Gun Shy

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Come on America we have to do something about gun control. Our reaction to yet another mass shooting can’t be to just change our Facebook page profile picture to reflect that we’re praying for the victims and posting a link to the Mr. Roger’s “Always Look for Helpers” interview.

Also not getting much done are the angry posts demanding that the AR-15 be outlawed and people just as angry answering back that the AR-15 – is not an assault rifle it just looks like one and you’re an idiot if you don’t know that. Add in heaps and heaps of statements that are basically a variation of “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” mix in the political venom along the lines of, “It’s libtards ruining America not guns” and end with a “So should we blame spoons for obesity?” meme and you’ve got a whole lot of trash talking that’s getting us no where.

I get it. America loves guns. I grew up in Texas so I’m well versed in the gun culture. My father-in-law was a gun collector and had a walk in vault of guns in his home. My kids’, 80 something, Nana has a concealed carry permit and an ankle holster. My husband got his first rifle when he was in elementary school and I’m a decent shot with a pistol.  This is my way of saying I do not believe guns are bad. I also do not believe that we can just stay on our current course of doing nothing about gun control on the Federal level.

In fact, let’s just get rid of even calling it gun control. I don’t think there are two words that send Americans into a frenzy faster. How about if we call it Gun Guidance? Everybody happier? Now do you think we can have a conversation without people immediately going into repetitive,  stump speeches on a 30 second loop about their viewpoint?

Here’s the deal. America is home to a preponderance of the best and the brightest minds in the known universe. We should be able to figure something out. The excuse that it’s just too complicated an issue or that the problem divides our country into two separate camps with no hope of compromise is just beneath us. We are better than that.

I suggest a summit where we send the smartest people (i.e. no elected officials) we’ve got to a secret location and have them brainstorm some solutions to this enormous issue. I would also invite the most ardent gun enthusiasts, mass shooting survivors, mental health experts, weapons manufactures, hackers, security savants – you name it and have them add to the conversation.

I would also make everyone wear a T-shirt with his or her viewpoint listed on it so it would be like, “Okay, we know where you’re coming from. Now, that that’s out of the way let’s quit repeating ourselves and get down to business.”

I realize a secret summit sounds Marvel universe-esque, but we’ve got to do something more than go to our collective corners and preach to the various choirs that agree with us and shout over those who don’t.

As a mother and an American I’m not ready to accept that this is the new reality. That my children have more active shooter drills than fire drills. That every time I go to the movies I get popcorn and then talk with my daughter about what we should do if someone comes in with a gun. That I’m scared of every man I don’t know because it’s the dudes that are killing us.

I’m also not ready to go wild, wild, west. Last year, I saw some severely sunburnt guys in tank tops and flip-flops open carrying Glock 17’s in their cargo shorts and it freaked me out. (Side bar: If you’re not smart enough to use sunscreen I question your gun acumen.) And I’m totally not buying the argument that the more people out and about with guns makes us safer. Because while you may think having a Ruger in your sock would give you the power to defend a roomful of people being shot at by a crazy person I question if, in that instance, you wouldn’t freeze, cry, or crap your pants when facing that level of evil.

The bottom line is we have to do something and I don’t know what it is. More background checks, mental health screenings, maybe home visits? I’m serious about those home visits by the way because if someone has to visit my home before I can adopt a feral cat or even chair an elementary school fundraiser I think the same level of scrutiny should be applied to getting a gun.

What I do know is that I live in the greatest country in the world and that if we work together and shut our mouths long enough to listen to each other we might be able to figure something out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “Gun Shy

    • Ashlea Christopher says:

      Love you so much! Thanks for everything you share with us. You know when to be serious and the rest of the time make me laugh until I cry! Living close to you I am certain I went to high school with several of the moms you mention in your posts. Keep entertaining us! (And I definitely need another book)

  1. Glo says:

    I’m a teacher and you’re right. We do have more active shooter drills now than fire drills. It’s a very, very, scary world

  2. Nanny G. says:

    Umm, I think you need to educate yourself on the second amendment before you right about guns. IMHO you sound like an idiot.

    • Jennifer B. says:

      Snarky should definitely write more about this subject since she’s possibly written the most common sense opinion on the whole subject. You, on the other hand, need to go back to English class.

    • Amber says:

      The 2nd amendment doesn’t mean what you want it to mean. Go back and read it. IT by no way guarantees that all Americans can carry any gun they want…not in any way. IMHO–your comment makes you sound like an idiot.

  3. Kat says:

    I have no issue with the hundreds of responsible legal gun owners in this country. The article you wrote was a good one, I will share it.

  4. Sam B. says:

    The problem is everyone likes the sound of their own voice too much and won’t shut up long enough to come up with a plan.

  5. Mary Bush says:

    I love this and couldn’t agree more. Now, can you address the pro life zealots, the anti-gay crowd, and the Bible thumpers. Oh, wait! Those are all the same crowd! Ha!!

  6. Fiona Stenton says:

    I take my hat off to our former Prime Minister John Howard, who did something about guns in Australia after the Port Arthur massacre. I’m not against guns but surely there should be more checks as to who is buying them and what type they are buying?

  7. Retired Military says:

    The best thing you said is to have no elected officials at the meeting. I’m 65 years old and I have never seen more idiots in office and I wouldn’t trust any of them.

  8. mamalion3 says:

    I’m surprised that you haven’t received more hateful comments! That’s encouraging! Only Nanny G., who apparently can’t spell. It’s write, not right dear. Please be careful about calling anyone an idiot until you get this straightened out! Anyway, it’s impossible to have a realistic conversation when the NRA has made sure that all unbiased research has been de-funded. For instance, the CDC has been completely prevented from conducting research into all aspects of gun ownership and measures that might work. So, until we stop being afraid of what the facts may say, we are stuck in a country that has an extremely misinterpreted understanding of what the framers intended when they wrote the second amendment. People who at the time had no way to envision our current world.

  9. Charlotte Weaver says:

    Amen and drop mic! When are people going to wake up? This is not a republican or democratic issue. It’s an American issue that needs fearless leaders.

  10. Fran says:

    I read the comments on your Snarky Facebook page and I wanted to let you know that as someone suggested on your Snarky page that you do remind me of Molly Ivins and you need to keep writing about social issues. You have a voice that needs to be heard.

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