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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.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Guns in the shower?

You just never know when that zombie or rapist or criminal is going to break into your home. That is why you must be at the ready every single minute of the time you are in your home- while cooking a meal, while playing with your kids, while vacuuming or nailing a board in your wood shop, while watching T.V., while doing computer work or, washing clothes, cooking, reading, and all of the things that adults do while at home. (most home invasions happen when owners are not at home) Anyway, are there places where one can be at home without a gun at the ready? Sure. For example, why be without your gun while in the shower? But where to hide a gun while naked? Simple. Here is the solution as written about on thetruthaboutguns.com gun blog. Yes, you saw that right. There are gun safes to store in a shower. Great idea. So your 17 year old is taking a shower and the gun is right there. Does he/she know how to get at that gun? So your 8 year old is taking a bath and there's the gun storage box. Great idea given how many gun accidents are happening in homes all over America. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when reading this piece- no pun intended. Check it out ( from the linked blog post):
With all of that in mind, a question that keeps coming up is where to keep a defensive handgun while in the secure confines of one’s home. When I ask my students and friends where they keep their EDC handgun when they’re at home I get all kinds of replies. These include, but aren’t limited to: on top of the refrigerator, on the counter, next to the bed, in a dresser drawer, locked in the safe, between the cushions of the couch, in the car in the garage or outside in the driveway, etc. (I always shake my head at the last one). And finally, occasionally, I also get the correct answer…on me!
It is my solid belief that a handgun should be on one’s person from the moment they rise until the moment until they lay their head down and enter dreamland. And when I mention that home carry also includes taking a gun in the shower I often get looked at like I have horns, a pitchfork, a tail, and I smell like sulfur. But more on that a little later.
One never knows what type of break-in will occur or where the point of entry will be. For example, if your handgun is in a nightstand drawer and you’re downstairs at your computer station and there is unauthorized access by an intruder(s) in a different part of the house, you won’t have instant access to that firearm. And you won’t have enough time to go get it. If you do make an attempt to get to your gun and you have to go through an armed intruder, you now have a possible hostage situation (or worse). Another issue is that if an intruder is not armed and finds your handgun (or any unsecured gun for that matter) you will be at the same disadvantage and you will most likely find yourself at the business end of your own weapon.
And then the writer gives advice to those skeptical gun owners who really don't want to wear a gun around the house. The writer thinks it's just fine to have a gun on while wrestling with the kids! Seriously. And then there's the problem of wearing shorts and where to wear a gun. He doesn't give an answer to that one- just that you should figure it out. I mean really folks. You MUST have that gun at all moments even if it's uncomfortable or there is really no place to carry it. I can't even begin to unpack the "logic" of this advice to home gun owners. It is stupid and dangerous.

More about guns in the shower ( from the article):
My view: Aside from sleeping, showering is the most vulnerable time for home dwellers. When you’re in the shower the sound of the water will drown out almost any noise (including your barking dog). Your eyesight will not be the same as it normally is and your time in the rain locker can be timed by a surreptitious home invader.
It’s no secret that rapists have been known to stalk their female targets by observing the light in the window of their bathrooms at night. Rapists will note the length of time and how long the water stays running, giving them a perfect opportunity to enter the dwelling and lie in wait for the unsuspecting woman to exit the bathroom. Like rapists, burglars have also caught on to this technique, too. Bringing your gun into the shower isn’t crazy by any means. It just makes sense.
Right. I can't stop thinking of this scene from the movie, Psycho when thinking about the dangers of taking a shower:

Don't you know that the woman character would have been able to get that gun out of the safe in time to save herself? For sure. It's a dark and scary world according to many gun rights extremists.

And then the writer of this article ends with a unique prayer ( from the linked article):
Call me crazy, but as a wise man once said,
“Lord, make my hand fast and accurate.
Let my aim be true and my hand faster
than those who would seek to destroy me.
Grant me victory over my foes and those who wish to do harm to me and mine.
Let not my last thought be ‘If I only had my gun.’”
And Lord, if today is truly the day you call me home
Let me die in a pile of empty brass.”

