Not long ago, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) posted a blog detailing personal attacks made on Joan Peterson, a gun violence survivor from Minnesota and the author of the blog Common Gunsense. In 1992, Joan s sister, Barbara, was shot and killed by her husband three years into divorce proceedings. He took his own life not long thereafter in a psychiatric ward.
Joan recently shared three comments left by a pro-gun activist on her (moderated) blog. “japete” is the screen name that Joan uses to respond to comments on her blog.
“Go ring your little bell you stupid ignorant cunt. We’ll be busy advancing in individual states. Deep down, you see what’s happening and clutch your rancid crotch stink hole in despair, huh?”
“Hey japete, why don’t you clean out your disease-ridden cunt-hole? Does making everyone you walk past sick with fishy shit smell a turn-on for you? I’ll bet your sister’s dead crotch smells better than yours. Your husband certainly thinks so.”
“Hey japete, does your dead sister like hot cock up her ass? Oh wait, I guess it doesn’t matter. Perhaps I wouldn’t insult you if you had the decency to publish my comments, you stupid ignorant cunt. But it is your blog. You don’t publish my comments because my logic destroys your world. I guess we’ll just have to continue spanking your shit covered cheeks in Congress. Fuck you and your stupid little bell.”
The commenter is referring to a bell that hangs in a Memorial Garden in Lake Place Park in Duluth, Minnesota. Periodically, Joan gathers with members of Protect Minnesota (which formed when the Million Mom March Chapters of Minnesota merged with Citizens for a Safer Minnesota) and other organizations at this spot to remember victims of gun violence. Attendees are invited to ring the Memorial Bell for each loved one they have lost to gun violence.
Joan rings the bell each time for Barbara, faithfully.