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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.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Typical summer day in America

Today is the summer solstice. We should be celebrating the longest day of the year. Some people, unfortunately, will not be able to celebrate because of a bullet. Such is a typical day in America. First there is this one- another permit holder shooting someone. I maintain my position that when a gun is available an ordinary road rage incident or argument can quickly turn deadly. Just how many stories of gun permit holders shooting another will we need to read before we wonder if it's such a great idea for so many people to be carrying guns around in public? And by the way, this story does not fit with the gun rights activists stories about how they will protect themselves in public places. As I have pointed out before, when guns are pulled out in a situation like this one, it is easy for the gun to be taken by the wrong person and used against the gun owner. But the gun lobby doesn't like these stories because they disprove their own case for how guns in public are a good idea for self defense. We hear that these cases are rare and shouldn't be used as examples against the idea that more guns make us safer. They have assured elected leaders that blood will not run in our streets as a result of carrying guns on the streets- until, of course it does.

And again, this one is the sad tale of domestic abuse that happens way too often. I agree with the quote in the article. " “The other sad thing about this is we have a lot of victims who don’t take these things seriously,” Almy said. “They feel as if police are interfering in their lives, that the DA’s office is interfering in their lives, and when we tell them your spouse is being abusive and you’re a victim, they say: ‘Nope, I’m fine. Don’t bother me. I’ll take care of this. There’s no problem. I overreacted. Things aren’t as bad as everybody thinks they are.’”" Listen up everyone. Guns and divorce or family break-ups are not a good fit. Using a gun to control the family is a good way to get a woman and the family to do your bidding and not dare to leave you. A gun is the ultimate threat because it is so deadly. And, again, too often, when a gun is available, an argument turns deadly. Anyone involved in a difficult divorce and/or separation should think twice about guns in the home. Asking a friend going through a divorce about guns in the home could be awkward but it could also save a life or two.

And those accidental discharges? I wonder when I will quit posting about them. As long as people think they need to have their guns with them everywhere they go, this type of accident will continue to happen. Ouch. Shooting oneself in the groin has got to hurt. I have posted about other such incidents many times before. Watch those guns in public places. They are infrequently used in self defense. We hear much more about accidental discharges instead and also intentional discharges in cases like the one linked above. Guns are dangerous.

Isn't it sad that we read these stories, or not, and then just shrug them off because the job of trying to prevent the stories above just seems too hard? That doesn't mean we shouldn't try. But we aren't trying. Instead of common sense, we are hiding behind the fear of what the gun lobby will say or do if we dare to mention guns. The NRA and its' members and friends stand in the way of reasonable gun laws while the shootings continue. They stand in the way of reasonable gun laws while our elected leaders run away in fear of them. They stand behind the second amendment to stop all reasonable restrictions on where guns can be, who can have them and how people can get them. This is illogical and flies in the face of reason and common sense.

And today is national ASK day. I wrote about this last week. Please ask if there are guns in the home where your children or teens hang out and play. It could save a life or two. Again, it could be awkward but worth it if the life of your own child or someone else's is saved by asking. It's simple. Try it. And while I'm at it, happy summer solstice everyone. Where I live we won't see the sun today. It's darker than usual because of rain, wind and downright cold weather. Enjoy the day where you live.

16 comments:

  1. "ordinary road rage incident"

    I don't think road rage is ordinary at all. Normal people (the majority) do not flip out over something so trivial. Ordinary adults don't lose their temper like that, whether or not they're carrying any weapons. The thought of harming the other person during an argument just doesn't enter their mind. I'm sure you'd never do anything like that, right? Neither would would myself or most other people.

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  2. Indeed. Road rage incidents are not particularly ordinarly but becoming more so. The person in the car was an ordinary permit holder. Otherwise how could he have gotten that permit? He was just a guy like you, right? A gun made the difference here.

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  3. "Isn't it sad that we read these stories, or not, and then just shrug them off because the job of trying to prevent the stories above just seems too hard?"

