The Definition of Insanity
I support the 2nd Amendment. I'm not anti-gun. But, the definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expect different results. The terrible events we see on the news should make you wonder how we got here.
The gun industry and its lobbyists have so much influence today that, in the Republican primary, successful politicians must first joke about “gun control” meaning "we aim better", then get their photo while shooting a machine gun. A tight primary race creates a competition to see which politician can be more "Pro-Gun".
The gun lobby birthed its own “litmus” test: you’re either pro-gun or anti-gun. But, when you think about it, I bet most of us are somewhere in between.
I like to keep this in mind when thinking about guns:
- All guns are not equal. My son’s gun can ruin the day of any squirrel, but it’s worthless from the 32nd floor of a hotel.
- It should be inconvenient. You’re not buying a six-pack. Let’s put a little space between you and a domestic abuser buying a gun.
- The logic doesn't work. If simply owning guns made us safer, America would be the safest country in the world. It’s not.
Most importantly, to keep guns out of the wrong hands and to keep our citizens safe, we need a universal background check law that requires ALL gun buyers, regardless of where they buy the gun, to have a simple background check performed.
When I’m elected governor of the biggest gun-owning state in the USA, I’ll work directly with the CEOs of the largest gun retailers. We’ll discuss how the gun industry should themselves lead on gun safety to build goodwill and good policy. And I’ll point to Wal-Mart’s gun policy as a start--it’s STRONGER than the law requires. If a retailer doesn’t want to participate, we’ve got sensible gun legislation groups that will send their members to shop elsewhere. Trust me. When the dollars walk away, the retailers will come back.
That’s where I’m at with this. What do you think? Send me a note.