There is a lot to think about here in this article from an Oregon writer who, like many of us grew up in small-town Oregon hunting and "plinking" and learning about firearm safety, the value of the outdoor life and responsible ownership. Yes that was a long time ago and unfortunately many of the institutions and community leaders that emphasized responsible gun ownership are no longer present. But it is long past time for those of us who are gun owners but who abhor the the current epidemic of gun violence and guns at any price political lifestyle to speak up. It seems to me the essence of public health is solid research, testing different approaches, and focusing on those that can contribute to an effort to protect the public. Approaching this as a public health issue where we come together to try some sensible ways to deal with this problem offers a way forward.