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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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Guns and mass shootings- as American as apple pie and country music

My new post at my other blogging platform asserts that we have become complacent about gun deaths and injuries because people feel helpless to do anything about the continued carnage. After Columbine, Americans by and large believed that we could do something about school shootings. Not only did we not do something, we did nothing. We came under the fierce opposition of the corporate gun lobby who resisted any common sense measures to stop school shootings and the thousands of other shootings in our country.

In this post, I wrote about what Americans have come to think is acceptable in our communities. Or, at the least, what the gun lobby and its' bought and paid for elected officials think is acceptable in the name of profits. It's a sick message that gets delivered in sound bites and veiled talk of confiscation and taking away rights. So we are stuck in a place of unacceptable levels of domestic shootings, gun suicides, toddlers shooting themselves and others, cops shooting unarmed black young men, cops being ambushed by gun extremists, babies shooting their parents, parents shooting their kids, black youth shooting each other, and "law abiding" gun owners shooting themselves in their private parts or shooting innocent motorists in road rage incidents. And then they have the nerve to flaunt their assault rifles in family shopping places and restaurants as if it's all just a normal part of American life- like apple pie and country music.

And when a country music performer in the name of Tim McGraw decides to do a benefit concert to raise money for Sandy Hook Promise- an organization working to protect children from heinous shootings like the one that occurred in their own community, the gun nuts go berserk and attack him mercilessly. He is standing strong however.

This is I wrote about on my other post site. Check it, and more, out.

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