I know that supporting the #2ndAmendment
and trashing my President along with all Liberals makes some Republicans feel good about themselves. Throwing down Conservatives by calling them derogatory terms just because we disagree does not make us Democrats look good either. For the sake of debate and being civilized adults, let's consider and talk about the following points.
Most of the country supports universal background checks. This is verifiable and true despite what the #NRA
tells you. I support that too, and I personally believe that people in urban/heavily populated areas who want to own guns should be required to take hands-on safety and marksmanship courses. Everyone knows that not all law-abiding citizens are competent gun handlers. I know that personally, I need to be refreshed every now and then on how to properly operate a weapon. Everybody gets rusty at everything without practice. Law enforcement officials, some (not all) in the military, frequent hunters and sportsmen are typically very proficient at handling weapons. For this reason, proficiency training should be considered for an x-amount of time. If people are serious about exercising their 2nd Amendment right and making a big deal about it on social media, we should also be serious about exercising that right safely and responsibly. We're licences to drive cars, we should be licensed to wield a deadly weapon too.
Gun-free zones I also find to be highly ineffective. If you are not going to post multiple armed guards and security checkpoints around every gun-free zone in America, then what purpose do they serve? If #gunviolence
is mainly attributed to mental health, why don't we as a nation get more serious about funding and building mental health programs? This list goes on for all the reasons why we think these massacres are taking place. The truth is, many of these reasons are correct and evidence based. The problem is, hardly any of them are being addressed on a nationwide scale. That is the truth.
I think it's obvious that the Right and Left are not going to get everything they (we) want. I think these are good common sense ways for us to meet in the middle on policy. I have seen both Democrats and Republicans advocate for some or all of these ideas, but people are still hung up on tired arguments and resorting to calling each other names. If I was an elected official, I would aggressively pursue these type of policies. We are still Americans right? Then we should act like it and do some real problem solving. To the rest of the world right now, we look and sound like a bunch of petty children who can't find a way to work with each other.