Jesse Clear's clear letter on gun safety makes reasonable sense, and isn't that where we should all be aiming -- for a sensible consensus on gun safety and senseless violence? Knowing some facts, as Mr. Clear conveys to us, is a good step forward.
My nephew, a 36-year-old father of two young children from suburban Connecticut, posted on Facebook his thoughts on the priority of life over unrestricted gun ownership. A former high school classmate of mine, who is 61, commented on gun ownership (he owns several), responsibility, and the types of environments where citizens carry guns, as he does in rural Tennessee. These two intelligent and reasonable people view things differently from entirely contrasting environments, but they reached a civil agreement on gun safety, which shows how do-able this gun issue is for solving. The keyword here is "reasonable", a quality that seems to be lacking in our political world and among our representatives in Congress, and in the State House, at least in Virginia.
What is reasonable is what we should strive for -- to protect our Second Amendment rights while better protecting our children and ourselves through reasonable, enforced gun safety regulations and gun laws, as well as improvements in mental healthcare. Parents need to be involved, too, at home, and truly be parents. If they do take responsibility for their children's safety, upbringing, values and growth, then anything the media or the video gaming and film industries do for the greater good will be gravy. But it's parents first, legislation second and healthcare third; now, and in rapid succession, I might add.
Why we struggle to reach a consensus when it comes to our safety, our rights and responsibilities, and especially our children's welfare, is uncivil to me. There is nothing on or off the table of discussion that is sacrosanct -- except to protect life from evil, derangement, and carelessness.
At day’s end, when you tuck your child into bed, read her a story or lead him in prayer, the only things that are truly sacrosanct are your love for your child, and your child’s right to life, and hope, and peace. Everything else is open to reason. With a new year, maybe there is new hope that some of this will change for the better, that only the most precious values in life will remain as such and become the focal point for solving problems reasonably for the greater good.
In his first sentence, Mr. Grogan is referring to a Dec. 27 Letter to the Editor from Jesse Clear. You can read it here.
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