how our pro-gun family responds to shootings
|December 16, 2012||Posted by Mama under world view|
By now I expect everyone knows about the sad events of Friday the 14th, the killing of nearly 50 people, including the American and Chinese attacks. All weekend I’ve been thinking about what happened, wondering if and how to talk about it here. How do you respond to such evil?
But even though nothing I say would be comforting to those who have lost someone or those who have been directly affected by the tragedies, our family and your own still go on, and in a way we are all affected by the deaths of those innocent people. So how do we take it in? How do we respond, on a small basis, to massacre by gun?
Papa and I are pro-gun. We believe in the right of all American families to own firearms and use them – to hunt, to defend themselves, to collect, to shoot as a sport, or whatever reason (that does not end the life of others) that they want to. We also believe that if someone wants to do harm to others they will find a way to do it, be it by gun, knife, rope, pillow, or any other weapon they choose. Restricting access to firearms in our country will stop decent citizens from using them (because they will willingly give them up), but we know from experiments like the Prohibition, and now the war on drugs, that restricting access to things that some people consider dangerous will only make the black market more profitable for bad people, and people who shouldn’t own guns will still find a way to get them.
Horrendous actions like those taken by Friday’s shooter should not make us wary of owning and using guns, but they should remind us of how important it is to own them for self-defense and to teach responsible gun ownership to our children.
Which is why we have been teaching gun safety to our children since Buddy was a little tyke, and why in response to this most recent massacre Papa decided to give the kids another lesson about familiarity with firearms. Today he once again showed and discussed with Buddy, Girlie, and Pal the differences between and uses for rifles and handguns, what bullets are made for what guns, and he had Buddy help him clean one so he could handle all the parts.
Some might think it is dangerous to expose young children to weapons, but we have to wonder if that philosophy is what led to many of today’s adults being afraid of guns. Our personal philosophy is to demonstrate safe and appropriate use of firearms so they will learn respect for lives and weapons and know how to use them appropriately when they are old enough.
If you are wondering how to talk to your kids about what happened this weekend, a normal response is to answer their questions, to acknowledge the evil character of the shooter and the potential danger of weapons. But don’t forget to tell them that a gun is a tool, one that is good to own and is not evil in itself. Consider the many lives that are saved because people own guns, and continue to stand the good fight in defense of the right to own firearms.