Today has been a difficult day for America. It is my most sincere hope that Congresswoman Giffords has a full recovery. It is with most sincere sadness that I grieve with the families of those killed today; I do not pretend to offer solace as they will find none – they will never see them again. There is no making that any better, no matter what we say.
That being said, I’ve noticed a complete disconnect between those on the right and those on the left today. We’re so quick to defend “our guys” that we often excuse the inexcusable or explain away that which we would condemn from our “enemies.”
In two different places today I’ve seen someone condemn the violence and call an end to the use of gun metaphors in political rhetoric. In both cases, they’ve been accused of being anti-gun and wanting to take away our constitutional right to bear arms.
There is a difference between condemning violence and condemning the weapon used to commit said violence.
The same people that argue “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, are trying to make this issue about guns when it is not – it is about inciting violence in the name of politics or profit and taking responsibility for it. In fact, these seem to me to be the people that are usually complaining about the lack of personal responsibility in our society. It would be nice, just once, to see someone stand up and say, “I made a mistake.” One must condemn irresponsible use of firearms in order to promote responsible use of firearms.
Those I’ve seen today are excusing violence – or refusing to support condemnation of today’s violence – in the name of protecting the right to bear arms. I’m using this forum to say, simply: Admitting that the random shooting death of innocents is wrong does not weaken that right.