I am going to stick my neck out here and probably get it chopped off by a few, but here goes. I know that the 2nd amendment is THE hot button issue in this next election, among other things. But we cannot let it be the only topic.
There is so much wrong with our government at this point that no one really knows where to start to correct it. And if we don't start soon, we will all need our guns. And it will not be against our government, it will be against each other!
I have said before, I am a responsible gun owner, having owned and used guns since I was young, Most people are responsible gun owners. But there are many who are not. Somehow, Maine is different. We have all grown up with guns. We know how to use them safely. But the rest of the country is not the same.
We have an epidemic of gun violence going on in this country. The United States is the world leader in gun deaths, at the rate of 3.7 per 100,0000 in population. I always hear it's not the gun , it's the person pulling the trigger.
No, you don't get off that easy. It is the combination of the person with the gun that is doing the killing. You can say all day long that it's not, but it is. The availability of guns to people who should not have them is a deadly combination.
I am not against the gun, I am for SENSIBLE regulation of firearms, the same way I am for SENSIBLE regulation of many things. If I haven't lost you by now, I will go on! The word SENSIBLE does not mean I want to take away any of your rights. But your rights as a gun owner do NOT supersede my rights as a citizen to a somewhat safe environment to live in.
They do not supersede my grandchild's right to attend school in a safe environment.
They do not supersede my rights to attend a concert or attend a movie without the fear of some idiot with a semi-auto weapon shooting as many people as he can, simply because he's pissed at the world!
All persons wanting a gun should be able and willing to pass a background check, ALL persons. Unfortunately, today's environment is not like it was 50 years ago and there is little we can do to change that. But we can use sensibility.
This argument will go on, probably forever, but I believe cooler heads will prevail, and many will be pissed and say "your taking away my rights". Well guess what, we have rights too, and we all have to live in this world together, hopefully someday in peace. But I don't see that happening at this point. We are so diametrically opposed to any change that effects us personally that we cannot or will not see others views.
I can't live that way, nor should you.
May peace be with you.