As I closed my last post:
“Like many in Parkland, I wonder when we have serious conversations in this country – I wonder that about a lot of things, but especially this topic of shootings. I am inspired early on by the bravery and lucidity coming from many of the teenagers who actually lived through this in Parkland. I’m not sure we’ve seen this type of rallying cry coming from the source before. Maybe that will help us keep momentum going to try to solve these issues.”
I am glad there has been so much dialog on this issue this past week. I am amazed, inspired, proud of all the “kids” from Parkland and elsewhere who have been dealing with grief, sadness, anger, and also being bold and productive in engaging with society to get the issues out in front. If nothing else, we may be finally turning a corner to legitimate conversation and debate instead of “thoughts and prayers.” That alone is progress.
I know this is a hotly debated issue. On this more than ever we need to stay civil, talk to each other, learn each other’s point of view, think about reasonable compromises, and work together for solutions over talk. It’s a difficult issue, but that doesn’t mean we can’t tackle it or make progress, and it doesn’t have to drive us farther apart. I hope the rest of this post is seen as a civil way to express a few observations and opinions, knowing that many folks will not agree with each of them.
The goal of regulating anything is to manage risks, not eliminate them. And we have to balance personal and societal liberties. Like the right to own a gun versus the right to be free from unreasonable search versus the safety of a group at a public place. It’s the job of our legislators to do that, and it’s our job to be active and informed citizens and vote for the right leaders and hold them accountable. It’s what the kids from Parkland have been saying, and I hop we listen to them. This time. So that there are less next times for us (Vegas, Parkland, Columbine, Sandy Hook, etc.) to deal with.
Let’s keep the dialog going, let’s be civil, let’s get solutions.