Before it is said, I know that I am Canadian and I champion this as a Canadian blog so I’m sure many people feel that I may have no right commenting on American politics. However, they are our neighbours. I have friends and family there and I never want to have anything happen to them. I have a vested interest, aside from the simple right to my own opinion.
Having gotten that out of the way………
I am in awe of the courage it must be taking for President Obama to take on the gun control issue. Whatever side you are for, it is a daunting task. The opposition is enormous and at times ruthless. He must fear for his very life and for those that he loves and yet he is forging ahead in what he believes in. If only everyone had that level of courage in their convictions. No matter where you stand on the issue you must give him the respect he deserves for standing up to this sure to be long and dangerous fight. War for North Americans is usually fought far from home but this battle will be dealt with right there in their very living rooms. That in itself would be enough to send lesser men scurrying.
What I hope for is that the Pro-gun, Second Amendment supporters see is that the issue is not taking away your rights but protecting them. It isn’t about you having firearms to protect your family and your homestead but from keeping military grade weapons away from those that would harm you. It isn’t saying you can’t use rifles to hunt and provide for your children, it’s saying your children have the right to walk the streets free from fear that a mentally ill person will open fire and kill everyone in the near vicinity, possibly including themselves. It is saying , lets give the police the opportunity to do their jobs and stop madmen with as little to no collateral damage as possible. If a lunatic has a knife or a hunting rifle he may kill. If he has multiple semi or fully automatic weapons he may kill a lot in a short amount of time, making saving these people impossible for the police. How frustrated do you think they feel? By the time they are alerted to the situation the damage is already done.
More than anything I hope the two opposing sides in this debate can come together and see that there is common ground. There is room for compromise. There just isn’t time anymore to ignore and turn a blind eye.