This morning, while I sat back enjoying my coffee with my winter view, I watched “Face the Nation”. There were students from Parkland High School, who were in the school during the mass shooting, voicing their opinions about gun control. These students have something legitimate to say! I can’t imagine being one of the students in the school during the shooting. Now keep an open mind, no matter what side of the debate you are on, because the country is now demanding action, instead of thoughts and prayers. (Note to self… there is already some hokey information going around on social media about how many mass shootings have happened this year so far…)
- While you have a right to guns, they do have a right to live… the pursuit of happiness, so the story goes!
- They are not out to disarm the country, they just want tighter restrictions on assault weapons. (Can you bear hunt with an AR15??? Is it necessary???) One of the student’s speaking has a father who is a police officer, and owns guns. Personally, I know a lot of sport hunters, who might find hunting with an AR15 rather unsportsmanlike. Not to mention, the next sweet little deer that tries to munch down my freshly planted garden this spring may find themselves in a frying pan next fall during hunting season, without much argument from me.
- Some politicians say that more gun control laws won’t help… How do they know this if they don’t investigate the options further? Yes, there is a black market on guns… that’s an illegal black market. There are laws for that which need to be enforced. Criminals will always be able to get guns… But is that just a bad excuse to sit by and do nothing?
- Nikolas Cruz has been on the FBI’s radar long before the shootings. He was even expelled from Parkland High School. He legally purchased the AR15 with no problems. What’s going on with that?
- The family Cruz lived with kept their guns and ammunition under lock and key. He apparently was sneaky enough to keep his own key to get access to the AR15 without their family’s knowledge. He put their lives, and their children’s lives in danger… all because they were good hearted enough to step up and help him. His mother had passed away of pneumonia the prior year. Where was the rest of his real family? I feel like something was missed in his upbringing. Sorry, but it had to be said. Did someone fail him along the way in his childhood?
- If I owned an AR15 for personal protection… kept it loaded next to my bed at night, and someone broke into my house, I’d hate to think that my dog might get hit. I think I would opt for a hand gun, or maybe even a tazer. (I guess now you will think twice before breaking into my house while I’m asleep!) If I did choose an AR15 or something similar, no matter if it looked like a hunting rifle or an assault rifle, I would expect to go through extensive training and background checks to obtain and use it.
Those are valid points I came up with while listening to these students. I’m trying to keep an open mind here, and I would like to open this up for debate (with real solutions, not name calling or arguing).
Let’s try to come up with some real solutions and encourage our country to combat such tragic events.
Please feel free to join in on the comments, but have a valid argument, and don’t be a name caller. This isn’t about “snowflakes or rednecks”… its about human lives, family values, mental health care, and access to automatic assault weapons. No one really wants “The Terminator” to come in and open fire anywhere.
In closing… imagine if this happened in your local schools where it involved your children, and their close friends, and families. It can happen, and it has happened. We need to step it up and stop ignoring signs that are right there in front of us.
Thanks for keeping an open mind.
Your favorite confused moderate conservative!