We are not living in simple times anymore. These complex times require complex thinking. We are being challenged, as a society, to think about new solutions to problems unique because of the advances humans have made in the last 200 years.
Because of the speed with which we are advancing and because of the interconnectedness of the consequences of our actions, both unique to modern times, we cannot indulge anymore in a “who is right” discussion; more often than not, the solution lies in one of the many shades of grey between the extremes of black and white.
School Shooting Are Not Part of the Life We Want, Gun-Lover or Not
When it comes to school shootings, I’m pretty sure that no one would say that they are an acceptable part of our lives. School shootings, and mass shootings in general, should be eradicated.
For some reason that I don’t understand, there is a pretty large contingent of people who are convinced that they need guns in their lives. Convincing them to let go of their guns has not yet worked—and I have a feeling that it won’t, at least, not for a very long time.
And, in the meanwhile, there are children dying from shootings in their schools.
Passions run high and we want immediate results; we think that by continuing to fight to eliminate guns, we can achieve success immediately. But we have been proven wrong, time and again. There are forces involve in this discussion that are much more powerful than we realise. Do we continue down the same road, or do we try something new?
Because not only children are dying, but countless others are traumatized for life.
Balancing Out the Right to Live with the Right to Own a Gun
Gun lovers want the right to own guns. And I would like to think that we can, in 2018, figure out a way for someone who wants to carry a gun to be able to do so; we should be able to, in 2018, figure out how we can coexist despite our different life choices.
Currently, the way things are, the gun owners right to carry guns has created a situation in which someone can carry out a mass shooting, potentially killing one of our children, one of our family members, one of our friends—or even, one of us. Surely gun owners don’t wish for this to happen to them, either.
So maybe the question shouldn’t be whose right is more important, but rather, how can we protect our children while giving people who can handle it (i.e. won’t lose their guns to someone who will go shoot up a school, or won’t shoot up a school themselves) the ability to have a gun?
I think that protecting our children is most important, but I don’t think that means that people can’t do what they want. But gun owners need to step up and take into account the reality that guns are killing our children. There has got to be a middle ground.
The Experience of Cigarettes and Second-Hand Smoke
There are precedents; smokers are asked not to smoke in places where they put others in danger. Yes, smokers are much more uncomfortable now than before because they can’t just smoke up everywhere, but I’m sure that a fair-minded smoker light up their cigarette with a lighter (ha) conscience knowing that no one is going to get sick from the second-hand smoke.
Is it that far-fetched to believe that we can figure out something similar for guns?