Watch and listen as Burress says that a gun gave him a false sense of security. Those are words that more people need to be saying to our youth. This is his story from the linked article above:
Burress and Pierce were at the Latin Quarter nightclub in Manhattan in late November 2008 when a gun that was tucked into Burress' waistband slipped down his leg and fired, shooting him in the right thigh.The bullet narrowly missed a nightclub security guard who was standing inches away, prosecutors said. It lodged in the floor and was recovered by a bartender.The gun was not licensed in New York or in New Jersey, where Burress lived. His license to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Florida had expired in May 2008.
For Burress, carrying that loaded gun illegally affected his personal and professional life and his sentence to prison gave him a long time to think about his life. His story is an important lesson to kids and teens, some of whom think carrying a gun is their security. One can almost see why they think this given that there are so many guns carried around by teens in some of our cities' neighborhoods. The result is kids shooting each other and sometimes shooting innocent by-standers or innocent kids not involved in the gun fights. Senseless. As long as 8 children and teens die every day from gun injuries, this country has a problem.
Speaking of children and teens being shot, check out this article in the Washington Post about all of the teens shot on Halloween night. I guess my Halloween cautions about staying safe was good advise since so many were obviously not. These shootings happened seemingly randomly and all over the city. The worst of it is this:
Right- Washington D.C. has pretty strict gun laws even after a challenge to their laws after the Heller decision. Many of the guns are coming from states surrounding D.C. with laxer gun laws. That is why we need some federal gun laws to ensure that everyone who buys a gun can pass a background check so people who shouldn't have guns won't get them easily. Guns are easy to buy on the streets. They don't fall out of the sky. Legal guns get sold to illegal people in great numbers in our communities. We can do something about this if we have the will and if the NRA stops blocking common sense gun legislation.“This was a night where everybody comes out to have fun and enjoy themselves, and for this thing to happen,” Ramirez said. “I want to know why someone would do this.”Violent crime was up last month in the District compared with October 2010. At a news conference Tuesday, Lanier and that Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) had tried to explain how a night of revelry could turn so violent in so many sections of the city.“Last night, with all these shootings that occurred, [is] a symptom of the bigger problem,” Lanier said, which is an “uptick” in the number of guns flowing into the city.In most of the shootings Monday night, the violence appeared random, Lanier said. The victims were just out walking, “friends visiting friends,” when the violence erupted, she said.
And speaking of Halloween shootings, check out this article about the bloody Halloween in New Orleans. Wow. I guess it was tricky to navigate the streets of New Orleans Monday night without being caught in the cross fire. Senseless.
And this incident in South Carolina highlights the dangers of children with guns. How can it be explained that a ten year old is walking around on Halloween night with a gun that he pulls on an unsuspecting home owner? This is just beyond explanation. And the sibling also had a gun. Where are the parents? Are they gun owners themselves? Most likely. If you yourself are a gun lover and pass that along to your children, what do you think will happen? If you have guns lying around your house, what do you think will happen? With rights come responsibilities. Some people are not responsible. When we have a culture of love of guns in our country, what do we expect? that is why Plaxico Burress is delivering the right message. That is why I am doing what I do.
Burress is right in wanting to take his message to the youth of our country.Though Burress's shooting incident was an accidental discharge, he was lucky to have only shot himself in the leg. Other lives could easily have been at risk. I can't even begin to count the number of times I have written on this blog about accidental gun discharges, most often when guns have fallen out of pants and hit the floor. There are the ones that have fallen from purses or backpacks as well. Most often people shoot themselves but occasionally the bullet hits a totally innocent person nearby as it did when a man's loaded gun discharged in a Texas restaurant, seriously injuring a woman sitting innocently eating her dinner. Senseless. If this false sense of security makes the people who carry those guns everywhere they go feel better- great. But they sure don't add to public security. Kids and teens are not safer carrying guns around or finding them lying around.
And speaking of guns and sports and sports figures, let's talk a little about people carrying loaded guns in sports venues. Why is it necessary? Are there a lot of criminals hanging out at football, basketball and hockey games? I know that some of the behavior of the players can be rather ghoulish and violent. But fans don't need their guns. For a few hours, people can forget their fear and paranoia and enjoy some fun without thinking about a boogie man in section 324. I love this article about where people can carry in Wisconsin now that the new permit to carry law is in effect. Sports venues may now become places for people to carry their guns. Senseless.
Oh, one more sport. Golf. Let's allow golfers to conceal a gun in every one of those pockets in the average golf bag. That way when a band of teenage caddies comes roaring out of the woods angrily swinging seven-irons, you've got enough firepower to blast every one of those bastards.As a golfer I do appreciate the humor of this. And what are we teaching our kids? Do young caddies need to see golfers with guns? Do football players need to carry guns in the locker rooms? Do kids need to see their parents and other adults carrying guns at soccer games? Does anyone remember this soccer mom who open carried at her daughter's soccer game? Tragically, she was shot to death by her estranged husband who then shot himself. Her gun was in her backpack hanging on a door in her kitchen. Guns for self defense don't work out quite the way the gun rights extremists imagine. But I digress. What point does it prove to carry a gun around at a sporting event? People just don't like to see others carrying loaded guns around in public places. Plaxico Burress now understands how badly that can work out. His message is important to young people who look up to sports figures. Role models like Burress can better deliver the message that guns don't make you safer than a soccer mom who flaunts her loaded gun at a youth soccer game.