Firearms themselves are only the externals of the “gun control” debate once again raging in America. Most often talking at another without listening to one another, the two entrenched sides are actually debating about human nature and how those who share in that nature (all of us) can live in a civilized state.
Since most who read my posts are aware of where I stand, achieving what I intend below will be difficult. Nevertheless, here is an attempt to summarize objectively the two positions as they relate to those two concepts. (Human nature and civilized life).
SIDE A: Mass shooters, bombers, vehicular homicide terrorists, etc. are exceptions to the rule. They are aberrant monsters or victims of the worst kind of mental or emotional illness. The vast majority of people will not behave like them because human nature is basically good. How can multi-cultural America, a tolerant country inclusive of widely divergent ideologies, endure peaceably?
Protected by well armed professional law enforcement agencies, enlightened from earliest childhood by secular education, and helped by federal, state, and local governments against poverty and other human ills, it will! Strictly controlling the sale of firearms and building sturdy stanchions or other tangible defenses around soft targets are just good sense measures. Law abiding citizens being a bit inconvenienced by red tape or giving up a little of their liberty is a tiny price to pay for a greater degree of safety and security for all.
SIDE B: Human nature is basically rotten. As recent events show, anyone can be “radicalized” or turn into a bad actor inexplicably and easily. We can cannot remain naturally civilized because we are naturally bad! To be civilized is to be self restrained. People who understood that gave us a government with three branches, able to restrain any one branch from attaining the absolute corruption which springs from absolute power.
Only when the people are restrained from the heart by the transcendent ethical and ideological standard upon which our government and laws were founded can peace endure. In other words, with religious based morality under girding our society, armed citizens can peacefully coexist and defend themselves and their neighbors. They can do so far more effectively than impotent laws and physical structures which clever criminals will always be able to circumvent.
So there you have it. Your friendly neighborhood blogger looks forward to responses here or on Facebook where this is linked.