1. Anna
    December 17, 2012 @ 7:48 AM

    Very thoughtful, thank you, Julie!

  2. Evyl Robot Michael
    December 17, 2012 @ 8:40 AM

    I agree with every word and will likely link to your pose later today.

  3. Bob
    December 17, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

    Great job Julie. I am going to use the water hose analogy a lot now, since one of the greatest of all time uses it. Thanks. And you keep your munchkin safe! Like the proud mama you are. To paraphrase Mr. T, “I pity the fool who messes with Julies’ kin!”

  4. Mia Anstine
    December 17, 2012 @ 1:44 PM

    Great post Julie. You are an amazingly classy lady.

  5. Quiet_Professional
    December 17, 2012 @ 2:12 PM

    Well said, Julie! I’ve reposted on FB.

  6. ARL
    December 17, 2012 @ 4:47 PM

    I don’t think we need to ban any type of weapon, even assault weapons, but we need to be much, much more vigilant about training, ownership, and custody of weapons and ammunition.

    Most gun owners are highly responsible, but this is a huge country and with so many gun owners that if even 1% are irresponsible, we have big numbers of guns that are not being kept under their owners’ control.

    So I have to say that you are wrong you use the word irrational to describe people who advocate for gun control. It is irrational to continue as we are and expect different results. It’s irrational to pretend that our lack of control isn’t a factor in death rates by gun in the US that are 20 times higher than other countries in the industrialized world.

    We absolutely cannot continue to have guns that owners do not keep properly stored and locked. A possible law, for example, would say that if you discover that your gun is out of your custody (neither in your hand nor in your gun vault) you must report it to the police within an hour of discovering it’s missing. If you don’t, you face legal liability for whatever harm is caused by that gun, no matter who uses it to cause harm.

    I’d also be in favor of massive restrictions on storing guns in homes where there is a mentally ill person present. The man who shot and killed a Capitol Hill police officer, for example, on July 24, 1998 was known to be mentally ill and violent, but his family made no provisions for keeping weapons out of his hands.

    National gun registry and tracking of gun ownership transfer (like the way your car is registered and has a VIN number) is another example of a law that would not interfere with ownership by responsible owners, but would allow us to find the source of guns used in crimes and to identify irresponsible owners.

    It’s not either-or, it’s not win-lose, it’s just ensuring that owners behave responsibly when the things they use are deadly. Like your car.

  7. Madeline Michelle Cooley
    January 11, 2013 @ 9:14 AM

    What very informative and touching article. I want to thank you for what a great example you are. I couldn’t ask for anyone better to represent the gun industry as well as my own thoughts and feelings on such a heart wrenching subject.

  8. julieg1
    January 11, 2013 @ 9:27 AM

    Thanks for the kind words Madeline. I really appreciate it.

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