Re: Firearms Policy
From: PattyMara Gourley (
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 08:25:43 -0700 (PDT)
Tierra Nueva doesn't have an official policy for or against guns.  I know
they are here though.  Mostly in the low calibre hunting range, but probably
more unknowns.

A comment made when we were preparing for emergencies and Y2K has stuck with
me.  It was made by a former military guy about our water well and water
tank on site.  He said "We will either have to be prepared to share our
water, or resolved to defend it."  And to defend it, he was referring to
having guns.  Gives me a shivver every time I think about it.

It is a difficult subject to talk about.  So, we don't.  So it goes.

Diana's ideas are good ones, about starting the conversations.


On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 8:11 AM, Diana Kardia <diana [at]>

> Mosaic's experience of people assuming no one in cohousing would want
> a gun is quite common - and makes for a great opportunity for
> community building.  The assumptions about what "real cohousers" are
> like easily become invisible, so it's useful to look for moments when
> they can get surfaced and cleared away in order to build a much more
> true form of community - one that actually recognizes the complicated
> real people that have decided to join together in this endeavor.
> One way to handle the unnecessary forms of controversy that can come
> up here is to use an icebreaker that accomplishes one or more of the
> following:
> - puts information in the room about the reality and variety of
> people's experience (e.g., how many people's parents or grandparents
> hunted? how many people have been hunting themselves?)
> - provides factual information about gun safety (so that the
> conversation is not skewed only toward the things that happen when
> safety is not cared for)
> - addresses the many reasons people do choose to have guns (so that
> the onus is not on any one individual to do all the educating)
> Feel free to contact me if you want more specific ideas.
>  From there, the community is much more capable of making an informed
> and collaborative decision on this matter - and more quickly than if
> the whole conversation starts in drama.  But watch out - the firearms
> conversation might not be nearly so tricky as the one about whether
> it's allowable to field dress a deer in one's limited common element.
> Diana
> Diana Kardia
> Sunward and Great Oak Cohousing Communities, Ann Arbor
> diana [at]
> On Jul 7, 2008, at 3:12 PM, Elizabeth Magill wrote:
> It was QUITE controversial at the start, because many members has
> just assumed we would not have guns, and it turned out that one of
> our members already owned one or more handguns.
> However, once the initial shock wore off, we had good discussion of
> our fears and concerns and came reasonably quickly to consensus.
> -Liz
> (The Rev.) Elizabeth M. Magill
> PastorLiz [at]
> MOsaic Commons
> Move in with us this fall! A few 2, 3, and 4BR homes are still
> waiting for a neighbor!
> On Jul 7, 2008, at 3:12 PM, Per Eisenman wrote:
> >
> > What have different communities done about  a firearms policy?  Can
> > anyone offer any advice or examples.
> > Thanks.
> > -Per Eisenman
> > Champlain Valley Cohousing
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