Emily Tracy: More on gun violence | SummitDaily.com

Emily Tracy: More on gun violence

Two weeks ago my Guest Commentary, “Gun violence – had enough yet?” was published in the Summit Daily News. Some of the online comments and subsequent letters in response to the column were, sadly, not constructive and often off the mark.

The point of the column was to raise the issue of the frequency of gun violence in our state, nothing more. It was not about increasing or decreasing gun control or gun regulations. It was simply a request to begin a reasonable dialogue about the amount of gun violence on our streets and in our homes, and to ask that everyone participate in a dialogue about the excessive injuries and deaths we see in Colorado.

We need all viewpoints in the dialogue – gun owners, gun collectors, those who don’t have and don’t want guns in their homes, law enforcement, child protection advocates, school administrators, and many others. Most elected officials in Colorado do not want to touch this issue – they may have opinions about the excessive gun violence, but they usually won’t express those opinions in public.

Can a constructive dialogue begin? I hope so.

And one more thing. Here are the gun violence headlines during the two weeks since I wrote the original Guest Commentary:

Aurora police capture suspected carjacker – Denver Post, 3/17/11 (suspect armed; shots fired)

Aurora Officer Shot In Leg – Channel 7, Denver, 3/17/11

Boulder police search for suspect who shot, killed 20-year-old man on University Hill – Denver Post, 3/18/11

Homeowner reports gunshot damage – Pueblo Chieftain, 3/18/11

Teen gunman who invaded Aurora apartment sought – Denver Post, 3/19/11

Police search for suspects in bar shooting – 9News, 3/20/11

Northglenn police look for answers in strange driveby – Denver Post, 3/20/11

Suspect dead in officer-involved shooting in Aurora – Denver Post, 3/21/11

Police looking for carjackers, 2 women after robbery – Denver Post, 3/22/11 (in Colorado Springs; carjacker had handgun)

Steamboat man arrested in dog shooting – Denver Post, 3/22/11

Suspect Surrenders To SWAT, Frees Elderly Hostage – Channel 7, Denver (armed)

Police: 2 dead, 3 wounded in Denver shooting – Denver Post, 3/24/11

Woman held hostage in Aurora eased tension with kindness – Denver Post, 3/24/11 (gun used)

Teen dead in Commerce City shooting – Denver Post, 3/28/11

Colorado Springs’ bank robbed at gunpoint – Denver Post, 3/29/11

Armed man robs 2 teens in Wheat Ridge – Denver Post, 3/29/11

Police looking for armed suspect involved in Denver bank robbery – Denver Post, 3/30/11

Aurora man who pulled gun in parking dispute is arrested – Denver Post, 3/30/11

2 dead, 2 wounded in Aurora – Denver Post, 3/31/11 (shooting)

Sears Security Guards Fight Would-Be Robbers – Channel 7, Denver, 3/31/11 (Colorado Springs – suspect drew a gun)

Teen ‘Person Of Interest’ In Slaying Of Great-Grandparents – Channel 7, Denver, 3/31/11 (Hugo, CO; Channel 7 says gun used)

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