IJ readers share their short tales about guns

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Somehow, we have made it to June and all the month brings with it — the summer solstice, graduations, Father’s Day, vacations and, traditionally, weddings.

After a year of postponed celebrations, and with a CDC advisory that fully vaccinated people can walk around unmasked, this June seems extra celebratory. So let’s celebrate celebrations. What are you celebrating this June?

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Send your story to lifestyles@marinij.com by June 18 with “Six-Word Story” in the subject line. Then look for your story in the June 29 lifestyles section and online.

Last month we asked IJ readers to share their short tales on guns. Here’s what they had to say.

More stable persons: Fewer gun tragedies — Kathy Barrass, San Rafael

Insanity; who needs an automatic gun? — Shirley Gottesman, Greenbrae

Guns and leaf blowers; toxic karma. — Mary Geving, Woodacre

Bullets fly, children die, mothers cry. — Jim Bridgeman, Novato

Emoji guns banned, automatic weapons legal? — Katherine Ware, Belvedere

Age 11, took gun safety course. — Sharon Eide, Novato

Guns are too easy to get. — Madeline Kellner, Novato

Friend shoots herself with daddy’s gun. — Sarah Forsman, San Rafael

“I hear gunfire,” said the kindergartner. —  Alexis Garcia, San Rafael

Common sense gun laws; come on. — Scott Gerber, San Rafael

Guns and opioids: America’s lethal addictions. — Judy Baldassari, San Anselmo

Nerf guns are the better alternative. — Kendall Johnson, Larkspur

Aim, shoot, kill: it’s so easy. — John C. Sakellar, Point Reyes Station

Dad taught me proper gun safety.  — Darren Schivo, Novato

America, the beautiful;  America, the shameful. — Lucy MacSwain, San Rafael

Shooting sports are fun. Try some. — John Neuenburg, San Rafael

Have gun, eat venison, pheasant, duck. — Dee Vela, Novato

Worship peace and love, not guns. — Marty Barry, Novato

Beautiful gun, walnut grips, H&R 922. — Diane Cokely, San Anselmo

Child found gun. Chased friend. Bang. — Judy Gomoll, Mill Valley

Desperate attackers reasonably choose defenseless victims. — Matt Amadea, Novato

So many innocent lives needlessly lost. — Scott Kempf, Novato

Luger from war, stolen by neighbor. — Eliza Buffy Fullerton, Mill Valley

Kid finds unlocked gun, brother dead. — Jessica Gerber, San Rafael

Shiny and new. Whoops, no ammo! — Mike Popovich, Larkspur

Irrational obsession, might turn out badly. — Marlis Jansen, Mill Valley

Dead kids, not burglars, more likely. — Greg Brockbank, San Rafael

Speared French angel fish. Felt stupid. — Jerry D. Moore, Novato

Vaccine needed to prevent gun violence. — David Curtis, Novato

Don’t need gun, don’t want gun. — John Berg, Fairfax

Trophy hunting is an unacceptable perversion. — Beverly Allison   Novato

Gun supporting anti-abortionists are actually hypocrites. — Peter Bohan, Novato

Slaughter continues without sane gun laws. — Barbara W Grieco, Mill Valley

Gun violence, a public health problem. — Ann Woodward, Greenbrae

Searching for motive minimizes the AR-15. — Greg Walters, Mill Valley

Fine, keep your guns, outlaw bullets. — Meredith Hilton, Novato

America’s unique gun obsession: dangerous, pathetic. — Jenny Wood, Mill Valley

Bang! A life snuffed out instantly. — Alison Jauch, Novato

Second amendment: follow Ginsberg’s revising now. — Rev. George McLaird, Mill Valley

