We have heard a lot of talk about guns in the USA and we have witnessed multiple senseless mass killings in the last few years. Predictably, this has been followed by heated ideological rhetoric. Perhaps it’s time to return to first principles and to strive to really listen to and compromise with each other.
I think we might start with the assumption that all of us would like these mass killings to end and not happen again. And let me state one thing: I am not a gun owner, but if there was ever a clear sign of the government coming to collect guns legally owned by citizens, I might buy one then. And I would be fully aligned against any mass seizure of guns.
So how do we start a productive and respectful dialogue here? With acknowledgment to Mel Robbins at CNN.com, I don’t think I’ve heard it stated so succinctly and accurately. This is what I believe. Kids have a knack for simplifying issues. Adults make gun control complicated. It’s not complicated at all: Bad guys shouldn’t get guns and adults should do whatever we can to make sure they don’t. Let’s start talking to get this solved.
John Lodal, Boise
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