Okay, so this is a personal note, from me to people who want to keep their firearms and are concerned that people like want to confiscate their guns.
And my message is: Can’t We Work This Out?
No. I’m serious. I really want to talk to you. One guy to another, or a gal. Just you and me. No threats. No rage. No self-importance. Just two folks having a talk.
What’s moving me to write to you is that, well, I recently re-watched that infamous video from the NRA, the one got pretty close to calling for you folks, the ones with the guns, to go after my side, that is, us Liberals.
And if you haven’t watched it, go do so now. You have to admit; the language is dang strident. And let’s face it. It isn’t going to make anyone want to compromise or work out some sort of agreement.
So, I thought I’d give it (no pun intended) a shot.
Let’s begin by asking what it is that each one of us wants.
I don’t know for sure, and correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m guessing that you want to own your firearms without fear of having them confiscated.
Well, okay. That’s cool with me. You want to have your rifles, pistols, and shotguns, no problem.
You want to go hunting? You’ll get no argument from me. I’ve never hunted, but my Dad and Granddad did, so it’s in the family.
You want to go target shooting? Hey. Cool. I used to do that when I was kid. Don’t do it any more, but that’s only because I sort of got out of the habit when I was college. And my son recently purchased a shotgun for skeet shooting. So, again, in the family…
You want a gun for self-defense? Okay. Fine. I’m not sure you really need it, but, hell, it’s none of my business. If you feel you need a concealed carry weapon, go for it. Just do me a favor and don’t point it at me. I mean, I’m harmless.
You want a gun to use against the government in case it ever becomes a dictatorship? Ah…well. Okay, I’ll level with you. I don’t think that even with a Kalashnikov, you’d stand much a chance against tanks and A-10 warthogs. In fact, truth be told, if that really and truly is your motivation, then I’d think you’d be better off lobbying for greater autonomy for State Defense Forces (yes, they exist). It would be harder for a dictatorship to fight fifty, well-organized, state-based militaries than even a whole bunch of disorganized individuals with automatic weapons. (And it would get closer to what’s suggested in the Second Amendment to boot. All that “well-ordered militia” stuff.)
But, okay, I’ll yield it to you just the same. I don’t think it would do any good, but you can have if you really want it.
Did I miss anything? I don’t think so, but if I did, write in and let me know.
Still, I think I’ve conceded to you pretty much everything you want. Now, let say what I want.
What I want is to keep out of the hands of convicted criminals, potential terrorists, would-be murderers, and people who are mentally ill.
That’s all I’m after.
Now, I’m just guessing here, but I’d bet that you have no argument with my goal. I’m willing to wager big time that you don’t want murders, criminals, and nutcases to have guns, either.
So, again, isn’t some way for us to work this out? Can’t we reach a compromise by which you get your firearms and we get a bit more oversight about who (other than you) can buy them?
How would we work that? I don’t know. Maybe we really should “treat guns like cars” and to own one you’ve got to prove you’re competent to drive it. Maybe the NRA could organize the shooting schools.
Or, maybe I ought to shut up right now. Why don’t I ask you? The gun owners of America? What do you suggest? If we yield all the above to you, what will you give us in return? After all, it’s the Art of The Deal, and all that…
And here’s the place where I suggest we start. Here’s the first step. I’ll start by trying to tell my fellow liberals that gun owners aren’t a bunch of in-bred, mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging anthropoids, if, in turn…
You start trying to put a muzzle on the NRA, and admit to all and sundry that the “Sandy Hook Truthers,” abusing the parents of dead children, are utterly, and viciously insane.
What do you say?
Eagerly looking forward to your response.