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The Intrusive Nature of "Celebratory Gunfire"

As our heart is still healing from one of the most gut wrenching gun massacres in U.S. history, let us remember the long fight ahead to a safer America.

Every year, the names of the injured and fallen will continue to grow, Celebratory Gunfire is increasingly even more a dangerous, irresponsible, and intrusive activity. Many victims were in their places of safety such as inside of their homes, churches, or simply watching fireworks from their own doorsteps on New Year’s Eve night when their lives were altered by a celebratory bullet.

As our heart is still healing from one of the most gut wrenching gun massacres in U.S. history, let us remember the long fight ahead to a safer America. I believe that education is the key in combating celebratory gunfire. I have talked with lots of people over the years and so many people simply cannot understand how someone can be severely injured or killed during this activity. Even more shocking is that everyone that participates in this activity often will never know that they may have pulled the trigger that took the life of a innocent child or adult miles way.

Since 2010, I have worked to create and educate the public on the dangers of Celebratory Gunfire through the tool of social media. I have had many discussions about this issue. For some, this seems to be the beginning of an attack on their 2nd amendment right. But, I must reassure you that there are many responsible gun owners and this discussion is not an attack on our right to bear arms according to the constitution. But, a extension of an olive branch to bear the arms responsibly. Somehow we have to ensure that guns do not get into the hands of people that are not licensed or those that are mentally unstable or them with ill intentions that may be a threat to society.

As we approach New Year’s Eve and prepare to say goodbye to 2012 and welcome 2013, let us also welcome in a needed change that will be instrumental in keeping our families safe. Whether that change be in the laws that govern gun ownership or the responsibility a person that is legally licensed to carry but however through their irresponsibility, their gun gets into the wrong hands let’s be prepared to work together to ensure that we have done all that we can to contribute to the health and safety of our society.

With the recent outbreak of gun violence, how have you made changes to ensure the safety of your family? Do you plan on altering the way that you celebrate New Year’s Eve because the state of our society and gun violence? How do you feel about Celebratory Gunfire and how do you plan to educate against this dangerous activity?

 

Social Media Gunfire Groups:

Citizens against Celebratory Gunfire and senseless gun violence

https://www.facebook.com/groups/senselessgunfire/?fref=ts

Bullet Free Skies

https://www.facebook.com/BulletFreeSky?fref=ts

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

https://www.facebook.com/CoalitiontoStopGunViolence?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Henry Louis Adams January 01, 2013 at 05:17 AM
As I sit here at my computer, Dekalb County is erupting in Celebratory Gunfire. It sounds as though the entire South Hairston/Redan Road to as far as Panola Road is a complete war zone. I can hear gunfire all around me. What will it truly take for people to be responsible? There is something severely wrong when people have no regard for human life.
Leslie Johnson January 01, 2013 at 05:28 AM
I heard it, too Henry, and the sound was distinctly different from the sounds of the $5 firepoppers people set off in their driveways. It was scary and very, very sad.
Bridget January 02, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I love the article. You seem sincere in this fight, wanting justice for all, and I appreciate your work in the community.
Henry Louis Adams January 02, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Yes, Leslie. It was horrible. And, thanks Bridget. We have a long way to go, but we will get there.
Laura Martin January 03, 2013 at 02:15 PM
When the cost of ammunition is raised by 1000% (think $500 for a bullet) fools will think twice before popping a cap into the air. Expensive ammo would also prevent mass shootings like the one in NJ. - and would eliminate the riduculous danceoff this country has entered with the NRA.

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