You can like, love, not like, be neutral to, dislike, and even hate people, in your mind, quite permissively. It is the actions, that count. (I am not advocating hatred or racism, here.... see below.)
You can own a flag, or a gun, or a cross, or a book, or any object, and do no harm, perhaps, even, do good.
No, a gun, a car, a book, a cross, a flag, etc.... are all basically objects, maybe tools,. They are neutral. It is what you DO with it that counts.
Some argue any hate is wrong, bad evil, must be stopped, cannot be had, must be rooted out of our society. Well, that is like trying prohibition, or the futile drug war. Hate and action is endemic to America, sadly. The nation was settled and born and grown in hate and war..... One does not need a phd in history!
Can dislikes and hatreds be re-channeled for good? Can attitudes be changed so that certain folks can agree not to like "X" without a need to follow through and act on it? That is the issue.
A gun does not kill, any more than a sword, crossbow, plane, drone, a pressure cooker, or a soapstone carving does. The human agent is needed. And for a human to have one of these things is not necessarily bad. It is what you do, and when. Appropriateness and timing are VIP.
It is quite appropriate to hate and kill "XXX". In fact some of America's greatest heroes, at one time did. It is just not done anymore, it is not needed. Many are honoured today.
Don't believe me? Replace XXXX with: Spanish, British, Canadians, Aboriginals, Germans, Arabs, Vietnamese, Japanese, Italians, Iranians, Iraquis, Chinese, Mexicans, Russians.... But, recall, it is no longer 1773, or 1812, or 1942!
And somehow, it is the people we must work on. Whether or not a Confederate flag flies or not.... as Barrack Obama told Stephen Harper On Oct 23, 2014. "Mr. Prime Minister. My condolences for yesterday. In America we call that Wednesday." You can take down all Confederate memorials. Heck, the Taliban are experts, and would do it cheap! And the day after they are all destroyed, deleted off the internet, and all the books burned up.... You know what will happen.
And, oh, : A little Canadiana. https://canadianprimeministers.wordpress.com/2009/11/05/intruder-confronts-pms-wife-at-official-residence/
Mind you, I would not advocate using one to rob a confectionery store.
So, I ask you.... What do we do about these people? How do we get them to say: "I can choose. I will not kill today."??? (I paraphrase Captain Kirk, here.)
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