So yesterday, while traveling to the Twin Cities to go to my grandson's pre-school holiday program, I spent most of the time ( as a passenger) answering questions and comments from my last two posts which, for some reason, has uncorked the gun guys in spades. I learned as we were driving of the shooting at Virginia Tech and then later, of the death of the police officer and the shooter. It appears to be random and a murder suicide but I know we learn much more. These gun deaths were also called to my attention:
- A Virginia State trooper was injured and the suspect now dead after a shoot-out
- North Carolina Sheriff dead after trying to arrest an Iraq War veteran who then shot himself- "Martin Poynter didn’t have a criminal record, but he was recently taken into custody for a mental evaluation after being involved in a domestic dispute following his return from military service in Iraq a few years ago, Carter said." I have blogged about the terrible problem of veterans, mental illness and guns several times before. Senseless.
- This Dec. 5th shooting in New Jersey of 4 people, including a toddler, happened after the shooter went to a Pennsylvania gun range last month to practice up on his shooting skills
By the way, I own about 20 pairs of assault shoes. Shoes kill people every day. Haven't you heard? A new group is forming- CASV- Citizens Against Shoe Violence. We will be having a rally soon in DC. We will ask for background checks for all shoe buyers. In addition they should have a license to wear and register their shoes. We have a right to wear shoes- it's one of those inalienable rights- God given. When we are ready with our confiscation plan we will be coming to the homes of suspect shoe owners with our jack boots. If I were you I would get a good shoe safe. Also you might want to stock pile the most powerful shoes you can get in case of a jack boot attack. For sure, President Obama is on board with this one. If people start stock piling their shoes, it will increase shoe sales and help the economy.
If you want to be amused, check out the many comments on my last two posts. It's entertaining, to say the least. I have some questions for the gun rights extremists who insist on engaging in this stuff. Why are you all so crabby about my blog posts? Why are you so provocative? Why are you so insistent? Why do you ask me "gotcha" questions? Why can't you just read my posts and understand my positions without having to badger me with your repetitive comments and questions? I know many of you do not agree. I get that. I am not writing this blog just for you. Hundreds if not thousands of people are reading this blog daily. So to continue, why do you think I am all about taking away your rights? Some of you are new to my blog. I am not going to keep answering the same questions. Since you all seem to have so much time on your hands, read my previous posts. You will see my facts and my opinions on a variety of gun topics.
Also check out my resources for the good research they provide even though some of you think they are flawed and inaccurate. For instance, if you check out the report on the Violence Policy Center about conceal and carry killers, you will see some numbers. One of my readers insisted that the VPC counted incidents twice. Perhaps he failed to understand that there is a total number of gun deaths due to permit holders (385). Then there is a break-out of different categories ( mass shootings by CCW permit holders=20) and (number of murder/suicides committed by CCW permit holders=29). Those are not counted twice. The numbers on the right are included in the total number, not in addition to it. Also, the VPC is engaged in research, which some of you tried to deny. Others of you don't believe, for example in the polling done by Republican pollster Frank Luntz for Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Here, in his own words, is Frank Luntz:
For my readers who actually believe in common sense and factual information, I suggest you check out these sources for great studies and research about the gun issue.
Violence Policy Center
Legal Community Against Violence
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
CDC WISQRS report ( Center for Disease Control)
Meet the NRA
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
Harvard Injury Control Research Center
Univ. of California Davis Violence Prevention Research Program
Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
Kennedy School Program in Criminal Justice and Policy Management
There are many others too numerous to mention here. The gun rights extremists don't like these resources and try to claim that they are flawed or faulty in some way. They are not. Check for yourself.
And then, let's get things into context. What is more important here- human lives or misperceptions about gun policy and attacks on the intentions of people who work on preventing gun injuries and deaths? I would come down on the side of listening to the people who know what it's like to lose a loved one to a bullet. Watch this video of Omar Samaha, a friend, and someone else who has lost a sister to gun injuries. He speaks about what it was like for him yesterday when he heard about the shooting at Virginia Tech. I had an e-mail exchange also with Colin Goddard, who survived the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. He was shaken by it. It brought him back to "day 1" as he put it. When he heard about the shooting he was talking to a high school class about his experience on April 16th where he took 4 bullets to his young body.
So please, everyone, lighten up. This is a blog. My opinions are different from some of yours. That is obvious. But peppering me with comments and insisting that I answer your questions is just plain annoying and almost harassment. There is one of me writing. There are many of you commenting. Because I don't agree or don't publish a remark that seems off topic, provocative, rude, or whatever, I am accused of all sorts of devious intentions. Back off everyone. Life is more than gun rights. Life is more than believing that there is someone out to get you at every turn. Life is about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Too many people are losing their lives to bullets causing a whole lot of unhappiness. Compared to the minor inconveniences of having to reload ammunition magazines too many times at the gun range- thus the need for high capacity magazines as was suggested by a commenter- burying a loved one lost to gun violence is actually inconvenient. Those folks have lost their liberties for sure. That is why I write.