Well here we go again.  Our great nation is once again being torn apart on an issue which is kept in front of us by two side of the coin.  Now before you close your mind and lock me out as a gun toting owner (which I am), I want you to hear me out, (read and digest) then drop me off.

Gun control isn’t the real issue.  Guns have been around for a long time.  I grew up in the 50’s, 60’s and I don’t remember such violence.  Where I grew up, one could drive to town and it was nothing to see a rifle or shotgun on a rack in the back of more than one pickup in town.  It was no big deal to have one in your vehicle at school because after school you and your buddy were headed out to hunt.  I know it wasn’t just where I grew up, it was around most of the States like this as well.  It was in the 1930’s when automatic weapon were strictly regulated requiring special license, and then you were subject to very special rules, regs and such.  So what’s changed.

When I was in first grade, I played barber and cut a little girl’s hair.  To make a long story short, the teacher caught me, I ended up with a hand print across my face.  No I didn’t go home and tell my parents because my parents would have supported the teacher and I’d have gotten more than a hand print.  As a youngster I was taught and learned respect for my teachers, elders, and those in authority.  I was taught right from wrong and I learned early there was a price to be paid for doing the wrong.  I was also taught the value of respect.  I may have a different opinion, but so does the other guy.  I was taught fighting never solves anything, but I was also taught no to let people roll over the top of me and I needed to stand up for myself.  I was also taught to accept responsibility for my actions.

Let’s fast forward to today.  What is the problem with society today?  Well, that’s the sixty four dollar question everyone want the answer to.  I am going to ask all you older readers to look at the way you grew up and is it the way things are today?  What are the role models we got to day.  Sure isn’t the politicians we got today.  Most can’t open their mouth without a lie coming forward.  Everyone is so worried about being politically correct many have learned there is no price to be paid for those unwanted actions.  What are the family values like today?  What things have influenced the newer generation – TV, video, games, and the list goes on.  Also my generation didn’t grow up on drugs – so many kids are drugged for this and that today, do we really understand what happens to them later on in life?

So what happens when we limit the common citizen’s rights to bear arms?  Does this mean the bad guys will limit their use of them as well?  Do we really understand what would happen to this country if the second amendment wasn’t there?  Our founding fathers didn’t want that to happen.  Do you realize that most homes in the States have enough stuff laying round to make a bomb?  As there is more than one way to skin a cat, there is more than one way to kill people.  The people who are doing the killing will always find a way.  The only limitation is a person’s mind.

So now we must find the core of the problem.  Is it because we stopped having prayer in schools?  Is it because a school day isn’t started with the pledge of allegiance?  Is it because of less quality family time?  Is it because of lack of respect for authority?  I don’t have all the answers, but I believe there is one word which needs to be looked at further:  RESPECT.

You want to put a stop to gun violence then start looking for the core of the problem.  As long as the “powers to be” keep us divided there will never  be a real answer found, sometimes I really think they don’t want it to be found.  Why – just follow the money and power!