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.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

No apple pie on Thanksgiving for many

This is a new and extraordinary article published in the Washington Post on Sunday. The article verifies what folks on both sides of the gun issue have been saying in one way or the other. First, that criminals should not have guns and should be punished for their crimes. Second, we should stop criminals from getting guns in the first place. Third, if we could change some laws, we could reduce the number of criminals who get guns. Fourth, there should be consistent national laws to prevent criminals from getting guns. Admittedly, it is I who has been advocating for the latter two of these.

Here is a local story from the Duluth News Tribune about a recent arrest for stealing guns, highlighting locally what the Washington Post story has noted. These young men did not get a chance to use those stolen guns, thankfully. One wonders what they had planned for those stolen guns. We know that many stolen guns are used in crimes and deadly shootings.

In the end, there are victims. Pictures do tell stories. These pictures show the faces of slain police officers. They were shot in the line of duty. The video in this Washington Post link is the poignant story of a crime gun and how it ended the life of a young Indiana state trooper. Listen and watch as the wife of the slain officer talks about the ripple effects of the shooting death of her husband. These stories are far too prevalent in our communities. They don't have to be told. We can work together to make sure that children like the son born to Scott's wife after his death do grow up knowing their parents. The interview with the shooter is haunting. Is he remorseful?

So what's my point here? As usual, I am saying that too many people lose their lives to gun injuries. We can reduce and/or prevent some of the shootings with common sense measures. Apple pie and motherhood supposedly go together. One mother, above, will not get to eat apple pie this Thanksgiving with her now dead husband who was shot while on duty as a State Trooper. This is way too common. The young men in the article, above, were not using common sense when stealing guns and now they won't be eating apple pie with their families at Thanksgiving dinner either. My sister's children and grandchildren will not be eating apple pie with her this Thanksgiving. My mother didn't get to eat apple pie with her daughter for many years before she, herself, recently died.Too many families have empty chairs around their tables this holiday season. Maybe there is a place in the "hereafter" where apple pie is served to those special people in our lives who went before us. They weren't supposed to die from gun injuries. Let's do something about this.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Enjoy that apple pie with those you love and keep those who have died from senseless gun injuries in your hearts this Thanksgiving.


  1. Joan, I know you are trying to follow Alinski's rules and "personalize the issue" by telling stories and giving faces to issues.

    Let me applaud you for that, but you risk marginalizing yourself even further. No matter what you believe you are not in the mainstream. Most Americans agree with what you want to achieve, but strongly disagree with you on how to go about achieving that endstate.

    You need to actually show some data that your proposals aren't just nostrums. Places like Chicago, DC, NY, all have high violence and very restrictive gun laws. The entire nation of Mexico has even more draconian laws than the US (the Brady campaign once commented that the Mexican law that no civilian could legally own a firearm chambered in a military caliber should be adopted nationally in the US).

    Great job on the emotional appeal. Now try to prove your point with cold logic. Because until you can do that, you will come across as someone who is grieving and not thinking rationally.

  2. Happy Turkey Day to you too, Japete.

  3. Thanks, Colin- and to you, too.

  4. AM- I have used facts many many times in my blog. But there are lots of stories to be told, unfortunately.

  5. AM is being disingenuous in giving you that backhanded compliment. "Great job on the emotional appeal," give me a break.

    The fact that in places like Chicago, DC and NY as well as in the entire country of Mexico there are strict gun laws and lots of gun crime has nothing to do with anything.

    Your so-called "nostrums" to improve the situation have been well backed up with facts and statistics and most Americans agree with you.

    AM is conveniently ignoring one fact, all the guns involved in all the problems in all the places he mentioned are coming from guys just like him, legitimate gun owners. That's why the laws we want are focused on legitimate gun owners. Will they be inconvenienced, yes indeed. Will it cut down on the gun flow into the criminal world, absolutely yes.

  6. MikeB302000,

    Were you the guy who said he didn't care about facts?

    All the guns involved in crime do start somewhere, but as you have seen, mandatory trigger locks don't work (criminals steel the gun then cut off the lock), lockable containers don't work (criminals bust the lock or steal gun safes whole), 100% background checks don't work (because criminals find a family member to make a straw purchase for them).

    You offer more of the same, restricting my rights with absolutely no data that your nostrums will work. My side has plenty of data to show that "more guns less crime" is a reality.

    But that's ok Mike, I don't expect you to understand, after all I'm talking facts, something you do not care about.

    And for what it's work, "The Armed Citizen" has been a column in American Riflemen for as long as I can remember, telling the success stories of the old, infirm, minority, rich, and poor who defended their lives and/or property by using a firearm. Most of them never fired a shot, the rack of a shotgun or the sight of a firearm made all the difference. But stories are anecdotes, and anecdotes are not data. That is why my side looks at the numbers.