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12.21.2012 – Can We At Least Talk About It?

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I’m not really anti-gun. I’m certainly not pro-gun. One thing is for sure with me, though, I do NOT  get this country’s love-affair with the all-mighty gun. I just don’t get it. But it’s become obvious to me that SOMETHING has to change. There have been far too many mass-shootings and horrible gun-related tragedies in our country lately for us to just turn a blind eye to the issue. And it sure seems like we can’t even come together and have a discussion about it.

I don’t know what the answer is. I’m just some middle-aged guy in an average city just trying to do what I do to survive in this world and take care of my family. I don’t have any kind of deep insight as to what the answer is. All I know is that there are statistics to be had that do not lie. Compared to other affluent countries on this planet we are leading the race in gun violence. Frankly a race I would be happy to finish last in. And what is different about those countries? MUCH stricter gun laws.

A Recent announcement by the NRA advocates putting even MORE weapons out there. I tend to think this is a bad idea. We want LESS bullets flying around our society, not more. And if the advocates think that more guns in the hands of the general populous is a good idea, I really have to disagree. “People” aren’t able to drive their cars properly. How are we to expect “people” to handle a gun properly in an intense situation like we’ve had lately. It’s my belief that there would have been MORE casualties as a result.

Look, I don’t propose a ban by any stretch. But I also don’t think that regular civilians have any reason to have high-capacity, rapid shooting assault rifles either. I also think that psychiatric screenings would be a VERY good idea before one can get a weapon.

Do I think those things will prevent the awful events we’ve seen lately? Not really. I try to be realistic in these situations. A deranged person is most likely going to find a way to do the evil he or she’s been contemplating. However, I really think we need to have serious discussions on how to start moving in the right direction. Right now each side is just digging their heals in deeper, and as always, we will get nowhere.

Can we at least talk about it? Probably not, but it was a nice thought anyway.

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  1. January 17, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Can we talk about it? Alas, when people take up deep subjects like this we end up with the kind of performance you can see here:

    I watched that earlier today and I actually found some of the guest’s points thought-provoking. Unfortunately, they were delivered in the kind of frenzy I’ve come to associate with American political discourse. It was hard to remain objective.

    As a Canadian living in the USA, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s too much emotion for sedately “talking about it” because there’s too much fundamental belief at stake. That is to say, I don’t think the underlying problem is even ABOUT guns. Guns are simply a symptom of the disease.

    I think the answer will be found only when Americans really take a searching look at the reason why people want guns and use them so frequently. They may discover that some of their most cherished assumptions have become suspect.

  1. December 21, 2012 at 7:30 pm

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