I have intentionally not written too much about politics and my views thereof on here. Mostly because they don’t really have anything to do with infertility, pregnancy loss or parenting on a daily basis. But, also, I tend to fall outside of the two major schools of thought when it comes to things political and often find myself disconnected from others when it comes to political topics.
That said… in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting doesn’t it seem like the gun control conversation is insanely polarized?
Literally, my Facebook feed is full of the following posts (yes, these are direct quotes, not my witty paraphrases) and dozens more of the same ilk:
– Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
– Guns are bad.
– Can we talk about gun control, yet?
– Really? We’re blaming the guns, not the nut job pulling the trigger?
– The second amendment has killed enough people.
Ya’ll, this scares me. It doesn’t scare me that people have differing points of view, or that there is a major discussion happening after a tragic event. It scares me that the conversation following each of these posts are friends blasting each other for having different opinions. It scares me that the arguments people are making are things like “The gub’mint gun go take our guns away, Bubba” (sarcastically, to a FRIEND who happens to just not believe all guns are evil) and “Oh, I see, we’ll make more laws, because criminals do such a good job following those!” (again, sarcasm directed at a FRIEND who just happens to have a different opinion). It scares me that the only two things I hear are: “We need more guns” and “We need no guns.” It scares me that as a people we seem incapable of moderation.
I own guns. After having my house broken into and waiting 15 minutes for a cop to show up when I told the 911 operator “He’s still in my house and I have four scared children in the car with me,” I’m glad that I have the ability to protect my family should the need arise. We are responsible with our weapons. They are kept where the children cannot get to them and, except for the emergency use one (that I sincerely hope I never have to use), they are kept behind a lock. But, the point remains, I own guns for personal protection. I do not think guns are bad. I also do not think guns are good.
The fact is, I don’t really know what I think. I think it’s time to evaluate facts, look at what other countries are doing and how that’s working out for them. I think it’s time to examine the meaning behind the second amendment and potentially make changes IF deemed necessary. I think it’s time to determine how mental health care availability factors into this equation. I think it’s time to go on an OBJECTIVE fact finding mission and work together to come up with a plan for the future. I think this fact finding mission should not be funded or conducted by groups who stand to be financially affected by the results.
I know none of us wants another horrendous shooting like the ones that have become all too common to occur. But, can anyone truly believe that the answer is a oversimplified, one sentence Facebook status? If so, I am terrified for the future of this world.