Two weeks ago, I said I would start a series of posts that focus on real game-changers for our society. I feel we (probably – I) bounce around from one good cause or organization to another, and I’m feeling the burnout. Last week, I suggested raising gas prices to $10 a gallon – not my most popular post, but one that hit a nerve. Heck! I never said any of this would be easy.
My second post in the series isn’t going to garner much more support. I want to focus on gun control. My post begins with a number of consensus-building points. You might not agree with it, but you should be able to live with it.
1. People have a right to possess a secured firearm in their home to protect themselves and their families.
2. No one, except law enforcement, should be allowed to walk around the streets with a loaded firearm.
3. Not everyone should be allowed to buy a gun. There should be serious background checks, which is the responsibility of the local government, and a gun seller is accountable if s/he did not follow through with the appropriate checks.
It is my understanding that this is generally accepted, even within the NRA membership.
– The majority of NRA members do not want a heavily armed, troubled individual anywhere near their schools, universities, or politicians.
– The majority of NRA members do not seriously believe they need to stockpile guns to protect themselves from a politically extreme government.
– The majority of NRA members believe our police should not have to face armed criminals.
This would not solve all the issues surrounding gun control, but it would go a long way to making our country a safer place. Is it really so simple? Or only in the wake of another public shooting?
Alon Shalev writes social justice-themed novels and YA epic fantasy. He swears there is a connection. His latest books include: Unwanted Heroes and the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award for YA – At The Walls Of Galbrieth. Alon tweets at @alonshalevsf and @elfwriter. For more about the author, check out his website.