I’m sorry that this weekly staple disappeared from the blog for so long, but I wanted to explore a new writing opportunity, and that commitment tied up my Fridays.
But the Think Tank is back, Modern Philosophers, and it’s the perfect night for it.
As much as I like to keep the mood light on my blog, this is also a place where philosophy and intelligent debate will always be as welcome as laughter and wit.
I wouldn’t be fulfilling my duties as a Modern Philosopher if I didn’t open up the blog to a serious discussion about the issue of guns, gun violence, and our Constitutional right to bear arms.
All comments are welcome. I simply ask that you keep it civil, avoid profanity, and show respect to your fellow Modern Philosophers.
Please feel free to share this post so that we can open the discussion to as many people as possible. I’m eager to read what everyone has to say.
This week’s topic: After tragic shootings in Minnesota and Texas, guns are back in the headlines and all over social media. What are your thoughts on the subject? Do we stop such violence by limiting access to guns, by allowing everyone to carry a weapon, or is there another solution? Did our forefathers make a mistake with the Second Amendment?
I’ve always had an interest in guns, but that’s because I’m a writer and they play a part in the stories I tell. Some might say that my screenplays glorify violence and thereby make me pro-gun, but I would argue that I am well aware of the difference between fact and fiction.
I write to entertain, not to serve as my manifesto on gun control or a blueprint for committing violent acts.
I wouldn’t feel comfortable with a gun in my home, but I do keep a bat next to the bed. I believe in a person’s right to self defense, but I would rather protect my home with wood instead of with bullets.
I acknowledge that law enforcement officials need to carry weapons, and that guns make the most sense, but I’m starting to think that officers need better training to limit their reliance on guns. I know what you’re going to say…I’m not the one out there putting my life on the line every day, so I have no right to say that cops need better impulse control and less active trigger fingers.
I get that. But can we agree that we need to cut down on officer involved shootings?
So is it a matter of better training, putting more officers on the street, making it impossible for anyone other than law enforcement officials to have a gun, or something else entirely?
I don’t know the answer. I don’t think anyone does.
We can’t send soldiers into battle armed only with knives and rocks. Then again, if we didn’t deploy so many troops, there would be less violence in the world.
Again, probably naive, but it’s worth putting out there.
Clearly, I don’t have any answers on how to stop gun violence. I just know that we need to do it. Easier said than done. So what, though?
This is a problem we must solve.
I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I miss having Trump dominate the headlines. I’ll take idiocy over gun violence any day.
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