So Joan Peterson is obviously upset that our simple counter protest went better than her massive organizations joint-effort snit went. So she complains.
And this, my friends, is how the gun rights extremists reacted to a nation wide vigil with thousands of victims and others lighting candles and ringing bells. Cynical, stupid, wrong-headed, rude, twisted, ridiculous…. These folks think of themselves as clever and want to get into the faces of victims and gun violence prevention organizations. It is not funny. And they are uncomfortable when the focus is on victims. I wonder why? They don’t like victims because victims is what this is all about. There are too many victims. The video above is so immature and ridiculous as to make the public wonder what kind of country we live in. These folks could have just sat back and shut up. But they needed to mock. They felt a need to try to call attention to themselves. If they think this helped, they are sadly mistaken. And they are wrong. Victims matter. If the public begins to realize just how many victims there are, they might just demand common sense from elected leaders. If elected leaders truly realize the impact of gun violence on our American society, they might just act. So mocking victims and making fun of serious and emotional vigils is just plain tasteless.
You want to talk about victims? How about A Girl and Her Gun who was mugged, and now carries a gun so she won’t have to be at the mercy of a monster ever again. How about Sarah and Cee who sent a home invader packing with a 9mm JHP? Or Caleb who was glad to have more than just a cup of coffee when he encountered a knife-wielding mugger. Or Robb, who rather than posting a picture of his snazzy Glock 20, or his new M&P40, or his limeted edition Gunblog 45…he posted his Dan Wesson .357.
What makes this particular picture special is that what you see is an actual firearm that was used to prevent violence. As a ‘gun violence survivor’, I am alive today because I had that particular Dan Wesson .357 in my car while driving up to reserve duty. Had I not had that pistol in my front seat, I would have surely been dead or severely wounded when two thugs decided I was disrespecting them by not driving off the road to get out of their way not only threatened me but the passenger decided to show me exactly what they meant.
Or Tam who’s well known for her S&W Revolvers, her 1911s, and her recent switch to an M&P, but there was one day when she found that pepper spray wasn’t enugh, but a Glock 23 was the tool she needed.
Or these people who were held hostage by a rocked-up bank-robber. Go read the whole story. Do you think those people maybe wished they had something a little more substantial than an clothes iron, and some guile? (h/t to Maddmedic for that story)
No we talk about victims too, Joan. We also don’t Mock, as you claim. We respect, but where we part ways is we talk about SOLUTIONS. Joan will PRETEND to talk solutions. She’s talked about her murdered sister when talking about background checks, gun bans, magazine bans, carry bans, and mental health reporting, among other things. Not yet has she ever mentioned a law, proposal, or idea that if implemented before the time of her sister’s murder would have done a damn thing.
Meanwhile I just talked about several people who’s lives would have been MUCH worse off had they not had the tools to defend themselves. Meanwhile your group has Collin Goddard, a man who was shot by a lunatic in a gun-free zone, who is seeking to inflict all sorts of laws that will make more people as helpless as he was, or simply restrict freedom for ZERO gain.
How is that smart, or showing “Common Sense”?
Sorry Joan, we show respect for the victims, you dance in their blood.