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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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Saturday, July 27, 2013

This is America?

I'm just saying.... guns are dangerous. Every day bizarre and tragic incidents occur that take the lives of another human being. Why? Because there are too many guns in circulation in America. Eventually, many of those guns are going to be used. Why? Because we have a corporate gun lobby that exploits the second amendment to stop common sense gun legislation and promotes loosening gun laws. Why? Because there are too many irresponsible gun owners who leave guns around loaded and unsecured so they can be stolen, used by a teen or another household member in a suicide, used in a stupid and dangerous accidental discharge or shooting by a child. Why? Because somehow we, as a country, have decided that we will put up with a certain number of gun deaths and injuries. Why is that? Because we make it too easy for people to get guns and ammunition; Because we haven't done due diligence with public safety campaigns to educate people about the danger of guns; Because we have allowed the corporate gun lobby to prevent research into the causes and effects of gun violence; Because we allow way too many people to carry guns around in public places; Because we pass laws that allow people with guns to murder someone and get away with it.

So many articles come across the Internet that some days it's just plain hard to keep up with it. The gun rights extremists hate these articles because they show a world of guns and gun rights gone wrong. They show that the corporate gun lobby is deceiving lawmakers and the public about the real problem- too many people are dying. So here now, are some of the many articles that show clearly that we have work to do to change the current gun culture and loose gun laws. Without elaboration, I will make a list:
There is so much more and always is. This is America where 30,000 people a year die from bullets. This is America where the corporate gun lobby has a hold on some of our lawmakers. Many of them have realized that they have been supporting the wrong ideas- especially after 12/14. They now must take the action that Americans deserve to stop the senseless shootings that take the lives of first graders, movie-goers, police officers, toddlers, spouses/partners, college students, fellow workers, people gathered at shopping malls, suspicious looking teens........

This is America where somehow we allow people who shouldn't be able to buy guns to get them anyway without a background check. This is America where little children have access to guns and shoot themselves or others in tragic accidents. This is America where we have allowed a cavalier attitude about guns for self protection to trump the risks of guns to their owners and friends and families of the owners. This is America where the passing of common sense laws to prevent gun injuries and deaths becomes a fight over taking away rights and freedoms. This is America where people openly carry their loaded guns in public to prove some kind of ludicrous point. This is America where the right to be free from the gun violence that devastates our communities has taken a back seat to the mythical power but real influence of a corporate gun lobby whose interest in selling guns trumps the best interest of American public health and safety. This is America where the gun rights extremists have managed to associate freedom and patriotism with their "right" to stockpile guns for potential use against their own government.

We are better than this. It's time for a change.

UPDATE:

Just moments after I posted this, I read about yet another mass shooting in America- the 2nd in just a few days. A Florida man shot 6 people in an apartment building before the police shot him in a shoot-out involving hostages and an innocent man walking in his neighborhood as well.

UPDATE #2:

It turns out that the shooter in the Florida hostage situation, Pedro Vargas, was a concealed carry permit holder. He was law abiding until suddenly he wasn't. That is what happens when more and more people are issued permits without strong background checks. From this article from the right wing rag, The Daily Caller, Mayor Bloomberg is criticized for not commenting on the shooting but the article failed to mention that the shooter had a legal permit to carry. Go figure. I guess that doesn't matter to them. Here is a video news story about the shooting with the information about the shooter at the end:

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