who have inherited guns from family members. Several of these folks have chosen to have the guns destroyed by law enforcement- melted down or whatever they do with them. It was their decision to do so much as this woman did. One person told me he was simply not interested in having these guns get back into the market place. Another I know is thinking of doing the same. There are certainly plenty of guns out there for whoever wants them.

  3. Yes Joan, there are plenty of guns, and the good thing is that they keep making more!

    Because just like any other mechanical device, sooner or later they just wear out.

    Of course there are plenty of old guns that aren't made any more, such as non-microgrooved Marlin 336's (a lever action rifle) and pre-64 Winchester Model 70's. Singer Sewing Machine Company 1911's (WWII surplus) and Rockola JukeBox Company M1 Carbines.

    Those particular firearms will never be made again, and the price tag for those rare variants ensures that they will continue to be rare on the market place.

    But in the end guns are just property, same as any other property, and the property owner has the right do decide what to do with their property.

    Sure wish I had a Singer 1911 though.

  4. Guns do more harm than good. So, fewer is better.

  5. It isn't "common sense" to me to abandon a functional firearm in a public place, unsecured. I don't necessarily think it should be illegal unless she had some sort of mens rea (i.e. nefarious intent) but it sure isn't a good idea.

    I figure that if a private property owner wants to destroy their property, whatever they want to do.

    I am kind of sad when collector's pieces -- especially older items -- are destroyed. I'm a history buff and a collector so it is regrettable to me to see irreplaceable relics destroyed rather than put into a museum or private collection for safe keeping. Given that I don't hear about too many crimes with 19th century single action revolvers, WW1 rifles, or other such relics I don't think that it is really a significant public safety issue to keep them in private hands! Still, if a private individual wants to destroy their property, so be it.

    When a public agency wants to destroy items I think that is an entirely different question. Wanton waste of public resources verges on fraud, waste, and abuse. We don't melt down cars driven by DUI offenders; we auction them off to law abiding drivers (at least in Alaska, we do!).