So I have a friend that is a teacher that posted this on his Facebook page. There has been some amazing dialog on this post and I promised him that I would have a great reply. I am going to do some homework and put my own reply on his pagebut I wanted to see how some of you would reply to this.
This was posted today and I quote:
Why can't people who support gun rights be the only ones shot during these incidents? Don’t misunderstand, I respect people’s right to an opinion in support of gun rights and do not actually wish ill upon them. Especially since I realize that many people I cherish are among this group. I would miss them dearly and aggressively seek justice for them. I just think it's not fair for those of us who don't support gun rights, and our children, to have to face this threat each and every day. We know that over 32, 000 deaths a year occur from gun violence. When researching further, I also find that the defensive use of guns rationale is difficult to attack and equally difficult to defend with statistics being all over the place. (They range from thousands to 2.5 million such uses. With supporting data that finds that most of these uses are themselves illegal (such as during a crime), unwarranted (such as investigating a noise in a backyard to find nothing), used in self defense against unarmed offenders, used during an escalating argument, used proactively to intimidate “offenders” who have not actually posed a threat, or used by police officers confronting armed suspects.)
The best reason I have heard for keeping guns in private hands is to defend ourselves against a potentially corrupt government, such as in Syria, which was, after all, the original intent behind our "right to bear arms". I don’t know what the answer is to keeping us safe, but access to guns doesn’t seem to be the solution. At the very least, it is the cause of the problem itself. Would it help to give up some privacy rights? Do we need to spend more to secure ourselves against the illegal importation and sale of guns? Are we going to continue down this useless path of criminalization and building of yet more prisons to house the perpetrators? Would more social programs for youth help? Is the status quo simply the best of all the alternatives? Until we figure something else out, we seem to all be in the line of fire. So at least for now, let those who advocate living by the sword, die first.
(Written from a place of fear, lets talk, I'm willing to change my mind, hopefully you are too)"
Thank you and I hope this is a very active thread.