The Intrusive Nature of "Celebratory Gunfire"

As our heart is still healing from one of the most gut wrenching gun massacres in U.S. history, let us remember the long fight ahead to a safer America.

Every year, the names of the injured and fallen will continue to grow, Celebratory Gunfire is increasingly even more a dangerous, irresponsible, and intrusive activity. Many victims were in their places of safety such as inside of their homes, churches, or simply watching fireworks from their own doorsteps on New Year’s Eve night when their lives were altered by a celebratory bullet.

As our heart is still healing from one of the most gut wrenching gun massacres in U.S. history, let us remember the long fight ahead to a safer America. I believe that education is the key in combating celebratory gunfire. I have talked with lots of people over the years and so many people simply cannot understand how someone can be severely injured or killed during this activity. Even more shocking is that everyone that participates in this activity often will never know that they may have pulled the trigger that took the life of a innocent child or adult miles way.

Since 2010, I have worked to create and educate the public on the dangers of Celebratory Gunfire through the tool of social media. I have had many discussions about this issue. For some, this seems to be the beginning of an attack on their 2nd amendment right. But, I must reassure you that there are many responsible gun owners and this discussion is not an attack on our right to bear arms according to the constitution. But, a extension of an olive branch to bear the arms responsibly. Somehow we have to ensure that guns do not get into the hands of people that are not licensed or those that are mentally unstable or them with ill intentions that may be a threat to society.

As we approach New Year’s Eve and prepare to say goodbye to 2012 and welcome 2013, let us also welcome in a needed change that will be instrumental in keeping our families safe. Whether that change be in the laws that govern gun ownership or the responsibility a person that is legally licensed to carry but however through their irresponsibility, their gun gets into the wrong hands let’s be prepared to work together to ensure that we have done all that we can to contribute to the health and safety of our society.

With the recent outbreak of gun violence, how have you made changes to ensure the safety of your family? Do you plan on altering the way that you celebrate New Year’s Eve because the state of our society and gun violence? How do you feel about Celebratory Gunfire and how do you plan to educate against this dangerous activity?


Social Media Gunfire Groups:

Citizens against Celebratory Gunfire and senseless gun violence


Bullet Free Skies


Coalition to Stop Gun Violence


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A December 27, 2012 at 10:25 PM
You stated that so many people simply cannot understand how someone can be severely injured or killed during this activity. That's unbelievable I cant believe a person not knowing that someone could be injured or killed by shooting a weapon. A bullet has to land somewhere. What goes up Must and will come down. ... People have lost lives, had bullet holes in the roofs of their homes etc..because of this stupidity. Pure Ignorance... and it is against the law.
Henry Louis Adams December 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Yes A. It is true. There are people that do not believe that people can be injured or even killed by Celebratory Gunfire. That is why I try to talk about it as much as possible. Even still, this New Years Eve, there will people that will still fire guns into the air. Its a tough and sad reality. Thanks A for your comment. It is so awesome that you are engaging in this conversation, Thanks
A December 28, 2012 at 02:19 AM
If citations are issued for firing weapons in the city limits, maybe people will think twice about doing it.
Henry Louis Adams December 28, 2012 at 04:39 PM
That is a awesome comment "A". From speaking with Law Enforcement, it is hard to determine where the gunfire is coming from. They are relying on citizens to tell on each other.. which is dangerous. However, I sat in on a meeting with Dekalb County Police last year in which there was a representative from the Shot spotter technology company. That company provides a technology system that helps law enforcement track down exactly where the gunshots are coming from. I am not sure where the direction of that initiative went, but something like that would be a great help to law enforcement. I think that one of our biggest issues in this fight is that police don't have the proper tools to be effective in fighting this activity.
Baldr Odinson December 28, 2012 at 05:45 PM
It's all-too-true, "A". It has to be more than citations, since catching suspects is difficult. It has to be a widespread education effort to let people realize that the bullets DO come down, and the CAN hit people. Here is one survivor's story: http://newtrajectory.blogspot.com/2012/09/survivor-story-joseph-b-jaskolka.html
Henry Louis Adams December 28, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Thanks Baldr for your comment. And, thanks for the awesome information.
Will Gara December 29, 2012 at 06:02 PM
We usually go out on our deck in Grant Park so we can watch the fireworks but as soon as we hear the gunfire we go back inside.
LaShall Goggins December 29, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Well I know we have all heard the expression "guns don't kill people, people kill people", but yet we still have guns on our streets everywhere, and still being bought by the hundreds every year. I live in Covington Ga, and right in my back yard I have a neighbor that fires his gun his gun all the time. My daughter was in the backyard last week working out, soon as she heard the gunshots she made a beline straight into the house. Its bad when you can't even hang out in your own back yard. I'm just so thankful that God's protection is always around us.
Henry Louis Adams December 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Will, thanks for your comment. You know its so sad to know that while going indoors is presumably safer, there have been instances where the celebratory bullets have come down through roofs, walls and doors. This activity is so unpredictable. This is one of the points that are extremely important for everyone to know. That even though we go inside, this activity can be quite intrusive. Thanks for your comment.
Henry Louis Adams December 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM
People that fire their guns needlessly or senselessly really need education on public safety. Hopefully he will find a firing range and not a populated backyard neighborhood to shoot targets. Thanks for your comments and stay safe :)
Feed A Fur Friend December 30, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I didn't know firing a gun in the air to celebrate was against the law. They do it at New Years and 4th of July where I live. I hate it. Thank you.
David Binder December 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Henry thank you for bringing this problem to light. And it IS a problem. Having worked in Public Safety (911 operator/dispatcher) for 15 years now it still amazes me the number of calls we get for these people that insist on firing (defense) weapon in a celebratory fashion. Citations & even arrests are very difficult because the person has to be caught in the act, or at least with the weapon. Firing a gun into the air only proves one thing. Just how much COMMON SENSE is lacking in our society.
Henry Louis Adams December 31, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Thank You for your comment. Yes, it is against the law. There are so many people that have been killed or injured because of this. It is a practice that seems to be so hard to get out of society. Its one of those things where when a person fires the gun, they don't realize that the bullet has to go somewhere and sometimes where it goes could be fatal to someone else.
Henry Louis Adams December 31, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Thank you for your comment David. It is my wish that through this discussion people will read this blog and wake up.I really pray that we do not have any incidents to report on New Years Day 2013. Thank you for your knowledge. It is refreshing to see people of your stature and level of experience in public safety speaking out on this and sharing your wisdom. Thanks Again.
Henry Louis Adams January 01, 2013 at 05:17 AM
As I sit here at my computer, Dekalb County is erupting in Celebratory Gunfire. It sounds as though the entire South Hairston/Redan Road to as far as Panola Road is a complete war zone. I can hear gunfire all around me. What will it truly take for people to be responsible? There is something severely wrong when people have no regard for human life.
Leslie Johnson January 01, 2013 at 05:28 AM
I heard it, too Henry, and the sound was distinctly different from the sounds of the $5 firepoppers people set off in their driveways. It was scary and very, very sad.
Bridget January 02, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I love the article. You seem sincere in this fight, wanting justice for all, and I appreciate your work in the community.
Henry Louis Adams January 02, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Yes, Leslie. It was horrible. And, thanks Bridget. We have a long way to go, but we will get there.
Laura Martin January 03, 2013 at 02:15 PM
When the cost of ammunition is raised by 1000% (think $500 for a bullet) fools will think twice before popping a cap into the air. Expensive ammo would also prevent mass shootings like the one in NJ. - and would eliminate the riduculous danceoff this country has entered with the NRA.


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