(Yes, even in the shower!)
God help us. Let's talk the truth of the matter. One ( or someone in the home) is more likely to be shot with one's own gun in the home than to use it in self defense. But never mind the facts. Apparently the people who believe what this writer wrote don't believe that a loaded gun in the home or in public can harm themselves or a loved one, until it does. For example- did this Arizona man think he would shoot himself in the foot while driving his car? I doubt it. From the article:
A Flagstaff man had to be extracted from his vehicle this week when he crashed after accidentally shooting himself in the foot while driving.
According to reports from the Flagstaff Police Department, the man picked up his .45-caliber Heckler & Koch pistol around 10 a.m. Tuesday from a gun store on South Milton Road, where he was “getting some barrel work done.” At some point on his way home, he noticed the gun was cocked.
Instead of pulling over, the man decided to try to uncock the firearm while he was still driving.
Then, the gun went off.
The man instantly knew he had shot himself in the foot. Already in pain and bleeding profusely, he once again decided not to pull over. Instead, he put the gun in the glove compartment and tried to drive himself to Flagstaff Medical Center.
The man was cruising through the 700 block of North Switzer Canyon when he blacked out from blood loss. He lost control of his car and careened off the road, smashing into a tree in front of the Olivia White Hospice Home.
Yup. You read that right. What the heck? Don't people who own guns understand the risk that comes with having them around loaded in cars, homes and other places? This is the actual world in which we live. I write often about people shooting themselves or someone they know or love with their own gun. Why aren't we talking more about that instead of where to store a gun in the shower or how to wear a gun in your shorts? There is a truth about guns. That truth is that bullets from guns are killing Americans at an alarming rate every day. Why isn't that truth conveyed to the gun rights advocates? The corporate gun lobby really doesn't want them to know about that truth because guns must be sold. The fearful world pushed by them and their believers sells guns. That is the truth about guns that must be told.

The ideas espoused in the article portray a dark world where everything appears to be threatening. I don't live in that world so it's hard for me to wrap my head around these ideas. These 2 world views can't agree even to common sense measures to stop some of the shootings in the real world. And speaking of not agreeing, check out (below) what the gun rights extremists in Minnesota are saying about a proposed bill to keep guns away from domestic abusers.           .

What we know about violence against women ( and it is mostly women) is that they are less safe in their homes when there are guns and more likely to be shot or threatened. We also know that in states that have passed background check bills on all gun sales, 38% fewer women are 38% are shot in a domestic dispute. But here is what the Minnesota Gun Rights organization is saying about the proposed bill:
Looking to capitalize on their anti-gun majorities, Senators Ron Latz, Deputy Majority Leader Jeff Hayden and David Tomassoni are trying to cram two anti-gun bills through public hearings on Thursday!
There’s not a moment to waste, and I need your help stopping these bills dead in their tracks.
Senate File 2639, introduced by gun-grabbing Senators Ron Latz (DFL-St Louis Park, Metro) and Jeff Hayden(DFL-Minneapolis, Metro), is a bill “prohibiting persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing weapons.”
Sounds good, right? After all, nobody likes a scumbag wife-beater, right?
But that sentiment is just the reaction they’re counting on folks like you to have so that they can disguise the bill’s REAL agenda...
...obliterating your Rights to Due Process and to Keep and Bear Arms.
Just think, have you ever had an argument with a family member, a roommate or even an ex-spouse?
We all likely know someone whose former “significant other” has used this system to “gin up” support for their custody or divorce case by filing a protective order.
Under this bill, all that person would have to do is simply say they’re afraid you might be “dangerous” and you lose your guns.
No due process. No trial or conviction. Heck, they can even take away your guns ex parte, meaning you might not even be notified or have a chance to defend yourself in court!
Yup. This is about confiscating everyone's guns all right. And those poor women who file restraining orders? They are just making things up, right? WRONG. I know about this from personal experience. My sister wasn't making it up. And now she's dead from bullets shot by a gun held by her estranged husband when he didn't like what was happening with the divorce proceeding. She filed a restraining order. He had guns and bullets. She's dead. But hey, it was just about getting more money and not really about the fact that he had been acting strangely and increasingly pugnacious- plus she was concerned about his guns.

