Yesterday, our president gave a pretty good speech about the shooting in Tucson. Part of his speech was about wanting both sides in the gun control debate to find common ground. In his words, "….a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation…."
My goal, and the goal of Gun Control in general, is to reduce gun violence and the easy availability of guns to those who would misuse them (criminals, small children, mentally ill, terrorists, etc). I think we can all agree on those goals as being worthy, right? It's the way we want to go about them that we disagree.
So, following President Obama's suggestion, I set out to write a blog post to focus on the areas where gun control advocates like myself had common ground with pro-gun advocates, toward those goals. (For instance, around 86% of NRA members want to close the gun show loophole by requiring background checks for private sellers at those shows, in all states. And I think we can all agree that too many criminals are able to get guns easily.)
But there was a problem. As I started writing the blog post, I realized that even the simplest suggestions I thought of (such as closing the gun show loophole I mentioned above) often have very vehement responses in the comments section, at least on other blogs I've seen, even the ones that resonate well with gun owners I have talked to face-to-face.
So let me instead try a different approach. To be the most civil, I invite any pro-gun readers or readers who consider themselves neutral to please comment on this blog post.
In your comment, please suggest an issue that YOU feel both sides can agree (like that too many criminals get guns), and what you would do to help that issue. As Obama said, keep it civil and honest. Links to positive articles are welcome. Please don't write a book, and please keep it to one suggestion and solution, in the interest of space and simplifying the conversation. This should get us talking.
This is your chance to reach out to us for common understanding.