Firearms, like automobiles: make licensing mandatory. — Hank Simmonds, Kentfield

Ban all guns. Make love instead. — Gailya Magdalena, Lucas Valley

Second Amendment, nanny state, don’t equate. — Jackson L. Barker, San Rafael

Automatic weapons not same as muskets. — Rich Greene, Novato

Give peace a chance. Drop guns. — Sam Fleeger, Marin City

Everyone needs an antique 1787 musket. — William Nicholson, Ross

Guns gain rights while we die. — Marita Daly, Kentfield

Forefathers had no foresight of future. — Karin Granados, San Rafael

Kid bulletproof backpacks, only in America. — Kathy Malaney, Tiburon

No, no, no, no, never; why? — Helen Hayes, Ross

Weak gun laws are killing us. — Jen Reidy, Corte Madera

Beautiful boy shoots self in head. — Candy Gratto, Novato

Foam “bullets” everywhere; my mommy tears pour. — Tara Riley, Novato

Guns kill 30,000 annually. Any questions? — Norm Levin, Terra Linda

Active shooter drills beginning in kindergarten. — Kate Larson, San Rafael

Target shooting, hunting, since age 10. — Walter Schivo, Novato

Guns; part of life. Watch out. — Karen Arnold, San Rafael

Gunshot wounds, patients surprised. Very painful. — Heidi Larson, San Rafael

Guns give unfortunate, negative security always. — Charlotte Winters, Corte Madera

Taken hostage. LAPD “intervened.” Gunplay fatal. — Kenn Kovitz, Novato

Boy aimed playfully. Gun was loaded. — Mary Gilstrap, San Rafael

Ban most guns, Make us safe. — Jo Ann  Berman, Novato

Americans, have gun, will travel. Anachronism. — Irene Tabet, Mill Valley

My life has had no guns. — Cece Jonsen, Novato

Don’t worry. It’s not loaded. Bang! — Pamela Harris, Larkspur

Allowing muzzleloaders only would save lives. — Veronica Callister, Novato

Never accidental shooting. Always negligent discharge. —  Jim Koger, San Rafael

Fewer guns in the USA, hallelujah. —  Betsy Geraci, San Anselmo

Omitting fauna, AR-15s prey Homo sapiens. — Keith Buchignani, Novato

Shootings every day; Republicans support NRA. — Pamela Lunstead, Novato

Hug a child, not a gun. — Laura Miller, Novato

Hands up, don’t move, I’ll shoot. — Dora Knell, San Rafael

Well regulated militia: the National Guard. — David Reinstein, San Anselmo

Never liked guns, not in my home. — Stacy Burroughs, San Anselmo

Close Novato gun store. Selling violence. — Lois Wise, Novato

After Bobby, Mom tossed all guns. — William Dewey, San Rafael

Another senseless death; this is preventable. — Alana Kapust, San Rafael

Most dangerous gun is your own. — Pellie Anderson, Tiburon

The signers never imagined modern weapons. — Sue Beittel, San Rafael

Guns kill people. Make sellers liable. — Barbara A. Begley, Mill Valley

A “well regulated Militia” — got that? — Karen Hazlehurst, San Rafael

Suicide: Teenage boyfriend used father’s handgun. — Kim Bromley, San Rafael

Guns destroy lives, they bring tears. — Michael C. Vogel, Mill Valley

Law enforcement offers free gun locks. — Barbara Rowe, Mill Valley

My family is protected by Ruger. — Gigi Bibeault, San Rafael

No flash, no bang, but gone. — Tony Porter, San Rafael

Robin alit. I squeezed. Dead. Why? — Dave Ewing, Mill Valley

Father, daughter, laughter, silenced by gun. — Mary Lee Bickford, Sausalito

Guns make killing easy. No return. — Susan Savage, Novato

Your hopes and prayers do nothing. — Randi Bryant, Greenbrae

Deaths, public health crisis; work together. — Nancy Greenfield, Larkspur

Muskets to assault weapons; revise amendment. –Diane Forster, Corte Madera

Member United States International Rifle Team. — Roger Johnson, Corte Madera









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