Saturday, April 22, 2023

Guns in America

Mass shootings have become commonplace today. We feel tapped out of horror and sympathy. Some simply accept this crimewave as the new normal. The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms. But an armed population must be a responsible population.

Twice this week homeowners have shot innocent people who mistakenly came to their homes. What has happened to our society? It only takes a few criminals with guns to make us question the wisdom of an armed populace. 

If citizen gun ownership becomes illegal, then government will tend more rapidly toward tyranny. Oppression could be right around the corner. 

We have a uniquely American dilemma. Guns were used in the founding of our nation. And guns have been almost romanticized in our history. But now guns, or some with guns, are eroding our general sense of safety. Schools, businesses, even our homes may feel like potential crime scenes.

How can we make peace with guns?