Any time I hear a pro-gun person whining about how “they’re going to take away our guns” whenever something like Aurora or Columbine happens, two thoughts go through my head:
First, instead of worrying about the Second Amendment right away, maybe you should take 5 minutes to reflect on what the victims and their families have lost. Your gun isn’t going anywhere — if it was, it would have been gone after Columbine. So can we dispense with the hand-wringing? Please?
Secondly, maybe it’s time to help become part of the solution? You guys in the pro-gun culture are more exposed to it that those of us who, like me, don’t care about the subject, or those who are vehemently anti-gun. Clearly the answer isn’t more guns — there’s plenty of them out there — and likewise, the answer isn’t fewer guns, because that clearly isn’t going to fly, either. So…why aren’t we having a talk about how we can reduce gun violence as a whole? Do we need better mental health care in this country? Do we need to re-examine the culture of fear that seems to have been building for some time now? What? For god’s sake, tell us.
There’s the challenge to my pro-gun readers: if you were tasked with solving gun violence, but you can’t take the tack of “arm everyone”…how would you do it?