- In my home state, again, a student was found with a gun at a Rochester, Minnesota high school.
- A student in Tampa, Florida was arrested after a plan to blow up his school was discovered. The boy already had a criminal record of carrying a concealed gun and removing the serial number on a gun. Nice. This boy is only 17. He said he wanted the devastation to be worse than the Columbine shootings. As I have said in both of my previous posts about stupid and dangerous, a school shooting is bound to happen soon. This is the second potential shooting and third attack on a school that has been stopped before it happened. Where are these kids getting their ideas and their guns?
- And, oops. Did Senator Coburn (OK Republican) really mean to say this? " Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) ripped his colleagues during a tour of northeast Oklahoma, calling them “career elitists,” “cowards” and said, “It’s just a good thing I can’t pack a gun on the Senate floor.”" The article, of course, mentions that it is less than a month after Representative Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House floor to vote on the Debt Ceiling. What is Senator Coburn thinking? This is irresponsible and dangerous rhetoric and he should know better. Last week it was Senator Grassley of Iowa. They need to stop this kind of talk. This one was just plain stupid as well.
- Here Senator Coburn tries to walk his comments back. Some gaffes are honest remarks that are usually thought but not articulated publicly. I believe such was the case here. It is not funny and Senator Coburn should just apologize without trying to excuse his remarks in this way: " "Oh, I don't know," Coburn said. "I don't care. The problems are so big. What I was trying to do was be funny. They know that."" Yes, the problems are big. Who was he criticizing here, by the way?
- This man was doing what some of my readers think is a great idea- carrying a loaded gun on school grounds. As a West Virginia gun permit holder, he should know the rules about guns on school grounds but he must have "forgotten". Or what was he really up to?
- Those darn guns just get up off of the table and shoot people. Too bad this one injured the owner's girlfriend and another person. This guy should have been more careful. Guns are dangerous.
- This has got to be one of the silliest solicitation phone calls I've heard of in a long time. The NRA is so desperate that they hire people who have absolutely no idea what they are talking about to stoke the fears of the people on the other end of the line. But the man who answered the call went along with the caller and got her so mixed up that the caller started making things up as she went along. Maybe next time they'll brief their callers better in case the person on the other end of the line knows more than the caller about the NRA's agenda.
- Don't like fans of an opposing team? Get out your gun and shoot them. That's what some in San Francisco thought would take care of things. It sounds like there could also have been alcohol involved. Are guns allowed inside of sports stadiums? Not in most places. All in all, no one won this encounter.
- Here's this week's first story about a stupid permit holder and his gun. Why do guns keep falling out of permit holder's pants? And why do people want their guns along wherever they go? This guy freaked out city officials when his gun fell out of his pants while he was testifying. Luckily for him, it didn't go off. " “It was just an unfortunate encounter with gravity,” Magee said on Monday". Right. That's an understatement.
- The recently passed permit to carry law in Wisconsin is prompting city councils and city officials to consider whether or not they want armed citizens in their buildings. This article is a summary about what some of the local officials are saying and doing. From the article: " Port Washington Mayor Scott Huebner said he will ask for weapons to be prohibited in municipal buildings in his Ozaukee County community for the same reasons."My thought is that in this politically charged atmosphere it is the correct thing to do. . . . With people just having such short fuses, currently - at least the way I look at it, it seems the fuses are a lot shorter than they used to be - I think it would be a good idea to ban weapons in public buildings," he said." Mayor Huebner is right. I write in my blog about how often law abiding permit holders become dangerous with their loaded guns in public, either accidentally or purposely. See #10, above, for a great example of why loaded guns at public government meetings are not a good idea. Guns are dangerous.
- There's at least one of these stupid and dangerous shootings every week. This one has been so far deemed an accidental shooting as a man and wife were trying out a gun at a gun shop. And then, should we be surprised?- the woman was shot in the stomach when something went wrong with either the gun or the gun holder. So now we have another gun death and another person who has to live with shooting his wife. Let's hope this was an accidental shooting. Guns are dangerous.
- Brady Campaign Interim President Dennis Henigan wrote this great column about Texas Governor Rick Perry packing heat on the campaign trail. So Perry must think that he could pull a gun on a heckler or if someone threatens him and hit the mark. He has bragged about carrying that gun everywhere he goes, even while out jogging. We just don't need this kind of talk coming from our politicians. It is happening more frequently of late. " If Rick Perry is our next president and he has a like-minded Congress, guns on the Senate floor may not be a laughing matter. They may well be the way things are in an American nightmare where, in political discourse, the guns speak louder than the rhetoric." Gun talk can be dangerous. Where is common sense?
- You've got to hand it to the NRA. The talking points in this NRA-ILA short video are exactly the same ones used by many of my readers here last week. At least their fear-mongering statements about an armed society being a safe society are consistent. I certainly think that the riots in London would have turned out differently had all those folks had their guns blazing, don't you?
- This is an effort to get young kids in New Jersey to trade toys of violence, such as squirt guns, etc. for other non-violent toys. But only blocks away, a real shooting took place- just another gun owner accidentally shooting himself. Guns are dangerous and common sense tells us that we should be doing something about gun violence on our streets. From the article: " "We all want this shooting to stop in this world, and it's just sad, because everybody's dying this summer," Bunn said, referring to the most violent summer the city has seen in a decade. "Some of my friends, their family members keep on getting shot, and the more they tell me the more I get sad about it."" Yes, sad it is.
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.