It isn’t always hammer time.

Having an opinion, and being invested in an outcome, are different. The people who study guns, the gun perspective I trust, is not someone who supports, or promotes, or defends owning a gun. No one can trust the opinion of anyone who participates in those endeavors when it comes to the use, regulation and education surrounding firearms. I’m sorry, but your desire to have a thing you like actually means you are biased, and far less likely to consider all sides of an issue.

Guns are tools, like hammers and nails. I don’t care if you worship them. If I see them in your hands, I’m going to ask you what you’re building. And if you’re not building anything worthwhile to anyone, you should not have a hammer, or nails.

If you’re not building, or fixing, you’re just scared, and you looked around the room for the most powerful form of defense, and holding it, and having it, puts you at peace, assuages your fear, and let’s you sleep at night, that’s okay. But I will not trust your opinion about your own security blanket.

I’ll take the opinions of carpenters. And anyone who talks about a gun for what it is, a tool. And a tool is inexorably linked to purpose. And without purpose, some tools are inappropriate for some environments. Because of the potential of collateral damage these tools introduce.

Not only is this an acceptable conversation, but it’s one we have about every other tool in existence. So the question is, what is a gun to you? A tool for hunting, for security, a form of entertainment? All of those are totally and completely acceptable to me. No one who implements this tool for these purposes desires it to be in the hands of individuals who would harm children, unsuspecting people going to church or at restaurants or concerts.

You can love guns, and not throw your hands up to this heavy, necessary conversation.
However, your loving guns should in no way inhibit, or direct, or alter it.
All it does is taint, and even nullify your opinions and observations on the subject.

Hammers, knives, power tools, saws, explosives, cars. All only appropriate in certain environments, and even then, with restrictions, required education, licensing, and often with warning labels printed directly on them.

Thank God for people who look at objects passionlessly.

Someone is spending a lot of time and money to make us argue
whether or not firearms solidly belong in this sort of grouping.
With everything else.
That explodes.
And rapidly projects metal up to a mile or more.
At deadly speed.

If your opinion isn’t that this sort of technology necessitates restriction,
that’s not an opinion.

That’s bias.

Too much for Facebook

“The fact that someone even feels need to take issue with you expressing a personal, nonpartisan opinion about a democratically elected official says more than any social media diatribe ever could. In their minds, this was a vote between Democrat and Republican candidates. The representative ethos is so deep now, they don’t believe the human buried beneath the title should have any say in the matter. They think you’re arguing party politics. I mean hell, it’s a person who says he turns off Jesus when he enters the political spectrum. Jesus was a highly political teacher, he discussed politics, family values, farming practices and civil disobedience. (IDK if people realize, but crucifixion was a punishment for Civil Disobedience) To say you didn’t see Jesus on a ballot was really all that needed to be said. In this day and age, with everything going on, where else would Jesus be? And if anyone wants to go through line by line and show me how they insulate their support for the man from his behaviors as a human that’s great, here’s a short list for you to start on: imitating a disabled journalist to belittle him, promoting a formal registration of a religious group, selecting known bigots to government positions, being recorded bragging about sexual assault and harassment, not divulging his tax records or divesting his businesses. The republican party started their nomination process with well over ten candidates. One by one they all fell by the wayside, and the Republican party allowed the bully pushing them all off the edge of the stage to continue. You will have to own that before this conversation can continue.”