    So what is your plan to stop accidental/negligent discharges and murder and a possible self defense case where the presumed attacker is killed by the victim?

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  4. You must have missed something Anthony. If more people carry more guns in more places, more accidents and intentional shootings will happen. Gun permit laws that have passed in most states have allowed this. Now we are beginning to see the consequences of passing the laws. I don't have a plan at the moment. My intent is to educate the other folks who read my blog who agree with me. Perhaps at some point in the future, our legislators will see that they made some mistakes with the laws and also in loosening the laws already on the books.

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  5. "Please ask if there are guns in the home where your children or teens hang out and play. It could save a life or two."

    I have to say that in this day and age, I would not tell anyone I had guns in my house. Seems to me that no good could come of it and it would just make me a target for thieves. (Which is probably why your survey results are so skewed.) It also seems to me that this program is nothing more than an attempt by the anti-rights people to marginalize gun owners. By your figures roughly a third of the homes in the US have guns. So you aren't going to let your children play with a third of their friends? I know, you are supposed to enter into a dialog about how the guns are stored etc. I don't know about anyone else but for me that ain't happening.

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  6. Joan,

    You must have missed something Anthony. If more people carry more guns in more places, more accidents and intentional shootings will happen.

    Does this mean your plan is to try to repeal laws concerning concealed or open carry?

    I thought you weren't going to restrict our rights?

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  7. "Please ask if there are guns in the home where your children or teens hang out and play. It could save a life or two."

    I'd rather ask my child if they knew what to do if they come across a gun, or if their friends come across a gun in their home. Education is the key to reducing gun accidents in the home.

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  8. Yes- that's all part of the education. But children don't always do the right thing as we know from the many stories about kids shooting themselves or others when they find a gun in the home. Part of the education is not to do anything with the gun- leave it alone. That will save lives.

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  9. jdege- it's time for you to go do something else besides reading my blog...

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  10. "Part of the education is not to do anything with the gun- leave it alone."

    Yes, that's what I am talking about. My kids have been educated to do this. They also know to leave immediately if a friend handles a gun and to tell an adult. I think it would be a great thing if all children were given this education. Unfortunately, there are groups out there fighting these efforts.

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  11. And which groups would those be?

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  12. "And which groups would those be? " Yours!

    VPC (http://www.vpc.org/eddie.htm)

    Brady Campaign (http://blog.bradycampaign.org/?p=2224)

    and a quote from http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/05/25/virginia-governor-nra-monopoly-teaching-gun-safety-kids/

    The liberal anti-gun Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence protested McDonnell's move in a little-noticed blog posting earlier this month, ThinkProgress notes.

    A "study published in the late 1990s by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) noted that Eddie Eagle was like 'Joe Camel with feathers,' pointing out that: 'The primary goal of the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle program is not to safeguard children, but to protect the interests of the NRA and the firearms industry by making guns more acceptable to children and youth... The hoped-for result is new customers for the industry and new members for the NRA.'"

    The mother of a Virginia woman who survived the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre told Fox News in April that the move was a "freebie" to a "special interest group."

    "I personally don't think firearm safety has a place in the schools," Lori Haas, who is also a spokeswoman for Virginia's Center for Public Safety, told the network. "That's up to the parents to teach that at home."

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  13. My intent is to educate the other folks who read my blog who agree with me. Perhaps at some point in the future, our legislators will see that they made some mistakes with the laws and also in loosening the laws already on the books.

    That's the idea! It makes zero sense in trying to persuade someone who is unpersuadable.

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  14. Japete, you may not want to ban open carry, but your organization certainly does (even unloaded open carry). They are officially supporting CA AB 144. Below is the link. Is this a point on which you disagree with the Brady Campaign and side with gun rights?

    http://www.bradycampaign.org/xshare/bcam/chapters/california/4-11_Dallas_Stout_OpEd_CA_Progress_Report.pdf

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  15. I don't like open carry and the position is clear from the link.

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