Nevada Desert Experience is a group of peace activists who have routinely protested the drones and other sophisticated weapons of war at bases near Las Vegas. Today, however, the group is focusing on a different target - gun violence. They will be holding a vigil outside the SHOT show, the gun show, to protest gun violence. We talk with the organizer during the vigil.
While I respect their human and Constitutional rights, I would suggest that these protesters will all be singing a different tune if/when either 1) some criminal is breaking down their door in the middle of the night, and 911 is many minutes or even hours away, or 2) when our government starts suppressing people who don't agree with government policy, which history shows always happens because all governments naturally drift towards tyranny and away from liberty. The right of the people to defend themselves against criminals and the police state is fundamental to a free country.Tom Hurst –Jan 17, 2013 15:08:21 PM
The government is already suppressing people who don't agree with policy, as we saw in response to Occupy and many other movements. Our experience is that trying to meet such suppression with guns is folly, a recipe for more violence. Apart from whether guns are effective against burglars, public data also shows that a gun in the house is more likely to be used against someone living in the house than against an intruder. John Lindsay-Poland –Jan 17, 2013 15:56:41 PM
Thank you for introducing another voice into the national conversation on gun violence. I often feel that the powerful NRA drowns out the many conscientious citizens who believe that MORE GUNS is not the answer to the problem.Sonja Brouwers –Jan 17, 2013 09:01:32 AM