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Nightmare Woke Up Local Gun Owner Before Newtown Tragedy

A Mission Viejo mother shares her reaction to the Connecticut tragedy.

A mother and gun owner from Mission Viejo was awakened the night before the Newtown school shooting with a terrible dream about children being shot. The woman, who asked to remain nameless, explains her reaction to the tragedy in this letter to the editor:

The night before the shootings I had horrifying nightmares from 2 a.m. to  4 a.m. I was talking in my sleep and my sister finally came in and woke me because I sounded hysterical. I was yelling "Call the police, they're shooting the children!" So Friday's news packed an additional punch for me since I had dreamed about children I didn't know getting shot and no one would call the police.

As a gun owner I've had to defend myself several times since the shooting Friday. Every time there is a shooting I go through this, but yesterday's was more intense for obvious reasons. I can't enjoy Christmas as much this year knowing how many are suffering from what happened yesterday. Losing a child is the greatest loss there could be. I don't think anyone will be able to enjoy it as much this year. How could we?

Soon after the news hit, I received a text message from a friend. It said, "You need to get rid of your guns." It went on to say that I was a mother who purchased guns and had a son and therefore I was in danger because my son could snap at any minute and do something like this young man. Obviously I was insulted, angered and hurt. Yet, I had to hear him out and let him share his opinion. Then another friend who I care deeply for is sharing his very strong opinions about gun control.

This country's problems with gun violence are so much more complicated than they understand. It's about how we treat people, how we identify those with mental illness and get them on medications so they can deal with their issues inwardly rather that outwardly. It's about personal responsibility for everyone who owns a gun. It's about stopping bullying by teaching kids to be kind to the ones that are different. It's about all kinds of stuff that could fill a book. It's overwhelming and I think that's why it's so hard to implement changes. It starts with every one of us.

Because of the Friday shooting I've had to defend myself several times to people who don't understand or agree that firearms are not only tools of violence - they are about a sport. I wrote this on my friends blog:

I do think there need to be changes in who can purchase what. But I think gun owners need to wake up and realize that if they are going to invest in and own guns they also need to invest in a gun safe and not share the combination with anyone. It's virtually impossible to break into a good gun safe. I wish shooting ranges would rent gun lockers so people wouldn't even have to keep their guns in their home.

Please don't hate me because I own a gun. I am the least violent, most peace-loving person you'll ever meet....I won't even kill a bug. But I do see shooting as a sport. It's also considered a sport by the Olympics. We can't punish the hundreds of thousands of gun owners for the horrific tragedies that occur that have nothing to do with us.

