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  1. Melanie
    January 22, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    I have nightmares of a foreign invasion. They started right after September 11 and have continued to this day. They are so vivid that I wake up sweating and have to look out the window to remind myself the shadows are just trees.
    I don’t have that visceral reaction to guns in real life, only in my dreams. I don’t love them or hate them, but I will not bring one into my own home. My ex husband had several, and he often reminded me, but somehow that trauma is still on the back burner.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 10:28 am

      Yup, I have nightmares about it sometimes, too. No good!

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  2. Melanie
    January 22, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    I have nightmares of a foreign invasion. They started right after September 11 and have continued to this day. They are so vivid that I wake up sweating and have to look out the window to remind myself the shadows are just trees.I don’t have that visceral reaction to guns in real life, only in my dreams. I don’t love them or hate them, but I will not bring one into my own home. My ex husband had several, and he often reminded me, but somehow that trauma is still on the back burner.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 3:28 pm

      Yup, I have nightmares about it sometimes, too. No good!

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  3. Jared Karol
    January 22, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    I share your hatred for guns. I don’t understand our country’s fascination w/ guns, when there are so many other civilized nations that can get along quite well w/out them. . . I’m glad you’re okay!

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 10:29 am

      Thank you. I completely agree. We’re gun obsessed and it’s just.. crap.

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  4. Jared Karol
    January 22, 2013 @ 10:53 pm

    I share your hatred for guns. I don’t understand our country’s fascination w/ guns, when there are so many other civilized nations that can get along quite well w/out them. . . I’m glad you’re okay!

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

      Thank you. I completely agree. We’re gun obsessed and it’s just.. crap.

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  5. Mayor Gia
    January 22, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    Ahhh that’s so scary!! I’m glad you and your baby weren’t home for it. Ooof.

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  6. Mayor Gia
    January 22, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

    Ahhh that’s so scary!! I’m glad you and your baby weren’t home for it. Ooof.

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  7. gem
    January 22, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    Thank you for your side of the gun debate. I come from a famiily of gun sports folk, and live where sheriffs take at least thirty minutes to respond to anything due to the remote location we live. Add in mountain lions and stuff and I do own a weapon to protect myself. I am properly liscenced and trained and hope I never ever have to use it to defend myself. But I know that a hungry lion or crazed robber or whatever can kill me and no one will respond for 30 minutes until I am long dead.

    I also know, whether good or bad, gun ownership is constitutionally protected. I think it is more to defend our liberty if God forbid our contry ever goes fascist and gets into genocide and the like, like in the Kgmer rouge, Holocaust, Stalin’s era etc.

    I know those ideas sound nuts but it could happen anywhere. Anything could happen.

    Should people be able to sell guns “under the table”? Heck no. Should criminals and crazies get guns? No. There should be proper channels to get weapons. But, that being said, criminals are criminals and will get guns in their own not-so-legal way.

    And should schools be protected from weapons? Yes. Making it simply an unguarded, unprotected, gun free zone has not worked. But no, students need not have guns and it should not be the old west with everyone packing heat. Moderation, training at police level, background checks, etc can be implemented. Just like in regular society.

    So I rambled. Feel free to agree or disagree. I wanted to give my side, and say again, thank you for giving your side. Thoroughly. Not just saying “no guns” for no reason or, even “yay guns” for no reason.
    I love hearing differing opinions. Yay for free speech and intellectual debate and yadda yadda.

    And hug little Elise, all children deserve love, protection, friendship, etc. Until society changes for the better, until gang-style culture and violence switch in the “cool department” with higher education, peace, love, and acceptance, we must all lead by example and show our children the good side of the world. That love and peace are the answer.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 10:33 am

      Thank you for your comment. I totally understand and even though I do kind of hate guns, I think I would keep one around if I had to worry about lions and tigers and bears, oh my! I don’t think there should be guns in schools though. I think that schools should have better procedures or hire more staff to keep people out – Elise’s school is a free for all in the morning and afternoon at pickup time, parents can freely go in and out and no one notices who comes and goes. Armed security… maybe.. but guns in every classroom? That would make us even crazier I think.

