The United States has a gun problem. No one is really contesting that–not even the gun enthusiasts, considering their frequent refrain that they need lots of guns to protect themselves from all the guns.
Our larger problem, however, might be our inability to have a mature, productive conversation about gun control and regulation–meaning both sides listening to one another, and trying to draw a compromise.
Yes, I said both sides, because both sides are the problem. That said, only one side is arguing in favor of more guns and more people getting shot. That side also happens to be the one winning.
The only way we’re going to come to a solution is to stop labeling each other, stop scrutinizing the proper use of every term, and stop branding every proposal as “tyranny.”
I’m not anti-gun. I do believe in the right to bear arms, and I believe people should have the right to own firearms. But unless we can agree to some reasonable form of restriction and limitation, we’re going to keep seeing innocent children shot.
That would seem to be motiv
Yes, in fact, the Ku Klux Klan, a domestic terrorist organization, has announced they will now be the neighborhood watch in Fairview Township, in central Pennsylvania. One has to assume they saw what George Zimmerman experienced and got jealous.
The Klan has also stepped up recruitment efforts nationwide, just another reminder that we now live in post-racial America and, as 5 out of 9 Supreme Court Justices have informed us, racism is over.
Context: That first sign is an actual slogan*.
On Friday, Texas Republican Congressman Steve Stockman tweeted the latest slogan in his reelection campaign: “If Babies Had Guns, They Wouldn’t Be Aborted.” Yes, really. Maybe he was inspired by recent headlines from Pakistan?
I’m sure the unborn are excited to discover their newest opportunity to serve as political rhetoric. Almost as excited as they must be about Steve Stockman’s obviously viable new “pro-life” strategy.
*Paraphrased very slightly.