This is about keeping women safe and that's all. There is no hidden agenda. Nobody does like a "scum bag wife beater actually". The thing is, husbands or partners do more than just "beat" their wives, partners or girlfriends. Sometimes they threaten and intimidate them with a gun and sometimes they shoot them.

And, what's more ( from the article):
Don’t be fooled, SF2639 is just another violation of due process and the first step towards forcing citizens with so much as a speeding ticket to hand over their guns.
The other nasty gun-control bill (SF2690) is being sponsored by Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisolm, Range area), and the bill is pure Draconian radicalism!
You see, right now it’s legal for a permit holder to carry a firearm in the State Capitol complex as long as you notify the Commissioner of Public Safety before-hand.
But after “serving” in the legislature since 1992, Tomassoni has decided he wants to force law-abiding citizens to re-notify the Commissioner of their intent to carry at the capitol complex every time they renew their carry permit!
If you don’t, they’ll throw virtually everything in the book at you!
Now you'll surely have your gun taken from you if you get a speeding ticket. I'm sure it's true. Get ready to hand over your guns or go down fighting when the government comes for them. And notifying the Commissioner of Public Safety of your intent to carry your gun in the state Capitol every time you renew your permit? Really? Sounds reasonable to me. But for these folks, apparently it would be a terrible inconvenience. What about those guys who have become "scum bag wife beaters" since the last time they renewed their permit? Or maybe they have become a felon or adjudicated mentally ill? Never mind. They should be allowed to carry in the chambers where legislators they hate are proposing bills they hate. Good idea, right?

Gun grabbers? What the heck? Can't they find anything more original to say? This is a stock phrase used against anything- even a reasonable bill to make sure women are safe in their homes. There is a denial of the facts and while they are going crazy about anything that comes along that even mentions the word guns, people are dying.

Reasonable gun measures= anti-gun or gun grabbing to the folks who live in that dark and scary world where a gun is needed in the shower.

Raise your hand if you really think someone needs a "shower safe" for their gun while getting naked and clean. Raise your hand if you think someone should leave their loaded gun holstered while wrestling with their children. Raise your hand if you think women fabricate restraining orders to get more child support or maintenance from the men from whom they are separating. Raise your hand if you think if you believe some guys are "scum bag wife beaters." Raise your hand if you really believe your gun will be taken from you if you get a speeding ticket.

It's time for this to change. Too many people are dying every day. And they are dying, I guess, in "a pile of empty brass", but not usually while defending themselves from harm.  Check out the latest Gun Report by Joe Nocera of the New York Times. Reality is this ( from the article):

According to the Gun Violence Archive3,525 people have been injured by gun violence in America and 2,172 have been killed since Jan. 1, 2014."

We can do better than this. Let's get to work.


  1. Good morning Japete,
    I stayed up last night and watched the committee meeting on SF2639 on the state legislature website. During the meeting, Senator Latz addressed the biggest concerns that I voiced here and by others during testimony. He assured the committee that he would be amending the language of the bill to allow firearms to be kept by a friend or family member during the time the order is in force.
    The committee counsel also stated that the proposed bill wouldn't apply to Ex Parte orders and therefor would give the opportunity for due process. It was voted forward to a floor vote with these assurances.

    1. That's good. Your concerns were addressed and the bill passed out of committee. This is all about keeping women safe from being shot during domestic disputes. I'm sure you agree that's a good idea.

    2. I must admit, I'm still not tracking on the need for the bill since its already illegal for someone under an OFP to possess firearms. Can you enlighten me on that?

    3. SF 2639 is designed to keep domestic abusers from buying or possessing guns once a protective order has been filed against them. The bill would also close loopholes to further increase safety and keep guns out of the hands of those with a record of abuse.

      Federal law prohibits domestic abusers subject to protective orders from buying or possessing guns. But Minnesota state law does not—which makes it tough for local law enforcement to ensure that dangerous abusers don’t have guns.