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  8. gem
    January 22, 2013 @ 11:53 pm

    Thank you for your side of the gun debate. I come from a famiily of gun sports folk, and live where sheriffs take at least thirty minutes to respond to anything due to the remote location we live. Add in mountain lions and stuff and I do own a weapon to protect myself. I am properly liscenced and trained and hope I never ever have to use it to defend myself. But I know that a hungry lion or crazed robber or whatever can kill me and no one will respond for 30 minutes until I am long dead.
    I also know, whether good or bad, gun ownership is constitutionally protected. I think it is more to defend our liberty if God forbid our contry ever goes fascist and gets into genocide and the like, like in the Kgmer rouge, Holocaust, Stalin’s era etc.
    I know those ideas sound nuts but it could happen anywhere. Anything could happen.
    Should people be able to sell guns “under the table”? Heck no. Should criminals and crazies get guns? No. There should be proper channels to get weapons. But, that being said, criminals are criminals and will get guns in their own not-so-legal way.
    And should schools be protected from weapons? Yes. Making it simply an unguarded, unprotected, gun free zone has not worked. But no, students need not have guns and it should not be the old west with everyone packing heat. Moderation, training at police level, background checks, etc can be implemented. Just like in regular society.
    So I rambled. Feel free to agree or disagree. I wanted to give my side, and say again, thank you for giving your side. Thoroughly. Not just saying “no guns” for no reason or, even “yay guns” for no reason.
    I love hearing differing opinions. Yay for free speech and intellectual debate and yadda yadda.
    And hug little Elise, all children deserve love, protection, friendship, etc. Until society changes for the better, until gang-style culture and violence switch in the “cool department” with higher education, peace, love, and acceptance, we must all lead by example and show our children the good side of the world. That love and peace are the answer.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I totally understand and even though I do kind of hate guns, I think I would keep one around if I had to worry about lions and tigers and bears, oh my! I don’t think there should be guns in schools though. I think that schools should have better procedures or hire more staff to keep people out – Elise’s school is a free for all in the morning and afternoon at pickup time, parents can freely go in and out and no one notices who comes and goes. Armed security… maybe.. but guns in every classroom? That would make us even crazier I think.

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  9. Christie @randomreflectionz
    January 22, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

    What an absolute nightmare.

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  10. Christie @randomreflectionz
    January 23, 2013 @ 2:54 am

    What an absolute nightmare.

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  11. Ken
    January 22, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    This is a debate that even effects us here in Canada. I too live in a pretty rural area and while I don’t hunt, I do own some guns to protect baby calves from coyotes and such. Here we have to take a course in order to even purchase a gun, but still, criminals will find ways around that.

    I appreciate your view on this and truthfully, I don’t know what the answer is on gun control.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 10:34 am

      Not many countries have figured it out well yet. At least in Canada you have to take a course to purchase a gun! Here, you don’t. Ugh.

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  12. Ken
    January 23, 2013 @ 3:22 am

    This is a debate that even effects us here in Canada. I too live in a pretty rural area and while I don’t hunt, I do own some guns to protect baby calves from coyotes and such. Here we have to take a course in order to even purchase a gun, but still, criminals will find ways around that.
    I appreciate your view on this and truthfully, I don’t know what the answer is on gun control.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

      Not many countries have figured it out well yet. At least in Canada you have to take a course to purchase a gun! Here, you don’t. Ugh.

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  13. Janice
    January 22, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    We have guns in our home, but no assault weapons. I’m not sure why people need those.

    I like your comment about Japan. My only thought is this: once you go so far down a certain road, can you ever go back? Has Japan always had their gun laws? It seems like it would be very difficult to disarm a society once it is already armed. You know, without going all Adolf Hitler and everything.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 10:36 am

      Haha! I am not sure how long Japan has had those laws, and yes it WOULD be difficult to disarm the US – there would be a revolution, for sure.

