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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.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Money, money, money, money....

from: https://www.facebook.com/ParentsAgainstGun
Times are tough. Shootings are happening. Guns are flying off the shelves. Gun makers and gun shop owners are making money right and left. President Obama is going to take away your guns. 20 first graders were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary school on 12/14. President Obama issues orders for more research into the causes and effects of gun violence. The Senate fails to pass a very simple background check bill supported by 90% of Americans. The corporate gun lobby resists all attempts to pass stronger gun laws. In fact, the corporate gun lobby is pushing for weaker gun laws. More shootings. Another mass shooting in California was committed by another angry, mentally ill young man, "ready for war" with thousands of rounds of ammunition and body armor. Just another day in America. What will we do? Nothing? So far, Congress has done nothing. More guns purchased. Bullets are in short supply. Kids continue to kill themselves, their parents, their siblings, and others. And Congress does nothing.

America shrugs. America mourns. Lives are lost. And Congress does nothing. President Obama is trying to act. But Congress does nothing. America wants action. Congress does nothing. We are better than this.

And the corporate gun lobby is mad. They don't want any tax dollars spent on research into guns, gun violence and gun violence prevention. Check this one out if you don't believe me:
In April, anti-gun public health researchers who spent millions conducting junk science gun control advocacy research in the 1990s, until Congress prohibited the use of federal funds for that purpose, assembled in Washington, D.C.  The forum was a panel convened by the Institute of Medicine, on behalf of the CDC, to develop an agenda for gun-related issues the CDC would like to "study" on the taxpayers' dime.
This week, the researchers--including many of the same people who performed the research in the 1990s--made the resulting agenda public. And what an agenda it is, consisting of a whopping 14 "priorities" and more than 50 subordinate topics, including collecting data about gun ownership, acquisition, and use; issues related to prohibiting private firearm sales; issues related to mandatory storage requirements; and the potential for mandating that guns possess "smart gun" technology--though, to its credit, the agenda recognizes that many gun owners would disable "smart" technology in the interest of improving their firearms' reliability. (Also to the panel's credit, the report recognizes that defensive gun uses are common and worthy of further study, as urged by an NRA representative at the meeting.)
How $10 million would cover the vast amount of research proposed remains to be seen. Daniel Webster of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, one of the most prolific anti-gun researchers in the public health field over the last decade, lamented to the New York Times, "given that we are in very lean budget times, the CDC will be faced with difficult decisions about setting priorities."
Shame on President Obama for wanting to find ways to reduce and prevent gun violence. Gun deaths and injuries only cost our country close to $40 billion every year. (Thanks to Parents Against Gun Violence for the graphic above) The costs of burying a loved one can't be measured in dollars alone. And why would we not want to do something about a national problem that is so costly in both lives and money? It just makes no sense- unless of course, protecting guns over people is the bottom line.

Where is common sense?

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