Over at FB, my friend Ash shared this picture:
… along with this description:
If you will give up liberty for temporary “safety”, you deserve NEITHER. Executive director of Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt Special Guest today. If your friends are spouting off ignorant rants about banning guns, this is the show you will NOT want to miss.
I saw the picture before I saw the description (which, out of fairness to Ash, was part of the forward, not something he wrote himself). I agreed with pretty much all of it, except for the pro-gun rights slant put on it by the commentary. In fact, until I read that text, my first thought was that this had to be a pro-regulation meme, because it got at the idea quite nicely that safety was not the only aspect of this issue. I had to laugh at how differently two people can take the same words.
I do owe Ash a debt of gratitude, because this meme got me thinking about a topic I’ve been trying to blog about for the last week or so, pretty much since I moved from my initial grief over the Connecticut shooting to wanting to add something constructive to the conversations happening around it. I’ve mentioned several times here that I’m a pacifist, so it really shouldn’t come as any surprise that I’m pretty sensitive toward violence. And I am. I didn’t want to use a tragedy to convince people they should be pacifists, of course, but I do think that now is a good time to think about guns and why we Americans seem so in love with ours.