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Too bad that
Civics isn't taught in school anymore. The Evangelicals keen and wail about
prayer and 'god' being removed from classrooms in public schools. (Granted,
that group is forever keening and wailing, such is their provenance.) - Setting
aside the separation of church and State for the time being, what we actually need are lessons in basic civics
and civic responsibility.
Simply said, all civic rights come with integral responsibilities.
Voting Rights come with the responsibility to educate oneself about the issues
and the candidates. The
Right to a speedy trial imparts the duty to create and maintain a judicial
system that is efficient. The Right to free speech imparts the duty of the
citizens to forbearance of conflicting views. The Right of the people to peaceably
assemble requires that those assembled do not become violent. The Right to the
free exercise of religion obligates the religious to respect other religions as
well as respect those who are non-religious.
predicated by responsibility. Anyone who knows the legend of Spiderman knows that
'With great power comes great responsibility...'.
The Rights guaranteed by the Constitution are the Power of the People.
Now, we come to the Right guaranteed by the Second Amendment;
the Right to keep and bear arms. With that Right, comes the responsibility that
guns in society do not become a threat to public safety. The problem is that
many gun owners (under the influence of the NRA and/or grand, machismo Rambo visions)
refuse to accept that underlying responsibility
and duty inherent in exercising that Right.
Those who exercise their Right to 'keep and bear arms'
must accept responsibility for the alarming number of gun deaths in America.
One might bandy stats around and argue about the accuracy of data collection
but the tragedies of Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Parkland, (etc, etc, ad fecking nauseum)
go well beyond numbers of dead or the number of guns or the number of rounds.
Think what you will about the causes of gun violence. It
makes little difference to the basic tenet that Rights come with Responsibility
The very troubling case at hand is this: there is gun violence. It exists. It
exists at a level unmatched by any other First World Nation. It exists at a
level unmatched even in our own violent history except for times of war. It is
also very clear that the level of gun violence is unacceptable to the large
majority of the population.
It is time for those who wish to be Gun Owners to accept the Responsibility incumbent
to that Right.
The blame for the mass shootings, the suicides, the accidental deaths by
gun-fire, the murders are not relevant to the Gun Owner's Responsibility and Duty
to safe-guard society. Don't blame the shooter, Law Enforcement or society.
Society is your charge as well, Gun Owners - citizens. Don't rail against those
who wish to stop the carnage. Do your Duty and accept Responsibility for gun
Figure out the legislation which will mitigate the
deadly effect of guns in our society. Keep all the guns you want but do so by
making certain Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, Sutherland Springs, Tx, Orlando, Las
Vegas, Parkland, etc, never happen again and the horrific number of suicides,
murders and accidental shootings are considerably reduced to a socially acceptable