By Tim Woolsey
Of all the issues facing this country, the one that seems the most intractable is the issue of the ready accessibility of guns and gun violence. Like many of you, I’m sure, I was in tears and totally depressed about the shooting in Newtown. I decided to reach out to some old friends from many years ago who are very conservative and ardent supporters of gun rights.
By Gyl Switzer, TGS Executive Director
Wow! So much to learn! I am beyond thrilled to be the new Executive Director of Texas Gun Sense. One of the most important public health issues in Texas and across the country is gun violence. Very early on as Executive Director I will share some thoughts here as well as highlight some career milestones. I intend for my next blog post to be a report of a success or two.
By Brendan Coffey
My own awareness that shootings and gun deaths were part of the fabric of American life began as a teen reading newspapers in the 1970’s. One had to accept it seemed, the finite possibility that one day you or someone you knew could fall victim to a bullet.
By Sheila Madigan Levatino
As a retired marriage and family therapist and former hospital chaplain, I see a disturbing similarity between our nation’s apathy towards gun violence and the cycle of violence I helped treat in domestic abuse cases.
By Marian Hoy
For the past 30 or so years, not a day has passed that one or more persons somewhere in this country haven’t been shot and killed by a gun. Sometimes, it’s an accidental shooting, but the lion’s share are suicides and murders by gunfire. Who are these people who are so angry, hurt or betrayed by life or another person that the only satisfying solution is to take a gun, and shoot and kill themselves or the person who wronged them?
By Emma Thomson
Since the Texas House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee has passed HB 1911, an unlicensed carry bill, we've decided to give you another installment of information on this dangerous bill. Please spread the word and speak up! Here are 10 reasons why unlicensed carry is a bad idea.
By Raul Camacho
I chose, “It’s not just a right, but a responsibility!” as the slogan of my firearm training academy because as a former Texas Peace Officer, I know firsthand that the consequences of guns getting into the wrong hands – the hands of someone with criminal intent or someone unskilled in handling their weapon – can be devastating. When guns are involved, a careless act in a moment’s time can change lives forever.
By John Wittman
Austin couple Chris and Roger Moore had never worried about their kids visiting a house with a gun inside until 15 years ago, when their son Marshall went to a neighbor’s house to spend time with friends. While he was at his friend’s house, Marshall and his friends found an unlocked, loaded gun on a desk and began to play with it. The gun went off, killing Marshall well before his time.
by John Wittman
When people hear the phrase “gun violence,” many think of someone walking into a mall, or a movie theatre, or a classroom with an assault rifle and opening fire. Mass shootings are easily the most publicized form of gun violence, but it is important to realize that they are not the most deadly form of gun violence in America.
by guest blogger Jeffery Nelson
I first became interested in the topic of gun safety with respect to children a few months ago when I was having a chat with a coworker. My colleague casually mentioned that she had a pistol on her night stand, a revelation not at all unique here in Texas, and that she always keeps it locked, loaded, and ready for action.