Right to Bear Arms
A humanist Perspective
By Kathy Mcdermant
I don’t like to think of myself as particularly political, at least not as far as picking sides goes. I’m on humanities side, and when an issue arises, I like to think that it shouldn’t matter if it is being dealt with by donkey or by an elephant (although if it was handled by an platypus, the might have me) I think that the issues should speak for themselves.
We live in a supposed democracy, and as such I believe that not just the voice of the people, by the good of the people should be considered in every doctrine, bill, law, and rule that is put before us. So with that in mind I go into this weeks topic, the right to bear arms.
The right to bear arms is indeed a controversial issue, and one that has many all sorts of hot and bothered. But I am not hear to talk about the bill of rights, the constitution, or last weeks episode of “Law and Order”, although that last thing is neither here nor there. What I am here to talk about is what is best for us as a people.
There are people out there who sincerely believe that the best way to end school shootings is to put more guns into schools. They say that arming teachers is the best thing that they can do to protect students from shooters…..I know right? Look, I’m not trying to tell you what is or is not lawful as far as our fore fathers were concerned, because I don’t have a clue, but I do know that In a world where gun violence is running rampant the answer is not more gun violence.
There is also debate on what sort of weapons should and should not be legal. A lot of people want the right to own assult rifles and other deadly weapons. I get it. Most of you aren’t dangerous. Most of you wont shoot up a school, or do any harm to anything other than a dear that didn’t know that they were fair “sport”. In a perfect world you guys would be able to have the weapons of your chosing without any sort of debate on whether or not it was a good idea. We do not live in a perfect world.
Please do not misunderstand. I am not trying to condemn you, or blame you, or argue with you. I am pleading with you. Give up your toys so that dangerous people do not have asccess to dangerous things. Keeping our citizens safe is the true American way.