This is my third and last blog on gun control. If you read my last two blogs (one tongue in cheek, the other wishful thinking), it should be apparent that I don’t really have an answer to fixing this, nor does anybody else. That being said, I do have a few serious thoughts on the issue….
There are several (maybe all) issues that we as a society will never agree on. Abortion, gay marriage, taxes, drugs, guns, and so on. What it really boils down to, and what we are constantly struggling to negotiate, is how much freedom we should all be allowed to have. We all want freedom in the things that we believe to be good or OK for us, and we all want to restrict the freedoms for the things that we personally believe are wrong or bad for us. Personally, I don’t like or own guns. I also don’t eat meat or like the idea of hunting or even corporate run cattle farms. I don’t like animals being exploited in rodeos, circuses, or zoos. But I also understand that much of the world does not share my values and to a degree, that is just something I have to live with. It doesn’t mean I can’t speak out or try to get others to understand my point of view, but the fact is the world is never going to universally adhere to my values….or to anybody else’s.
I believe in women’s rights but that doesn’t mean I believe in abortions during the eighth month of pregnancy. I believe in freedom of speech but that doesn’t mean we can yell fire in a crowded theatre. I believe in capitalism and free markets but subsidizing big business with tax payer dollars and allowing any business to be too big to fail, to me is not capitalism. And I believe in the right to bear arms, but not any and all arms. My point is, all things in moderation. But my larger point is this: we have to allow others the freedom to do what they want to do as long as it does not hurt anybody else, even when we do not subscribe to their values.
Gun owners, especially those who do not want any further legislation regarding their right to own and carry weapons, need to realize that we all have issues that we believe are our God given rights that we do not want government to infringe on, as well as issues that we believe government needs to enact more laws on for better protection, be it animals, the environment, or whatever. Maybe we all need to listen to each other a little bit better.