‘I Can’t Sit Still. I Can’t Not Do Anything.’

‘I Can’t Sit Still. I Can’t Not Do Anything.’

Gun Rights

Damon Winter/The New York Times Gregory Gibson’s son was killed in 1992 during a shooting at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass. In 2014, after decades of work with gun violence prevention groups, Mr. Gibson bought a 9-millimeter Sig Sauer P320 and began learning to shoot. In the essay “ A Gun Killed My Son. So Why Do I Want to Own One? ” Mr. Gibson walks readers down his path to becoming a gun owner and his quest for clarity in the debate around guns in America. “I’ll resume my advocacy work,” he wrote, “but I’m going to go about it differently.” Readers responded to Mr. Gibson’s essay with compassion and frustration. “We are in the throes of a madness we can’t seem to escape, and I don’t know what to do,” wrote Votealready, a reader in Maine. Mr. Gibson took the time to reply to that reader and others. Their comments and his replies are below. They have been edited for length and clarity. — Rachel L. Harris and Lisa Tarchak, senior editorial assistants Votealready, Maine : I’m a high school librarian. The day I have to carry and shoot a gun is the day I quit. My school is turning into a fortress. We are inuring ourselves to the constant presence of guns and the belief that they are the solution because the real reason for our problems is too difficult to confront. We have a “gun culture” problem. We have a constitutional […]

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