Why I'm Still Thinking About Gun Control
Even though it’s been several months since police say James Holmes walked into a Colorado movie theatre and opened fire, killing a dozen people and injuring scores more, I’m still thinking about that horrible day…and how the debate over gun ownership rages on.
Left, versus right, Republican v. Democrat. Heck, one of our talk show hosts here at kxl carries a gun (he's licensed), and asks me almost daily if I'm going to get registered (so far I'm not). Don't expect to hear much from the White House, or Mitt Romney's campaign about this topic, after all, they both have an election to try and win in a few weeks, and taking a stance on something as controversial as gun control will cost both candidates votes.
Most polls find that as Americans, we believe we have a constitutional right to own a gun. The discussion I find myself getting into more often than not isn't whether you should be allowed to own one, it's what kind of gun should you be allowed to own? And my friends and family overseas, well, they just don't understand how easy it is for almost anyone here to legally get their hands on a weapon that can fire any type of bullet. So that’s a conversation I try and steer clear of.
However, for or against, debate is healthy, and I'm glad to hear so many people still discussing this issue. But remember, it's an election year, and a topic like this is bound to stir emotions as both parties play to the extreme left and right. I hope you question what you hear, and fact check the news stories you watch on TV and read on-line. And above all, try to remember that this debate isn't going to go away just because a Republican or Democrat is in the White House. It's an issue that no single...or two term president...is likely to resolve.
And the debate continues....