The Sandy Hook shooting is still fresh in my mind. As a parent I
cannot begin to image the unspeakable horror that happened last Friday.
Here is the deal. The media and government has made this another
argument for gun control. The media has called the AR an assault
rifle. If it is an assault rifle then my 60 year old Stevens model 87
must be one too. It holds 10 or 12 rounds in the tube. You have seen
the news; "the same gun used by the army". The argument here is not
whether it is an assault rifle or large capacity magazines the
argument is gun control.
Look, obama got re-elected on a platform of taxing the rich. So, how
hard will it be for the government to pass some kind of restrictive
gun legislation? The media is having a field day with this.
Looking at what we know about Sandy Hook, Lanza didn't own guns, he
didn't buy them at a gun show so tightening up "loop holes" wouldn't
have mattered in his case. However, the media paints all of us with
the same brush.
Would you agree gun violence is a problem in America? What is the
answer here? Some say ban all guns. Hasn't that horse left the
barn? Aren't there about 100 million guns owned in the US? If my
internet data is correct, 38 children have been killed in school
shootings in the last decade. On average that is 4 per year. There
are 50 million children in the public school system. So, that is 1 in
12 million. I'm guessing more kids are killed riding bikes or
traveling with parents in auto accidents. Kids are safer in school
than they ever have.
However, when you have lots of kids like Sandy Hook or the
Pennsylvania amish school shooting several years ago it is truly
awful. Somehow we, society, needs to figure out how to identify these
idiot knuckleheads that have a hard time being good citizens to get
help or put them somewhere they can't hurt others.
Here is where my head is: we are one supreme court justice away from
losing our gun rights in one form or another. We, you and me, have to
be part of the solution. We know Freedom is not Free. We know,
Freedom of Speech does not mean you can say just anything. We must be
accountable for maintaining our liberties. All of them. Owning a gun
is a huge responsibility.
I am asking you for feedback. How can we enter into a dialogue to
stop this craziness. I have been a member of the NRA a long time.
All I get from those guys is requests for money. Granted they have
helped with influencing legislation. Where are they when it comes to
solving the problem? Absent our engaging in solution making, we will
loose our gun rights. If we re-elected a president on taxing the
rich, how hard will it be for the government, media and the 49% of
"Takers" to legislate our gun rights?
If we are not proactive in participating in the solution, offering
ideas, showing some initiative, anything, we will lose.
Let us hear from you, your ideas how we might help the government,
supreme court, media and the country know we are responsible citizens
and understand we must demonstrate owning a gun is not a bad thing.
We must show we are responsible. We must defend our 2nd amendment.
We can't sit back and do nothing.