I sat around a living room discussing politics with a group of mostly democrats. Each of us was asked about our position on guns and gun control. Most of the discussion group participants said we should better regulate guns. When they got to me I said that we should go the way of Australia and get rid of guns. I was ready to say it out loud. Not long before sitting around that living room a man had opened fire in our small towns community college and killed nine innocent people, several of of them were classmates of my two sons.
Our town was not ready to say it even then, and they may never be. We are a hunting town, a town steeped in the the culture of guns and there is no way WE would even consider limiting our access to our guns. The idea that a good guy with a gun could have made a difference in that shooting, and in any shooting, is part of the argument for keeping our guns.
They said it was too soon after Sandyhook, too soon after UCC, too soon after San Bernadino, and too soon after Pulse… when will we be ready?
To even have that discussion evokes such anger and hatred on the part of those who defend their gun rights. It is a discussion about liberals taking away rights and the ability to defend their own. Last nights events are on the two year anniversary of our towns shooting. There are so many shootings in our country’s history that they will now have to share the same day. We have explained away shooters and our ability to solve this problem because they were mentally disturbed or ideological terrorists, foreigners who came to do us harm… the mass shootings are horrid… in this, America is indeed number one.
You have to have registration to obtain the type of firearm this shooter used in his attack. Super. Registration. We need to be willing to do whatever it takes to end this type of mass murder… and it is not ‘building a wall’ that will help…
What are you willing to do? It is time to take a stand and change how we think about the second amendment. Are you ready to give up your guns? It is time.