Your correspondent attended an economics conference where Dr. Henry Kissenger spoke. He was asked about the difference between Russia and China from a policymaking view. He said that China was making the transition from obtaining what they want through military policy to using economic means instead. Russia, he pointed out, had not made that transition. In the years since, we can see how true this is.
In the recent shooting, it’s been revealed that the mother of the mass murderer was quite the gun advocate, and bragged about her arsenal. Your correspondent has been considering the problem of the right to bear arms enshrined in the Constitution for some time, never at peace with it.
But we see now that many Americans are still living in a past that never really existed: the Wild West. There is a minority of citizens who see themselves as persecuted, in danger of assault or robbery, and rather than live as civilized people they stockpile arms. The most extreme prepare for Armageddon, but others are simply powderkegs who sometimes explode and take vengeance on society for wrongs that never existed. Listening only to those like them, or those they love to hate, they attempt to return us to a savage time that they see as better, mostly due to their ignorance and need for a purpose in life, and hate gives them a sense of purpose.
There is no reason for this. The NRA and others who advocate gun ownership need to communicate this to their members and become a voice of reason. We are not in the Wild West. To have this bunker mentality, this belief that guns protect us, makes no sense.
The number of self-defense shootings is negligible compared to the number of violent crimes and murders. This has been consistent for decades. Why are we not paying attention?
Leave playing cowboy to Hollywood. Gun owners are more likely to kill themselves or someone they know than to defend themselves. Yes, there is some deterrent to having a gun visible (open carry), but the price to the rest of us for personal feelings of security for a few is too high. So is the price of getting to play cowboy or Dirty Harry.
It’s time to do something. Republicans, now is your time to shine. Show leadership and begin showing the country that we are a civilized country, not a bunch of children playing with dangerous toys. Shame on the Republican party if they do nothing. Democrats, shame on you if you don’t cooperate on this. You’ve been all talk and no action for too long. Both parties ought to agree on some basic first steps. We aren’t ready for an Amendment yet, but there is simply no reason to avoid taking this on now. Politicians, act in our best interest for once.