Do you ever get tired of having the same conversations over and over again? That overwhelming déjà moo striking you like a ton of bricks? I know I do. There are legitimate reasons to repeat a conversation. For example, when there are new conditions, new facts, or if one has new students and needs to teach them. However, this is so often not the case. Particularly when the topic and context is our national political scene.
So, we discuss “gun control”, again, and one loud segment screams “You can have my guns when you pry them from my cold, dead hands,” as though confiscation is what reasonable people mean when they’re discussing gun control. Reasonable people start to discuss ways that we could try to keep guns in the hands of responsible, sane people, out of the hands of insane, impulsive people, and from needlessly killing innocents. And, yes, I suppose that there is likely a small segment who does advocate for the collection and destruction of all of the guns. Though, honestly, I can’t find them anywhere other than in the ravings of the lunatic right-wing paranoiacs. We go through this dance every few years, but the truth is that nothing has really changed in regards to guns themselves over the last half-century or so. There has been some technological improvement in the ammunition and some in the firing rate, but essentially, we are still using the same guns we were using nearly a hundred years ago. In fact, in some cases, we are literally using the same guns. So, what has changed? That is where our real focus needs to be, but as with so many things, we can’t get past the trees to see the forest.
Besides, that would mean looking in the mirror and taking responsibility. That would mean, that we stop blaming the “schools”, the “government”, “Hollywood”, etc and accept our own personal responsibility in the choices that we have made as individuals, as parents, and as a society. I am going to come back this in a moment.
It’s not just with guns that we keep having these same discussions, is it? How many times in the last 15 years or so have we had national conversations about reforming the electoral process or campaign finance reform? How successful has that been? Why? Because the people we send to do the job really have no interest in doing the job, and we, as a society, have not maintained any real interest in achieving a result either. Think about where you work. Let’s assume for the sake of discussion, and because I am sure that you are a responsible person, that you diligently work throughout the day, as you should. When you look around though, I am sure you see a number of your co-workers who are frequently not. They’re talking to others, taking extra breaks, surfing the internet, filing their nails, etc. At a larger scale, this is essentially what happens with campaign finance reform, and all of the other things that we send our “leaders” to Washington, state capitals, and even the local county and city halls to change and address. We send them there, and then there is no real oversight, so they get side-tracked with the perks or games playing. The few who may care are incapable of accomplishing much because the others are too busy playing. Until the deadlines approach. At that point though, now all eyes are on them, and they have to seem to be doing their jobs to the best of their ability. Which, sadly, they have been all along.
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