Guns in general are a hot topic right now but that is not why I’m writing a blog about them. Talking about the idea of whether we should own or carry a gun is not very popular within my circle of friends. Most are afraid of the topic. It is this knee jerk reaction to an open conversation that not only keeps their ideas from being shared but also feeds the pro-gun folks with rhetoric. Most pro-gun people are more than happy to talk about why they feel we should all own or carry a weapon. Anti-gun people are in no way able to combat the massive amount of pro-gun money and rhetoric that is going into convincing Americans that they need to own and carry guns to protect themselves. The NRA is one of the largest and most funded lobbyist groups that is working today. Compare that to anything that the anti-gun people have available.
I have been anti-gun and anti-violence most of my adult life but I can’t ignore the hypocrisy that surrounds my stance. First of all I eat meat as most of us do. In order to support the eating of animals we all want to ignore the killing floor where thousands of animals are very violently slaughtered everyday. We are all willing to have our fellow Americans kill for us. The police, the armed services and the national guard are but a few ways of protecting ourselves that we can support. Yet we somehow think that taking the personal, face to face responsibility for our own protection is some kind of evil. When it comes to killing human beings we are one of the most efficient and prolific countries in the world. We dominate the world due to our ability to kill more fellow beings than anyone else. We cannot buy makeup to hide this ugliness. Since our beginnings as a country we have been in a constant stage of armed conflict only dotted by relative peace. Go to a local parade which is usually led by a group carrying weapons. Most of our heroes carried guns. We honor the men and women who carried guns, risking their lives for those of us at home. There is a lot that we seriously need to take into consideration when we think about whether to own and or carry a gun.