happiness is a warm gun

12 Aug

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

– Spock

Disclaimer: This is a post about my support of gun control in America. If you don’t want to hear about it I suggest you stop reading now.

Gun control is such a sensitive topic for Americans. I’m not going to hash out the usual arguments here for two reasons: (a) you can find those arguments pretty much anywhere on the internet so there’s no need for me to repeat them, and (b) I have found that this is such a divisive issue that trying to convince anyone on either side of this debate to modify their opinion not very fruitful.
My question is about the evolution of the United States as a country and our evolution as a people. Are guns even relevant to a modern life?

We tend to get hung up on the constitution and what we are entitled to in this country. Okay, you have the right to have guns. But why do you need them? Going hunting only requires a few rifles or maybe a shotgun. Nothing automatic is needed in this case.

If we stopped being so afraid that our individual rights are being taken away we might be able to consider that sacrificing a little bit in this area could lead to a huge benefit for the community as a whole. A mark of a good society is that it cares about the safety and wellbeing of all of its members.

We can’t do whatever we want whenever we want because we live in a community with other people. The truth is I am not that important. I don’t get to exercise my personal freedoms all the time. If that’s the sacrifice I have to make to save some lives I am completely okay with that.


2 Responses to “happiness is a warm gun”

  1. Bev Leroux August 12, 2012 at 15:59 #

    Agree, completely.

  2. Justin P. Miller August 12, 2012 at 17:09 #

    Spoken like a true communitarian. I approve.

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