This is the first and more than likely the last time I will dive into politics with this blog. I typically steer clear of any political discourse with most things I do, I have my opinions and my affiliations, but I find that any discussion I get into regarding politics, is not productive. However, we must have an open and honest discussion into the debate on guns.
This is not an attack on the second amendment, this is not an attack on the NRA, and its not an attack on your rights to own a gun(s). But as a strong, devout Christian, I struggle with the idea of owning guns for the sake of owning guns. They are weapons and tools that allow someone the potential to take another life. Now, considering the constitution, specifically our 2nd amendment rights, I do believe each American Citizen has the right to own a gun, and even defend themselves with said gun, should the opportunity arise. I don’t agree with a total confiscation of all guns from American Citizens, as some are demanding.
It’s unfortunate and sickening what happened this week in Las Vegas, my heart breaks as I read the stories of the 58 innocent people who lost their lives in this senseless tragedy. Like most Americans, I’m horrified, as I watch the media footage of this carnage, hearing the rapid gun fire, seemingly from out of nowhere, as the concert goers try desperately to get away. I’m equally appalled at the lack of answers, I’m scouring the news, hoping to make some kind of sense of why this happened. I will be the first to admit, when I woke up Monday morning and saw the news of the shooting, that my own prejudices kicked in. Great! Another mass shooting, more than likely a crazy lone wolf Islamic terrorist. I couldn’t have been more wrong, this shooter, obviously mentally disturbed, was one of us, an American citizen.
There are no easy answers on gun control, there will always be a side that is not happy with whatever law is passed. Whether it be, universal background checks or less restrictions; there will be a side that feels alienated and left out. Granted, bump stock, like the shooter had installed on his weapon, should be outlawed. Just because a certain law is passed does not mean that we will see an end to the horrific violence that we saw in Las Vegas, in fact the statistics prove otherwise. More people were killed in the violence in Nice, France than Las Vegas, no guns involved. Instead, we saw a deranged lunatic mow over a crowd of people with a box truck. And let’s not forget that the terrorists on 9/11 committed mass murder with commercial airlines. Should we ban all vehicles? Continue reading “They are going to take my guns away!”