Another tragic mass shooting. So much grief.
All that keeps running through my head are the faces of the children and caring adults who died in Parkland. I do not understand how anyone can see this and not waver from their hard-line position of hands-off, free-for-all, damn-the-torpedoes-full-speed-ahead, jumping-off-the-cliff lemming approach to every kind of firearm for everyone.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a gun owner. I’ve lived in several rural settings. Police are too far away to arrive in time to help if something threatening occurs, not to mention things like poisonous snakes, raccoons attacking my dog, and skunks under the porch. But I do not own AR-15’s and AK-47’s.
Social change comes slowly. Most every effort makes a difference. It doesn’t happen fast enough to suit us. But anything really good is seldom got in a hurry. I’m not advocating patience. We’ve been patient for a long time. I’m saying, do not quit simply because it’s hard, or that it takes a long time, or that you face fierce opposition. Do not stop. Keep going.
This does not have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. Moderation in all things. Even guns.
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.” — John Wesley
Interested in how social media promotes negative discourse and inflames already horrific circumstances? Read this: https://www.recode.net/2018/2/20/17034386/parkland-florida-mass-shooting-ugly-side-social-media-facebook-twitter-stoneman-douglas-high-school
Interested in how many Americans own guns, how many they own? Several other fascinating facts about guns in America are in this article: http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/a-minority-of-americans-owns-most-of-the-guns-and-drives-gun-agenda-studies-show