I really didn’t think I’d end up writing a serious post about this.
I might seem like a girl who doesn’t care much about serious matters. Most of my posts are about humor, fiction and Viking-related subjects. But every once in a while, life throws something at me, and can’t rest until I get it out of my mind.
Last summer, I wrote a post on the humor side, about all the “people killing people” going on all around the world. You can catch up here.
Yesterday, as I was scrolling around my Reader, I read a friend’s post about the mass shootings going on in the U.S. and gun control. To be absolutely honest, there was nothing out of the ordinary in that person’s rant. A good post, stating facts and (I think) the overall worldwide opinion of non-U.S. citizens: “Don’t you think this has to stop??”
It isn’t the post that shook me. It’s a message left in the comment box.
Now, I know that a lot of Americans have strong feelings against gun control. But I had never “met” one.
I was shocked.
I don’t know this person personally, but I’ve followed her for long enough to know that she is a very intelligent, talented and sensible woman.
Her strong beliefs about the right to own guns in The States intrigued me. I first wanted to write a message back in my friend’s comment box. But I didn’t want to look like I was confronting her. I then thought about sending a private message, but I was worried about how she’d welcome that too.
I don’t want to debate, I want to understand.
As a Canadian, and knowing that Canada and the U.S. are pretty much like siamese twins, I want to understand why some people so close to us think so differently!
So, I’d like to go over a couple of points mentionned in the comment, and a few questions of my own, and if you are against fire arm control, please leave me your thoughts!
First, this person talked about how many of the mass shootings were hoaxes. Now, I’ve heard of many so-called conspiracies, but this is a first for me. I had never heard about the U.S. medias and/or government “inventing” mass murders. Those would be “faked”? Sandy Hook never happened? I sure would like to read more about that.
Then, she pointed out how she’ll never give up the right to defend herself, if someone came to her house to harm her. And that seems to be a common argument for having fire arms at home. We, Canadians, live just across the boarder… I wonder why we are not affected by this terrible fear of home intrusion? Really, is life so much more dangerous in the States?
Next argument, was that ALL mass shooters were on anti-depressants. Meaning that gun availability is not the issue. But wouldn’t that be a perfect reason to at least restrict gun ownership to people who can be a threat to society?
The last point, I must say, left me speachless. She compared the number of deaths due to mass shootings, to people “murdered” in the medical field, or by drunk drivers… Stating that the two lastest were far worse. Well, first of all, those are not “murders”.
“Murder is the deliberate and illegal killing of a person.” – Collins Dictionary
We do have to work to stop drunk drivers, and there is work to be done to improve medical procedures, but I really don’t think there’s any link with murder here. So basically, we’re comparing apples with oranges. And quite frankly, I hope more people die in hospitals, than shot by another human being!
Other than the companies, and lobbies that make money out of the gun industry, I just don’t understand the reluctance to set certain rules. Everytime the subject comes up, it seems like the point is to ban all fire arms from the country. Isn’t there an in-between, that could help keep guns out the hands of dangerous people?
Again… I don’t want to debate, just to understand. And if you feel like commenting, please stay polite. I know this subject can get some people’s blood boiling, and I’ll erase comments that could be too fiery. My point here, is not to say that this person is wrong. I just don’t understand her point of view. At all.
Now back to our regular program…