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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.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Congress changes with the NRA winds

Things are changing. I can feel it in the air as sure as I feel the cold coming to Duluth. The fall leaves are mostly gone now. Night time temperatures are near freezing. A colder and snowier than usual winter has been predicted. Change is in the air. Congress is seriously thinking of jettisoning state gun laws in favor of a national law to allow anyone with a permit from any state to carry loaded guns around wherever they go. Stupid and dangerous but true. This would be an unwelcome change. Sometimes you just wish that Congress would go into permanent recess until they get a heart and a brain so we won't all be in more trouble when they are done with their sausage-making. But we are stuck with the current Congress where ideology trumps common sense and public safety. We are stuck with a Congress that just doesn't care about 98% of us who don't carry loaded guns around in public. This video from MSNBC's Al Sharpton program about the shooting of the New York woman outside of a school a few days ago gets to the point about our dysfunctional Congress:

The video speaks for itself. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, who lost a husband to a senseless Long Island subway shooting which left her son seriously injured, is a strong advocate for sensible gun violence prevention measures. She has a new website to stop H.R. 822. Check it out.

While Congress is stupidly considering H.R. 822, the victims and survivors of the Columbine shooting remember the day that changed their lives. A new and poignant video will be out soon about the massacre that took the lives of 13 and injured 21. Here's the trailer for the film:

So while Congress is considering ways to please the 2-3% of Americans who are inconvenienced when they can't carry their loaded guns around with them all over the country, please do think about the carnage happening every day on our streets. Think of the victims. Think of the survivors. Think of common sense. Think of the contrast between victims of shootings and a Congress willing to make it possible for more shootings to happen in our country. Then ask your Congress members not to vote for H.R. 822. Sign the petition to ask your Governor to stop H.R. 822. ( Note to readers- please refrain from comments insulting Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, Rev. Al Sharpton or victims of the Columbine shooting. Thank you.) Oh, and insults to myself will also not be published.


  1. Here's a great editorial from Rev. Sharpton- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-al-sharpton/gun-violence_b_1034944.html?ir=New%20York

  2. Interesting in light of the poll released by Gallup this week.


    "A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people."


    "For the first time, Gallup finds greater opposition to than support for a ban on semiautomatic guns or assault rifles, 53% to 43%."

    and this

    "Additionally, support for the broader concept of making gun laws "more strict" is at its lowest by one percentage point (43%). Forty-four percent prefer that gun laws be kept as they are now, while 11% favor less strict laws."

  3. Yup= only 11% favor less strict gun laws. People understand that there will not be gun bans. That is what the Supreme Court decided. This is no surprise. But people still favor sensible restrictions such as background checks.

  4. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/27/democrats-cling-to-their-guns/

  5. Check this one out- http://mediamatters.org/blog/201110280006