Friday, January 6, 2017
Ft. Lauderdale Shooting and How to Heal the Divisiveness
The loss of life in Ft. Lauderdale is yet another national tragedy. We will learn much more about this in the weeks to come.
I kid you not, I've already heard people discussing the Ft. Lauderdale shooting as a reason to end gun free zones.
So, more guns in the hands of civilians at airports is the answer? The logic seems stunningly lacking considering all the arms by security professionals at airports.
Airports are known to be such a highly secure area and yet numerous civilians were injured and killed today.
We as a nation must have the calm sense to consider these issues with both logic and data, because the emotional and guttural accusatory approach these Second Amendment issues tend to be discussed by politicians, pundits, and people, both in public and on social media, often yields no beneficial results for anyone but the gun industry and incumbent politicians.
Rational, reasonable Americans have every right to their guns. All Americans have every right to living as safe and secure a life as possible. This does not need to include infringing on those Second Amendment rights. The two are not mutually exclusive.
Just as with all of the other divisive political and cultural issues that we face as a people, we must find more inclusive ways of discussing them with one another without believing others are the enemy.
It’s this ‘us versus them’ mentality that is dividing our country. It’s not President Obama, President Bush, or President-Elect Trump to blame. It is all of US in America that are responsible for the divisions.
We can do better. We must do better. It matters more who WE are, not who our President is. It matters what WE do, not what our Party is. It matters that WE participate, not that our Candidate wins.
We will do better. It’s just a matter of when. Why not now?
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