Shripathi Kamath December 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
"Please don't hate me because I own a gun. I am the least violent, most peace-loving person you'll ever meet....I won't even kill a bug." Be that as it may, please do not nail yourself to the cross and feign hatred from unnamed people for your gun ownership. If it is of any consolation, I am indifferent to you owning a gun. "But I do see shooting as a sport. It's also considered a sport by the Olympics." Yes, and it is considered as hunting by hunters, and defense by the military. "We can't punish the hundreds of thousands of gun owners for the horrific tragedies that occur that have nothing to do with us." In what way do you see people grieving and demanding something to be done to address the Newtown killings as punishing you and hundreds of thousands of gun owners? "But I think gun owners need to wake up and realize that if they are going to invest in and own guns they also need to invest in a gun safe and not share the combination with anyone. It's virtually impossible to break into a good gun safe." So in the middle of the night, when there is an intruder in your house, you think the best place for the gun to be is in a safe with a combination that you have to hunt in the dark to open? I keep getting told that when such a situation arises, you have seconds to deal with it, and the police are minutes away. Why would you allow the government tell you how you should secure your guns in your own house in the first place?
JustUs December 17, 2012 at 09:11 PM
The hysteria that the CT shooting has caused is sad. People lash out and blame stuff that is very secondary or not even a cause of the bigger problem. Instead of blaming America's pathetic response to mental illness or to the delivery of VIOLENT cartoons on Saturday morning to 4 and 5 year olds in their most FORMATIVE and SUSEPTIBLE stage of development severely and adversely impacting their view of the world - the hand-wringers blame guns. hah-hah. So very pathetic. It really shows how society has been dumbed down over the years. They ignore the VIOLENT culture that is encouraged and blame a protective tool that people need in this day and age to remain safe from all the crazies. Very nice article about this Misson Viejo mother. Stay strong, mom. Don't let them break you down. Stand up for your Constititional rights endowed by your creator!!! God bless.
A, Castillo December 18, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I Dont only think a firearm is a sport but it also saves lifes as well, Under the proper hands it is cherishible and extremely important....I do on the other hand know for a fact irresponsiblity is common among gun owners in one fashion or another and thats where our problems lye...If in fact Sandy Hook School had proper srmed policing on campus or any other school for that matter, lifes could and eould have been saved.We need to up the anny on guns and licenced with accountiblity, reponsibility and give schools more security..like it or not.In a free society many many unfortunate things are possible..lets utilize gun control not make it tougher and harder for good people to protect themselves..Fire with Fire is very relevent in my World"
ACastillo0703 December 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM
In Nancy Lanzas case, She showed an already mentaly ill young adult how to shoot a firearm not once but many times, what the heck was she thinking...Recipe for Disaster"Mistakes like that could be deadly..in which case, it was...Heartfelt for the victims.."
John Smith December 18, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Can Patch add a button that reads "Flag As Stupid?"
JustUs December 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM
What exactly do you consider 'stupid', John Smith? Or aren't you man enough to offer a counterargument. Rather, you are a hit and run artist, which I consider cowardly.
John Smith December 18, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I suppose you deal with cowardly people by challenging them to duels, so you can use all that firepower you've accumulated. Glad you don't live in my neighborhood, you big strong manly man. Bushmaster won't revoke YOUR man-card!
JustUs December 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Look. Mr. Coward returns again. He can't debate me. All he can do is dish out false and feckless insults. He knows that he is inferior when it comes to the art of debate. A very small man. Have a nice day, John. I will say a prayer for you and ask God to enhance your manhood.
John Smith December 18, 2012 at 08:57 PM
6' 4" / 250 lbs. PhD MIT, '74 Debate champion at Horace Mann (look it up) Marine Corps Marksmanship Badge Silver Star, Battle of Hue, '68 See you later, pal...
Dan Avery December 19, 2012 at 02:16 AM
LOL, Classic! Nicely played John Smith!
Dan Avery December 19, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I grew up in Minnesota and know a lot of folks who hunt. None of them own anything close to what is usually used to shoot a lot of people in an enclosed place. None of them are opposed to more gun regulation.
JustUs December 19, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Sure, John Smith. And I'm Clark Kent. More hit 'n run. Cowardly. I bet it's more like 5'4, 200 and GED eligible.
John Smith December 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, has awarded the SILVER STAR to John A. Smith, Lt., U.S. Marine Corps. For gallantry in action against the enemy in Hue, Vietnam on January 31, 1968, with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. During this time, Lt. Smith engaged the enemy at the Truoi River Bridge, killing several enemy troops while under fire, and recovering six AK-47 rifles from the enemy. The gallantry displayed by Lt. Smith was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit on himself, the 5th Marine Regiment, and the U.S. Marine Corps." Semper Fi, buddy....
John Smith December 22, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Fine editing there fellas ...
Dan Avery December 22, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Yo, John Smith, I didn't edit nothin' honest. :) But thank you for your service. I never did have a problem with the folks in country. Just with the fools who put you all there...
JustUs December 22, 2012 at 07:20 AM
I never believed in internet heroes. It's just too darn easy to make stuff up. John - how about a photo? How about a telephone #. I'd love to talk to you about your experiences, medals, education and honors. Now don't run off. Stay in touch, ok?
John Smith December 23, 2012 at 10:43 PM
JustUs: you can start by researching the battle of Hue

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