One of the biggest fights in the United States these days is the battle between the pro and anti gun sects of the Nation, while I would technically be counted on the anti-gun side of the fight although I have no problem with people owning guns, I just wish there were a better way to track them. (csmonitor) While I don’t see the battle ever truly being over, because both sides refuse to accept the other side’s point of view as having any true merit, maybe some day we’ll be able to at least find a middle ground where neither side is totally right or totally wrong. (topix) As with any political battle, and this does appear to be heavily influenced by political parties and politicians, the likelihood of a balanced agreement will be difficult but if we try hard enough and we’re willing to look at both sides, maybe people can finally come to an agreement that keeps guns in the hands of lawful citizens while giving finding a better way to make sure they stay in those hands instead of going to criminals, unfortunately the gun lobby preaches that all registration efforts are only there in order to confiscate weapons. (infowars) Paranoia and propaganda rule both sides of the argument, unfortunately in this age people tend to use free will less and follow whatever they’re told, which can be dangerous when all of your information comes from only one side of the argument. (wikipedia)
While I try to hold true to the theory that neither side is ever going to be fully honest as they’re each trying to win the battle, instead it’s up to us to listen to each side, consider the points of both, and find the truth that is in between before making up our minds on things. (ereadingworksheets) While I’m open to new ideas, someone almost always comes along that makes me debate which side of said argument I should be supporting, and today that person is the former Joe the Plumber. (wikipedia) One of the things that has kept me thinking that something should be done to track and maybe limit gun usage to just the owner is the constant issue with mass shootings in the United States. (motherjones) In the wake of the University of California Santa Barbara shootings both sides have battled with Joe the Plumber making a statement now that will likely send more people to the opposing side of the battle, stating that a parent who lost their child in that rampage is in the wrong supporting gun control. (nydailynews) While stating that your opponent is wrong isn’t unusual, when you make a comment that “your dead kid doesn’t trump my Constitutional rights” you’re going to anger a lot of people, and I expect some major backlash to come as a result. (huffingtonpost) It’s alright to support guns, and it’s alright to support gun control, the problem comes when you start making comments as insensitive as what Joe did you’re showing your ignorance. There’s an old saying that it’s better to look foolish than to open your mouth and remove all doubt, looks like Joe hasn’t quite learned that lesson yet.