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      The "Guns Don't Kill People" Lie

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      A Dad's Reply to the "Guns Don't Kill People" Lie


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      Playwright and Author, 'Homo Domesticus: Notes from a Same-Sex Marriage'

      October 2, 2015


      When you look at your children, are you okay with the knowledge that they are growing up in an American with more than daily mass shootings?

      Or that they are now more likely to die from gun violence than in a car crash -- and far more likely to die by gunfire than their peers in any other developed nation?

      If that seems fine by you, you don't need to keep reading. (You might, however, want to do some self-evaluation.) It's not ok with me.

      This is not a partisan issue and the subject is not guns alone. But I truly believe you contribute to the senseless slaughter and nationwide passivity every time you validate inaction by citing the old dodge: "Guns don't kill people; people kill people." For while I agree that this it is unquestionably true that no gun fires itself, that's a half-truth. If you possess a modicum of intellectual honesty and any scrap of moral fiber, you must finish the thought:


      What do we DO about all these people who are killing with guns?


      It's even worse to claim that since terrible things happen everywhere and people die of lots of other causes that nothing can be done here about this problem. That's like saying that since a tsunami can't be stopped by sandbags designed for a flood, we might as well not bother with sandbags at all, and just let the floods consume us. It's a hollow argument that shoots beyond lazy to misanthropic.

      No matter your political affiliation or gun-ownership status, if your belief system values human lives, you can have an active role in helping turn the tide. This morning, after I packed my daughter's school lunch, I wrote letters to congressional representatives about universalizing and enforcing background checks for gun ownership, as well as for increasing funding for mental health treatment; I added my name to the volunteer list for a nonpartisan violence prevention group; and I donated to organizations that use a public health model to combat gun violence. Before I even ate breakfast, I was able to take actions that reflected my values.


      What can YOU do to respond to this situation in a way that reflects YOUR beliefs? :

      Whatever you believe, act now, because gun violence already lives where you do. Looking away won't protect you from its reach.

      A few years ago, I was witness to a shooting. (As horrifying as it was, it was third in a series of killings, so it fell short of the "mass" shooting definition. What a bar our culture has set!) When I came home that night, I had to shower away the blood before I could hold my baby. Every day since, I've lived with a clear awareness of how easy it is for an individual to use gun violence as an outlet. It doesn't have to be easy; we can make it harder.

      If you've been entrusted with raising children in a society that is measurably not as safe as it should be, why wouldn't you want to seek ways to make it a better place? I'm not telling my child, the most precious gem of my universe, that there is nothing to be done and that I won't even try.

      You shouldn't either.


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          Ray Cunneff
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          My response is to make darn sure that my Concealed Carry License is current and up to date, so that I can continue to conceal carry in public in order to protect myself and my family from the nuts. I cannot control the government or the policies...I can vote to my heart's content, but once they get into office, they vote the way they want or the way the influence peddlers want, so the best thing I can do is protect my little corner of the world.

          I will take responsibility for my own protection and the protection of my family...that is job 1 for me.

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              Ray Cunneff
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              "What do we DO about all these people who are killing with guns?"


              get rid of gun free zones have armed security and armed teachers. Nothing stops a school shooter faster than return fire. The FBI agrees http://www.naturalnews.com/047378_murder_sprees_armed_citizens_FBI_report.html#


              It is an ugly truth that we live in times where this can happen. We can not rely on police to be every where. We as adults must have the intestinal fortitude to take on the responsibility of protecting our children with the best tools for the job. Concealed carry holders have stopped shootings quickly many times with out incurring innocent casualties and certainly preventing it from being a whole lot worse. More gun control has not worked and will not in this country period.


              So the rational thinking responsible adults must rise to the occasion and defend if need be our children from such killers.

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                  3 years ago

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                  "Go whine somewhere else and spare us your leftist drivel."

                  "You are a liar or fool."

                  This is how you win friends and influence people? It's certainly not how we're supposed to conduct ourselves on Yabberz.

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                      It's not his rude language, it's the ideas behind it. This macho bravado, "you'll take my gun from my cold, dead hands" crap is nearly as dangerous to society as the mass shooters. It's all swagger without responsibility.


                      btw - I wasn't in Patton's army, I was in Westmoreland's.


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                          Relax, probie. You didn't get red-flagged. You got yellow-flagged for rude and disrespectful language.

                          And your argument is flawed to begin with. You came up with the CDC chart, not me. If it's incomplete, it's on you.

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                              Are you replying to me or to the author of this piece, David Valdes Greenwood? I've had my own personal experiences with violence but have not discussed them here.

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                                  Ray Cunneff
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                                  Put the MBO' agenda in kids head they turn the muzzle at Christians,

                                  always easy targets - Schools Churches Recruiters.

                                  Ray - Fix that Bs - will ya


                                  Oh by the way - That's a Marine Quote -

                                  "you'll take my gun from my cold, dead hands" crap


                                  You can't be F_kg Serious

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