This is a statement of personal intent and maybe food for thought.
I am giving up my guns.
I have had them for years. Grew up with them as a kid. I enjoy shooting, and think hunting is fine as long as you eat what you shoot.
After yesterday, I am removing myself from the list of gun owners.
No matter what happens now, we all have to decide if we want to change our attitudes towards firearms. Mine changed yesterday. I am not saying give up yours, attempting to dictate right or wrong, or change the 2nd Amendment. But, I (me) do think we need to:
- Make it tougher to get guns.
- Tougher to buy ammo.
- Easier to get mental health services.
- Not stigmatize those with a mental health issue, so that they or those responsible for helping them are not inclined to downplay what could be a serious issue.
- Fund our schools so that instead of having to make constant tradeoffs, they have enough money to abslutely secure a building and a perimeter.
- Deepen our respect for the people that work in schools. This includes not only teachers, but support staff. This means stop minimalizing their worth.
I have to show ID to buy Claritin D. My purchases are tracked. I can walk into a store and buy 500 rounds of 2.23 ammo with nothing but payment.
There is something fundamentally wrong here.
All the rest of the details, pro/anti gun, pro/anti national health care, pro/anti background checks...All these these things are mute if you are unwilling to make a committed change yourself.