A lot of people are all cranked up about gun control again. To me, this is yet another refusal to take responsibility for our own actions and outcomes. Eliminating guns wouldn’t fix the problem.
If it wasn’t a gun it would be aknife or a bomb. Or a car or a plane. The real problem is we can’t look at ourselves. As a result, we have no slightest hope of solving the problem of gun violence.
But if the gun isn’t the problem, then who or what IS?
Who holds the gun, the bomb, etc? It’s a human being. The human being, in its rage, it’s thirst for vengeance and it’s rational infancy is the problem.
The problem is not the guns by themselves. I truly appreciate guns, and I enjoy target sports. Guns are tools. I admire fine craftsmanship. I also know the likelihood of a gun injury only exists in the presence of guns.
But what makes it a big problem that we must address, is the addition to the mix of us. Human beings, knowing ourselves to be rageful, and vengeful and not always rational. We know this. Most of us are driven by fear and riddled with resentment. Guns are not THE problem. People with guns IS the problem.
When we decide to be responsible for our own actions, when we practice rationale self-control because we’re responsible and we know it, the gun will no longer look like a problem. Meanwhile we have no choice but to deny access to killing machines to mentally and emotionally unstable people.
If you focus on the gun, you miss your target. Focus instead on the people who use guns to express their hatred and rage, and it’s immediately apparent that implements of destructive force cannot be entrusted to mentally and emotionally explosive individuals. It’s the access of dangerous people to guns that we must manage better.
A lot of sane people own guns. Their keen awareness of the risk they take can be observed in the degree of caution and attention to safety they exercise toward these prized and dangerous possessions.
It’s a waste of time and a dead end detour to demonize the implement. Mankind is the demon holding that implement (knife, bomb, etc.).
We practice rationale self-control because we’re responsible and we know it. And inside of that, the gun will no longer look like a problem. Meanwhile we have no choice but to deny access to killing machines to mentally and emotionally unstable people.
The answer is always to look inward, not out there for someone or something to be responsible. We are yet a savage race. We need a mirror not a scapegoat.
I have to believe it’s doable. Are you with me guys?