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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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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's just another "normal" day in America

" “(It was) just a normal day,” he said at an afternoon news conference." This was the quote from a Virginia Sheriff who was speaking to the press after a Walmart employee shot himself in the parking lot of the store. Before he shot himself, though, he shot his manager in the leg inside the store for no apparent reason. Really? What gets into otherwise "normal" people when they have a gun in their hands? From the article:
DINWIDDIE, Va. — An employee of a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. distribution center in Virginia shot and wounded his manager Wednesday, then killed himself as deputies approached him, authorities said.
Dinwiddie County Sheriff D.T. Adams said deputies who were summoned to the center along rural U.S. 460 shortly after noon encountered a 32-year-old man standing outside the entrance. When deputies approached, he shot at them with a handgun, then fatally shot himself in the chest.
Witnesses said the man went to lunch at 11 a.m., walked to the back of the center and shot his 40-year-old manager in the shipping department in the leg, Adams said. She sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.
Where is common sense? As it turns out, this is a normal day in America. 32 people a day die from senseless gun homicides in this country. If that's what we want to be a normal day in our country, we will continue to let the gun lobby decide about public safety in our country. If we want to change what is normal in our country, we will stand up and shout about preventing gun injuries and deaths. There are simple things that can make changes- background checks on all gun sales, preventing illegal gun trafficking, cracking down on bad apple gun dealers and on straw purchasing, safe storage of guns, making sure prohibited purchasers have their names turned into the National Instant Check System, and understanding that with rights come responsibilities, among just a few.

And also today, a Washington state 3rd grade girl was shot by a 3rd grade boy in her class who brought a loaded gun to school. What? How does an 8/9 year old boy get his hands on a gun? Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult. What irresponsible adult let this happen? We will find out. Will that person turn out to be a "law abiding" gun owner? When it's normal to have school shootings on a fairly regular basis, there is something wrong. THESE ARE CHILDREN WITH GUNS! Kids should not be shooting kids. What are we doing about this national public safety/health problem? Virtually nothing. Shame on us. If you don't believe we have a problem with kids getting shot and shooting others, I invite you to check out a new blog called Kid Shootings. It should make a normal person sick. It should make a normal person start shouting from the rooftops and demanding that our elected leaders at long last be willing to stand up to the NRA and its' minions and its' extremism.

12 comments:

  1. Add this to the day's mayhem- former Seinfeld actor shoots himself in the head and survives- http://entertainment.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/22/10478868-former-seinfeld-actor-shoots-himself-in-the-head-survives

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  2. I forgot to include yet another mass shooting at a beauty salon- 5 people dead in a domestic shooting. How many more of these will we be seeing? http://norcross.patch.com/articles/report-five-dead-at-norcross-spa

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  3. Please resend your comment Anthony. I accidentally deleted it.

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  4. I must add a few more to the list in the "normal" day in America category- this CCW permit holder was irresponsible- his son brought his gun to school with him http://kidshootings.blogspot.com/2012/02/15-year-old-falmouth-massachusetts-boy.html?spref=fb

    How about selling toy guns from an ice cream truck near an elementary school? http://kidshootings.blogspot.com/2012/02/ice-cream-truck-is-also-selling-toy.html

    How about a 16 yr. old shooting people at the Mardi Gras parade? http://kidshootings.blogspot.com/2012/02/16-year-old-new-orleans-boy-shot-two.html

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  5. HMMM I will try

    There are simple things that can make changes- background checks on all gun sales, preventing illegal gun trafficking, cracking down on bad apple gun dealers and on straw purchasing, safe storage of guns, making sure prohibited purchasers have their names turned into the National Instant Check System, and understanding that with rights come responsibilities, among just a few.

    It seems like other than the stories about children none of these simple things would have stopped any of these shootings. Unless I missed the part where they were prohibited from owning firearms

    I agree with keeping firearms safely stored when not in use. I would recommend a safe but a cable gun lock like the ones Project Child safe give away will at least stop a small child. If you would like to find a location near you to get a free one here is the website

    http://www.projectchildsafe.org/

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  6. "I agree with keeping firearms safely stored when not in use."

    The problem is that the mandates proposed to not distinguish gun owners who have children from those who do not. I don't have children. There's no reason why i shouldn't be able to have a loaded firearm within arms reach. If friends with children visit the house i make sure to move my guns to an inaccessible area. Th

    I believe Heller also touched on mandated storage laws and alluded to the fact that they were unconstitutional. Home defense requires a readily accessible firearm. DC's "inoperable gun" law was obviously unconstitutional. But even if locked in a safe, the time it takes to access it in a self defense situation is an issue, and should be left to the discretion of the gun owner.

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  7. The 32 a day is just the tip of the iceberg. I count the suicides and the seriously wounded, which puts the number closer to 200 a day.

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  8. And lets not forget the idiot who managed to have an accidental discharge of his firearm when he dropped his pants to have a poo in the WalMart bathroom, sending a ricochet flying all over the place.

    I can only imagine that the gun owner was not the only person present to evacuate his bowels at the shot flying around the bathroom.

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  9. While we are not forgetting things I am suprised that you missed this one

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/occupy-wall-street-protester-john-scott-dekuyper-gun-court-date-article-1.1027283#commentpostform

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    1. The guy's an idiot. He's just another supposedly law abiding gun permit holder who thinks he can carry his gun anywhere. Not a good idea.

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    2. Not so law abiding as he was going to a hearing for pulling the badge off an officer during a protest.

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    3. As I said, he was an idiot. He was law abiding at the time he committed the first offense- pulling a badge from an officer. And he had a permit at the time of that crime.

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