One of the destroying lies of bi-partisan politics in our country is that both sides believe if they give in a little, the other side will keep pushing for further change. This stand is the reason that both sides of the isle have become more diligent and far winged and unwilling to negotiate.
Regardless of the topic, we see these battles rage: The pro abortion supporters won’t accept any reasonable controls based on protecting “women’s rights” while the pro life side wants all abortions illegal even fighting against birth control.
Euthanasia, government spending, etc, etc, etc. and yes, gun control. Don’t give an inch, THEY will take a foot and then a yard. Throw out all logical civil conversations because we can’t give up our rights. We live in fear of the other side taking our freedoms.
I am not for big government. I don’t want more government control. I don’t want more of my information entered into a data base that can screen me and follow me. But . . . life and cultures change. Technology changes. When I was a child there were not seat belts in cars. It took decades of fighting to get good seat belts because the car companies said they would cost too much. Smoking was permitted everywhere – in 1974 I woke up from surgery and people were smoking in my hospital room! Building codes, bicycle helmets, technology: everything around us is changing everyday and we need to be open to discussions on how are lives can be improved.
Gun control. Two sides. No one wants to give an inch. Both sides are angry and defensive.
Substantial gun limitation will not happen in America. We will never be Great Britain and I don’t think we should try. We will never stop everyone from smoking or drinking alcohol but we can make improvements to managing their use. Those social battles have been long hard fights but most people have worked to make reasonable accommodations to the change. Our country learned that prohibition was not the answer. Education and gradual changes with smoking has been much more effective. We can still smoke and drink but with reasonable controls that hopefully help others not suffer from it.
Here are my suggestions for those who want to hear them:
1) Impose fines, legal charges, and penalty against anyone who owns a gun and does not secure it properly and it is used illegally. If you own a gun, it is your responsibility to keep it out of anyone else’s hands. Similar to a bartender that allows a customer to get drunk and then drive, they can be help accountable. Gun owners need to secure their weapons so that no one can get to them or else they suffer the consequences. This would also apply to so called straw purchases of guns.
2) Stop broadcasting the names of shooters. This only celebrates and encourages more mass killings. Why do we celebrate the names of the killers and post their pictures every where? Focus on the victims, not the killers.
3) Similar to car companies fighting safety measures that cost a couple dollars – it’s time for the gun companies, NRA and other gun advocates to accept the challenges to society and step into the conversations to find solutions rather than fighting any legislation. No one is going to outlaw guns in America. No one is going to come in your house and take them away. This is not a conspiracy plot to de-arm Americans. It is an attempt to find solutions to gun violations.