My condolence goes out to the Parkland, Florida families of the Douglas Stoneman High School shooting victims who lost their lives. In my opinion, the dreadful nightmare of outliving an offspring is a pain that no parent should ever bear. As a parent myself, such agony is unimaginable and just the thought brings me to tears. This tragedy has definitely gained international attention, and it is no wonder we cannot turn on our televisions without being inundated with media coverage of this story and its political implications.
In the words of TV persona and “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, “Yes, it fucking is [time to talk about gun control.]”
There is certainly no shortage of public opinion on this debate, regardless of political affiliation. As well, it is incredibly refreshing to see today’s youth being so articulate and passionate about the matter. One should commend them for joining together and becoming politically involved. It absolutely gives me hope for the American future. With that being said, I wish I could say that there are great arguing points from all sides of the political spectrum, but unfortunately, I keep hearing the same old rhetoric on the topic.
Furthermore, as a resident of the United States, I find it extremely embarrassing for our President to be so ignorant on the subject and make such foolish comments. Now, I am not one of those “jump on the bandwagon” and hate Donald Trump type of people. I don’t like or dislike him just as much as I didn’t like or dislike Barrack Obama. To be honest, I personally believe that the President of the United States has as much political control and decision making power over American affairs as Miss America does. It is my belief that the whole electoral system is nothing more than an elaborate popularity contest to give us, the American people, the illusion of a democracy, but that is a whole different subject for another time. But really, who in their right mind thinks it is a good idea for school teachers to carry concealed firearms? That is an unequivocally asinine statement and that is just one of many.
I hear such statements as the youth of society should not be silenced and their opinions are certainly valid. I would also agree they are smart enough to make informed decisions based on critical thinking; however, I think what we all are forgetting is how easily people, more specifically adolescents, become susceptible to influence. For this very reason we advocate censoring our children from violent or sexually explicit material- it is safe to say we want to avoid our children from being negatively influenced. This is so, especially when the media and our politicians keep trying to exploit this recent tragedy, to further their agenda, by using the American people to make haste decisions while still being emotionally involved and letting our passion cloud our reasoning.
Let us not forget the words of ancient Greek historian and moral political analyst, Thucydides, “I think the two things most opposed to good counsel are haste and passion; haste usually goes hand in hand with folly, passion with coarseness and narrowness of mind.”
Before you jump to conclusions, let me clarify that I am “pro-gun control,” I don’t own a gun and I am in favor of regulating gun ownership and reform gun policies. I am not however, opposed to gun ownership, and respect the rights of others to bear arms. To be honest, I do enjoy shooting and as a matter of fact, occasionally do go to the shooting range to practice the second amendment right. But personally, I don’t own a gun mostly because I don’t feel it safe to keep around the house with small children and due to my combat skills, I don’t find it necessary to own a gun to keep my family safe and well protected- I do advocate martial arts and self-defense but that is a different subject for another time.
What I am most certainly NOT is in favor of government and the elite, the select few to revoke our right to gun ownership while maintaining the privilege of selecting those who get to exercise their right to bare arms. In an ideal world, I would prefer we not need to own guns to protect ourselves, and if we really cared about the safety of our children, I would suggest we ban fire weapons altogether, but if, and only if, the government would completely disband and do away with the U.S. military and also, remove the guns from the U.S. Police Force. Then and only under those circumstances could we truly be in a state of peace and deem it a moral responsibility for U.S. citizen to unarm themselves.
Seriously, I find it frustrating that our elected officials’ suggestions to gun control only include banning assault rifles, bump stocks and stricter background checks. In my opinion, this is as ridiculous as believing a Band-Aid will alleviate a shotgun wound. I do agree that increasing the minimum age to 21 to purchase a firearm is a good start because I don’t believe that an 18-year-old is responsible enough to handle a deadly weapon, but if you believe this to be true then why the fuck, as a society, do we allow our children to enlist in the arm forces and be exploited by the military-industrial complex? There is no room in this society for such hypocritical thinking.
Furthermore, the idea that banning assault rifles and bump stocks will keep our children safe at school falls short of a realistic solution. A perpetrator with evil intentions need only to walk-in to a store and pick from a multitude of handguns and accessorize with multiple loaded clips to execute a deadly mass shooting at any American public school. And realistically, stricter background checks only detours if a person already has a recorded history of mental health issues, criminal record or affiliation with extremist organizations.
We need to have a serious conversation about the state of our nation and actually create feasible solutions to America’s gun problem. Following in the steps of many successful countries, such as Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand where the police do not carry firearms, or countries such as Costa Rica and Samoa where the nations do not have a military, are possibilities we should be open to. These options would open up dialogue that, I believe, would increase the possibility of a willfulness nationwide ban on firearms. But without equality from all parties, including the government, we shall not have the consideration of giving up our second amendment right. Need I remind us of the words of one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
To summarize, I would be open and preferably want our country to completely do away with firearms altogether, but I believe that everyone, including the government and their appointed officials, should be held subject to such a ban. I cannot stress the dangers of banning guns from the people while the government is left unchecked and unbalanced.
Let the words of Thomas Paine be the voice of reasoning “It is the duty of the patriot to protect its country from its government,” for Thomas Jefferson warned us of the dangers of government- “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”
So excuse me if I don’t follow suit and go along with what the mainstream narrative wants me to do, but I find that there are better ways to protect our children. In the end, pardon my language but if our government really gave a fuck about the safety of our children at school, they would really bring up the issues that are plaguing our nation.