The big problem today is that even one individual acting out and making the headlines as a result will become the poster child for all.
We also have the simple math showing an overwhelming majority of democrats in or running for office want to severely curtail or even eliminate our firearms and self defense rights.
It’s a touchy subject since there are a lot of rank and file democrats that support lawful carry and possession of firearms at least to some degree, but they keep voting for people that are way out of step with themselves and certainly everyone to the right of themselves when it comes to gun and self defense rights for the most part.
Unfortunately the two major parties control every aspect of the electoral process which leaves almost no room for third party candidates except those like Trump who can successfully co-opt and hijack one of the two for their own purposes.
Unfortunately it’s next to impossible to discuss politics at all today much less hot button issues like 2nd Amendment and Self defense rights without stepping on a lot of toes and offending some but we do our best here to walk the line.
One last thought. A signature line I’ve used online for many years. Give it some thought.
“Without the 1st and Second Amendments the rest of the Constitution is meaningless”
When we surrender our rights protected by either to majority whims in the name of “public safety” or “the common good” we are cracking the very foundation that the entire constitution and BOR rest upon so we must I think always remain very guarded and protective of them.
When people surrender their rights at the ballot box they usually are gone forever unless and until they can be won back through violence and I’d hate to ever see our country devolve again to such a point because I don’t believe it could survive as currently constructed and would likely be fractured into four or five new countries aligned in probably two different federations/confederations.
At least one member of each generation of my family has served in every war fought in what is currently the US going back to the early 1700’s and we have sacrificed a lot to become part of and to then preserve and protect the greatest political document in history; The United States Constitution.
We can have constructive conversations on the subject but we have to first divorce ourselves from our emotions and emotional reactions in order to have such a constructive and educational conversation. Again and I hate to overuse the word but unfortunately that is becoming ever more difficult to do even among academics and constitutional “authorities”.
I’d love for anyone to come up with a way we can return to a more rational and less emotional discussion of such issues because it would go a long ways towards healing the “growing Great Divide” we have in this country.
Our constitution was never intended to be a suicide pact but if we keep allowing ourselves to be manipulated by the extremists that’s just what it is going to become.