Many of our countrymen believe that we should have the right to bear arms. It one of the freedoms that that our country has always embraced and is a sacred freedom to them. I never have and never will allow a gun into my home. People have argued about guns for decades. Little has changed. I get it. We had to fight for our freedom and don't want to let anyone dominate us. I get it but I still don't like guns.
Many believe that we should have the freedom to bear arms to protect our homes and families. That makes sense but, unfortunately, having guns in a home often leads to tragedy. I am sure one could find the statistics to support any argument we could have on that subject.
I am 61 years old and have watched the shootings and horrors, year after year, that unfolded related to shootings. One of the first i really recall is the assassination of JFK in Dallas. I was in 7th grade when the news got to us. I remember sitting in front of our tv and watching all of the coverage.
Ours is and will probably always be a violent society. That is the way people all over the world view us. They hear about one shooting after another. They see us take up arms against one country after another. I am all for protecting our own and fighting for what is ours, when need be, but violence and guns should be the last resort.
If I rail against the violent video games that our youth play many will just think I am old and out of touch. I don't think these games make most people do violent things but there is a mindset of violence that seems to permeate our society. It is one that I cannot embrace. I enjoy too get caught up in war movies and enjoy the special effects but that doesn't mean I should have an assault rifle in my closet.
It breaks my heart every time I pick up the paper and someone has been shot. I think we see and hear about so much violence that we begin to become desensitized about it. Just the other day I was watching the news and they showed a video taken of a young man shooting into a train after having a discussion about a sporting event. It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. I guess having a gun empowers some. I cannot understand having one define who I am
I am especially concerned about the automatic and semi-automatic weapons that people can purchase. Personally I cannot imagine a strong argument for allowing people to purchase these weapons. My wife and I were out Friday and did not hear about the shooting in Newtown, CT. until late that night. We had just gotten past the shootings at the movie, Batman, Dark Knight. A f ew days ago it was a shooting at a mall in Oregon. As a parent, it breaks my heart to see such tragedy. I cannot imagine the horror of having your child taken from you in any fashion much less a shooting in a school where they should be safe. I usually do not watch much of the news coverage of these shootings. I can not take listening to all of the heart-wrenching stories of the lives cut short. For some reason I sat and watched the coverage and heard President Obama speak. I don't ever want to do that again.
How many more must die before we, as a nation, can have a meaningful conversation about preventing more of this bloodshed? We are a divided nation right now. I think that is dangerous. We have to find a way to come together and learn to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again.