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  14. Janice
    January 23, 2013 @ 4:05 am

    We have guns in our home, but no assault weapons. I’m not sure why people need those.
    I like your comment about Japan. My only thought is this: once you go so far down a certain road, can you ever go back? Has Japan always had their gun laws? It seems like it would be very difficult to disarm a society once it is already armed. You know, without going all Adolf Hitler and everything.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

      Haha! I am not sure how long Japan has had those laws, and yes it WOULD be difficult to disarm the US – there would be a revolution, for sure.

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  15. Rogue Wino
    January 23, 2013 @ 1:50 am

    I personally can’t stand to be near a gun either. It’s death, pure and simple. And whether people want to surround themselves with this or not is relative to the level of threat they feel to their personal safety. Most peoples fears about this country going fascist are unfounded in logic or history- the wealthy already control the population, and that population is willing, why would they need to mess up a good thing? Plus guns aren’t much of a defense against tanks and bombs, so there’s that.
    Anyways. I have no problem with people who would like to better protect themselves with handguns, or hunt with rifles. Assault rifles don’t make sense in the hands of civilian population.
    Ok I’ll stop rambling now!

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  16. Rogue Wino
    January 23, 2013 @ 6:50 am

    I personally can’t stand to be near a gun either. It’s death, pure and simple. And whether people want to surround themselves with this or not is relative to the level of threat they feel to their personal safety. Most peoples fears about this country going fascist are unfounded in logic or history- the wealthy already control the population, and that population is willing, why would they need to mess up a good thing? Plus guns aren’t much of a defense against tanks and bombs, so there’s that.Anyways. I have no problem with people who would like to better protect themselves with handguns, or hunt with rifles. Assault rifles don’t make sense in the hands of civilian population.
    Ok I’ll stop rambling now!

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  17. TheJackB
    January 23, 2013 @ 2:01 am

    I understand why some people are nervous about guns but they don’t bother me. I am more concerned with the crazies on the road,but that probably comes from having seen more incidents of road rage than anything else.

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  18. TheJackB
    January 23, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    I understand why some people are nervous about guns but they don’t bother me. I am more concerned with the crazies on the road,but that probably comes from having seen more incidents of road rage than anything else.

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  19. Sarcasm Goddess
    January 23, 2013 @ 2:47 am

    I think I just might be a WACKADOO right along with you. I saw a documentary about one of the Virginia Tech shooting survivors. He went undercover to a bunch of gun shows where people were just walking around selling all kinds of scaring killing machines. Anyone could buy a gun. There was no background check, or wait three days or even show i.d. In come cases they asked for it, but he just said he left it at home and the gun seller sold it to him anyway. Absolutely terrifying.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 10:38 am

      I KNOW!! That is my biggest beef with our stupid gun laws. Why is it that you have to have a permit to buy a gun in a store, but you don’t have to have one at a gun show?

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  20. Sarcasm Goddess
    January 23, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    I think I just might be a WACKADOO right along with you. I saw a documentary about one of the Virginia Tech shooting survivors. He went undercover to a bunch of gun shows where people were just walking around selling all kinds of scaring killing machines. Anyone could buy a gun. There was no background check, or wait three days or even show i.d. In come cases they asked for it, but he just said he left it at home and the gun seller sold it to him anyway. Absolutely terrifying.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

      I KNOW!! That is my biggest beef with our stupid gun laws. Why is it that you have to have a permit to buy a gun in a store, but you don’t have to have one at a gun show?

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  21. Samantha Brinn Merel
    January 23, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    That is really scary. After being a student of constitutional law for so long I understand the Second Amendment, and the protection it affords to private citizens to own guns for protection. But the thing is, no freedom is unfettered, and it is entirely constitutional to place limits on that right. Machine guns and assault rifles and high capacity magazines certainly have no place in a civilized society. And the idea that anyone in the country can buy a gun without so much as a background check? Completely crazy.

