In the gun debate there are a number of issues that have been bothering me.
First the idea that those who commit killings like the recent school shooting some how represent all gun owners. That jackass was not a gun owner, his mom was and her stupidity and lack of thought enabled her son to do what he did. All these young men who have committed these types of crime are not representatives of gun owners who are safe and control the availability of the guns in their home all the time.
Somehow it has come down to gun owners are less moral because they want to keep their guns and keep guns legal. This seems to come from the idea that we support or condone those who commit crimes using a gun. That is just plain BULLSHIT! Millions of gun owners have never shot anyone by accident, had misfires or even want to carry guns in public. The actions of a few do not represent the many. The NRA does not represent all gun owners. So what ever is spoken from that group is not the words or thoughts of many gun owners. I dislike the NRA and Wayne, he is a jackass!
Now second, we gun owners have to take another stand, not only to support legal gun ownership but to call out the stupidity and criminality of some who by their actions harm others with guns. A person who "forgets" they have a loaded gun and "accidentally" shoots someone is an ASSHOLE and we cannot in good conscience support their stupidity in any way. By their unsafe actions they end up becoming the straw man of the gun debate and I am tired of having to say that I DO NOT support the Stupidity of any person or of criminals who use guns to harm others and I would like to see more gun owners take that stand with a louder voice. Don't support the stupid and unsafe actions of the few!
The last thing that really bothers me is how some want to prove they are on a moral high ground and this really is a bunch of crap! If you accept the other forms of death by murder, child abuse that results in death, death by car or even death by dog as something we have to live with then your morality is not that high up on the mountain. You do accept some risk of death by any violent means so do not try and place yourself above all others when we talk about violent deaths by gun.
Gun owners are also moral people and to try and paint us all as immoral is a poor argument that destroys any discussion on how we as a society can somehow try and prevent these types of shootings from happening again and again.
Most of us gun owners are willing to listen to good ideas that may help bring about some change that hinders these things from happening but those who want more laws and restrictions need to listen to us too, we do want to help but we do not want to create a false sense of safety that does nothing to alleviate this type of violence. But if you brand all of us as immoral and suggest we condone these murders because we want to keep our guns then you have lost the debate already. No one wants to be told they support murder, no one wants to listen to the idea that they are less moral so by doing this you create a wall between us all.
The only real way to stop gun violence is to take all guns out of our society and we gun owners will never agree to that, I don't think many non gun owners would support total confiscation either.
Frame your debate well, use less emotion and give us real ideas based on sound reasoning and you will have gun owners listening. Until we do that both sides will continue to have members who are unreasonable.