I don’t normally start out like this, but since I recently had a very unpleasant experience I have decided for this blog entry I would add the following disclaimer.
Disclaimer: We all come from different walks of life and we all have our different views on things. But if we can just take a moment to listen to the “opposing side” and truly listen to them, we might get further in our own path when we understand where the other side is coming from. Different opinions are what makes the world go around. We don’t have to agree with them, but we should respect them.
I grew up in a conservative home. My father hunted. He literally put food on the table. He still does. With that being said it’s quite apparent that he owns a gun. As a child, teenager, adult, I never saw the guns just lying about. My father when he had to clean it would be downstairs out of sight. To this day I still do not know how to get into his locker where he keeps them. My father was and still is the epitome of responsibility. He understands the awesome power and responsibility that comes with owning a gun. If all gun owners were like my father the epidemic that is running rapid in our nation would not exist.
Unfortunately, not all people are as responsible. Not all people obtain their guns in a legal way. Not all people understand the sheer magnitude of what owning a gun means.
I support the Second Amendment. I believe that those who are capable, law abiding citizens, if they so chose should be able to own a gun. However, I do believe we need stricter laws in gun control. I have been ridiculed in the past saying that if I believe this way then I do not support the Second Amendment. I am not sure when it happened, but our nation has become an all or nothing nation. If you are liberal you have to be 100% liberal with no wavering conservative views. If you do, you are a traitor. If you are conservative, but you don’t believe in the death penalty, you are an idiot and discounted as a conservative. Just because you support something does not mean that you don’t see the possibility for change. I support the Second Amendment, but it needs to be revised.
Our forefathers when they wrote the Constitution wrote it based on the world they knew at the time. Schools, churches, movie theaters (didn’t even exist) had never been shot up. Slavery was not illegal. Mind you the thirteenth amendment (Abolishes slavery) did not occur until 1865. Yet when the conversation comes up in regards to gun control somehow all extremes come out to play and the life that has already been taken from our world no longer matters.
A month ago I was at a holiday party at a friend’s house with my husband. The host said to me in conversation regarding this, “If Newtown did not change anything, nothing will.” At the time I nodded my head and agreed with him. However, in the past several weeks that statement has echoed in my head. If killing 20 children at the mere age of 6 and 7 and 6 adults did not get our nation to do anything, nothing will. At this point we are all guilty. We all have blood on our hands. Each and every shooting that occurs in which we made no attempt to change it, is our fault too.
I am not ignorant in thinking that if we pass some stricter gun laws our problems would be solved and there would be no more shootings. Of course there would still be the outliers. Just like there are outliers in other illegal activity. We have laws against stealing, many of us have home security, but that doesn’t stop some to attempt robbery. But it does deter many.
Recently legislation has been placed to undo “No Child Left Behind”. It was an education debacle for the simple fact that not every child is the same. Not every child learns the same way, will achieve the same heights, and go the same path. In a similar regard not every person is emotionally and mentally capable of pulling a trigger. I am not even touching those who are mentally or emotionally impaired. I am talking about the average Joe or me, who in the moment of crisis would not effectively be able to load, point, or shoot a gun. It’s just not in me to do. However, somehow the answer to this gun epidemic, is guns for everyone. This mentality of a one size fits all, lays the burden on the innocent while the criminals can have their free for all.
My son will start Kindergarten in the fall. I have many mixed emotions about this. I am excited, happy, sad (where did my baby go?). I have one more emotion that I have yet to express to anyone. Not even my husband. Fear. I am not so naive to think that where I live in rural suburbia the possibility of a school shooting could never happen. And although I do not let this fear run my life it has quietly crept into my thoughts and dreams when I have a least expected it. It’s funny (not really) my parents would have never dreamed to have that kind of worry when I went to school. And yet somehow we have accepted the fact that our kindergartens not only should learn fire drills, but also lock down drills in case of a shooting. We have accepted this. We have changed our lives because of this, and yet we refuse to change our laws.
You might not agree with me. You might not like my opinion. I am not asking you to. But the next time you hear about the latest shooting (because it will happen again) ask yourself this, in what other problematic issue out there today; the solution is to add more fuel to the fire?
“Out, damned spot! Out, I say!—One, two. Why, then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky!—Fie, my lord, fie! A soldier, and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our power to account?—Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him” Lady MacBeth ~MacBeth