Making a Decision to Support Sensible Gun Laws


After the San Bernardino Shootings we must advocate for stricter gun control measures

Hi there and I hope all of you have had a good Thanksgiving. We certainly did and I planned to write about it today but events seemed to have overtaken that. It just does not seem appropriate to ignore what again is happening, another shooting, 14 killed and no one really knows why. There is speculation of course, there is ISIS, problems the couple might have had, to be honest at this moment the whys do not really bother me. Its the fact yet again someone has taken a gun and shot a innocent group of people. Not acceptable!

Our group met today and the the agenda went out the window as the discussion on guns flew around the table. As a group we are getting to know our fellow members. We have made great strides in trying to cross cultures and understand each other. We have strengths and weaknesses, not all of them evident but in this we agreed we will support the action for more control over guns.

This is a huge decision for us, and one we have to take back to our communities, some of whom are still divided over this issue. Protecting ourselves with guns is not working, access to guns is too easy and the attitude that violence is the answer or solution to a problem is escalating. In a smaller scale we reflect the bigger picture, we have been reflecting about what our contribution into this arena should be and we erred on the side of prevaricating. Something our politicians are very good at. There is a strong group of folk who defend the right to own guns, to keep their liberty. What is liberty in a society that is turning a blind eye to its own spiralling destruction. I shared a commentary on gun violence that I found by Mike Joseph Stern who writes for the Slate. In it he questions what is the price we pay for liberty and that it is time to reevaluate. That people need to take action, make a stance. Full circle back to our group deciding not to decide in an attempt to not commit. That changed to today, for us this was decision time.

So now we have made the decision we want to see more control over guns where do we go next with it? Who do we talk to? Who do we communicate with?  How do we help initiate these changes? We were a little stumped here, due in part I think to the emotional discussion that preceded the decision making, actually making a plan of action seemed anti climatic. Some discussion followed but will be picked up again at our next meeting; one idea floated, was to hold a community meeting to open out the discussion and our decision. I really do not know if it is the right time or not. What do others think, help us to represent you by sharing some of your thoughts and feelings.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the shootings in San Bernardino.

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When will something be done about the spiralling violence?


Gun Buy Back to remove the weapons from circulation

The craziness continues, another mass shooting and so many dead or injured, not too mention the shock reverberating around America, or is it? Are we becoming immune to the trauma, is all the political debate just posturing? Are we as American citizens actually going to do something other than go around in circles and lose sight of the original discussion, are all the debates just rhetoric? I am afraid the last seems to be the political way forward. Obama opens some doors a crack but nothing is happening. Why is nothing happening? What is the hold up? Just for those who can’t remember how many incidents we have had re mass shootings take a look here. Scary

I listened to an Australian comedian explain it, I was actually speechless after listening to it, it actually made sense!! I found the video via Vox but be warned there is some bad language in it. I had not even looked out of the US for anything re guns, never entered my head but have been reading about the Australian gun law. In brief; after a mass shooting of 35 people dead and 23 wounded in Tasmania in 1996, the newly elected government led by Prime Minister John Howard enacted gun control measures. At the heart of the incentive was a huge buyback of more than 600,000 semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, or about one-fifth of all firearms in circulation in Australia. The country’s new gun laws

  • prohibited private sales.
  • required that all weapons be individually registered to their owner.
  •  required that gun buyers present a “genuine reason” for needing each weapon at the time of the purchase. (Self-defense did not count.)

Now this weeping gun reform did have support of around 90% of the Australian people, this was shown by public polls and relating that to our country I cannot realistically see that amount of support being given. Alhtough I am totally in favour of us trying. Australian has not had a mass shooting since the 1996 one. I am not saying Australia does not have its violent crime, or that gun related crimes have totally disappeared but the fact remains there has been no mass killings. Surely something worth taking on board. I know we are not Australians but seeing as how we cannot find the answer oursleves maybe we should swallow some pride and look at what others have done and learn from them? Educating ourselves won’t kill us but the guns surely are!!! I also know Gun Buy Back is not a new idea and has been used in the US before but it needs to come from government with support from all states or we will get no where or just continue in this spiralling violence.

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More Deaths by Guns – what are we to do?


Common Snse Gun Laws - The Way Forward


The debate over gun laws continues after the dreadful shooting of the news crew of WDBJ7 news channel. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family, friends and co-workers of  Alison Parker and Adam Ward.

Politicians are responding in a variety of ways from seeing the incident as one to bring about more sensible gun laws and others stating yet again it is the people not the guns at fault.

Predisend Obama is quoted,”it breaks my heart every time you read or hear about these kinds of incidents … [It is] one more argument for why we need to look at how we can reduce gun violence.”

Hillary Clinton, the Democrat presidential candidate stated that, she wished the incident would be “what it will hopefully finally take for us to act”.

Ben Carson and Jim Gilmore both blame the people not the guns, “Politicians were wrong today to go out there and begin to do the same old song about gun control when that is not the issue.

It’s infuriating because it’s diverting us away from what we can do to solve this problem and that is to identify people who are unstable.”

So once again the politicans are divided, but do they know what the folks on the streets want anymore? Do the folks on the street know what they want? Do you think it is a mental health problem or should we be looking at more ‘common sense’ gun laws?

Another cause of concern to me is the reporting of this incident, the fact that someone filmed the incident and then put the video on Facebook and Twitter, bad enough it happened on live TV but to to then to further distress family, it was being replayed on social media sites -wrong on so many levels. Whilst the above videos where removed it still brings the question of what is actually put onto social media and how it can be or should be controlled. Let us know your views via the comments below.


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Holidays and Gun Laws


Fabulous photo of Baxter State Park taken from

Not my photo, something I aspire to take!


Hi there, hope everyone has been having a good summer. The group has taken a break over this month but meeting again in September. Although not officially meeting does not mean we have not spent time together, my family and I with 3 other members and their families have all have take a vacation together for two weeks. During that time a couple of other members and families came up for the weekend.  It was a very relaxed and interesting vacation. We all took a camping trip up to Maine. I love camping but not been to Baxter State park before, thoroughly recommend it for all age groups, took some great hikes and had some time to spend on trying out a new hobby – photography! Happily for me we where also away from the hunters – not something I personally am keen on. I also do not like my children to be within reach of firearms.

In fact fire arms, gun laws and our views on them where a topic of much debate around our evening ‘campfires’ so to speak! You know how it is; a group of people get together and something becomes the ‘hot’ topic for the  trip.  I guess for us it was an inevitable discussion, as it is on our agenda for September to discuss the groups input into the “sensible gun law” debates. Given the recent shootings at Virginia Beach not to mention all the other appalling shooting incidents this year, this is a subject as a group we cannot ignore. Not that I am indicating we want to but as such a sensitive and potentially volatile subject I guess we have been finding our feet, so to speak as a group before getting too involved.

From the evening casual discussions (although did get heated a couple of times) we are in for some very interesting debates.  Please let us know you views, we represent you and as I keep stressing your input is essential to ensure we are doing this correctly.


Photo from baxter State park Maine same source  -

Fabulous picture – look at those colours



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