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  22. Samantha Brinn Merel
    January 23, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    That is really scary. After being a student of constitutional law for so long I understand the Second Amendment, and the protection it affords to private citizens to own guns for protection. But the thing is, no freedom is unfettered, and it is entirely constitutional to place limits on that right. Machine guns and assault rifles and high capacity magazines certainly have no place in a civilized society. And the idea that anyone in the country can buy a gun without so much as a background check? Completely crazy.

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  23. iasoupmama
    January 23, 2013 @ 10:59 am

    Oh, man — being evacuated like that would probably scar me for life. I know they do it to protect you, but being marched out of your home like that sure feels violating, doesn’t it?

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  24. iasoupmama
    January 23, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

    Oh, man — being evacuated like that would probably scar me for life. I know they do it to protect you, but being marched out of your home like that sure feels violating, doesn’t it?

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  25. Michelle Longo
    January 23, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    That sounds like a really scary situation. I do my best to not think about the inevitable death we all face, otherwise I’d probably just sit in a corner holding my knees, rocking back and forth.

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  26. Michelle Longo
    January 23, 2013 @ 6:06 pm

    That sounds like a really scary situation. I do my best to not think about the inevitable death we all face, otherwise I’d probably just sit in a corner holding my knees, rocking back and forth.

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  27. nataliedeyoung
    January 23, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

    Whew, scary stuff! I don’t have the same gut reactions to guns, but man, going through something like that would scare the pants off me!

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  28. nataliedeyoung
    January 23, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

    Whew, scary stuff! I don’t have the same gut reactions to guns, but man, going through something like that would scare the pants off me!

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  29. Jamie@SouthMainMuse
    January 23, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    Guns make me nervous too. But I recently had dinner with a group of very close friends and I was alone in my anti-guns in the home stance. Each of them had a gun in their house for protection. Granted many of them live out in rural areas and are isolated. If that were my situation, I might think differently. And all these have children. That’s what I worry about. Accidents. My 19 yo is an avid sportsman and has shotguns. But they are stored when he is not home. Ultimately, I think this is a mental health issue as well.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      Oh heck yea. It’s not joke that it’s easier to get a gun in the US than it is to get mental health care. It’s absurd.

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  30. Jamie@SouthMainMuse
    January 23, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    Guns make me nervous too. But I recently had dinner with a group of very close friends and I was alone in my anti-guns in the home stance. Each of them had a gun in their house for protection. Granted many of them live out in rural areas and are isolated. If that were my situation, I might think differently. And all these have children. That’s what I worry about. Accidents. My 19 yo is an avid sportsman and has shotguns. But they are stored when he is not home. Ultimately, I think this is a mental health issue as well.

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    • Cheney
      January 24, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

      Oh heck yea. It’s not joke that it’s easier to get a gun in the US than it is to get mental health care. It’s absurd.

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  31. dilovely
    January 24, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    I feel exactly like you when I see a gun: what if that person just has a bad day and goes apeshit? It’s too much power for a person to wield. That’s how I felt after Newtown – it should be impossible for anyone to go into a room and pick off human beings one by one like fish in a barrel. Luckily I live in Canada where you don’t often see guns, but still. Scary.

    So glad you and Elise are okay.

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  32. dilovely
    January 24, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

    I feel exactly like you when I see a gun: what if that person just has a bad day and goes apeshit? It’s too much power for a person to wield. That’s how I felt after Newtown – it should be impossible for anyone to go into a room and pick off human beings one by one like fish in a barrel. Luckily I live in Canada where you don’t often see guns, but still. Scary.
    So glad you and Elise are okay.

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  33. Stacie @ Snaps and Bits
    January 24, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    So freaky! I have to say, I’d prefer to have Japan’s gun laws too. My sister teaches at the Coast Guard Academy. New London is a beautiful area! Even more so without the damn guns.

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  34. Stacie @ Snaps and Bits
    January 24, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

    So freaky! I have to say, I’d prefer to have Japan’s gun laws too. My sister teaches at the Coast Guard Academy. New London is a beautiful area! Even more so without the damn guns.

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