What I Believe

Jan. 16, 2013 6 Comments Posted under: My Vox

I’ve had a couple of connections tonight with internet friends and internet family. (The latter being family members I am really only ever in contact with via their Facebook profile or the occasional e-mail forward.) Both were political in nature, at least to the degree that one’s personal beliefs can be affiliated with one political party’s platform or another.

The first was a statement about how Mario Cuomo has signed in new gun control laws and that my friend supports them and those likely to be proposed by the Obama administration later this week. To quote my friend in part:

Gun safety regulations are NOT an attack on the Second Amendment. They do NOT mean that someone is coming to get your guns. Those who argue such things are screaming louder and louder, spewing paranoia and even phrases like “civil war.” This is not funny, as talk like this is exactly the kind of thing that can turn deadly.

I reposted her comments on my own Facebook page. What I want people to know about gun control is that I am a gun owner who strongly supports further restricting access to firearms. If it comes that I cannot buy or sell a gun pending a background check, okey-doke. If I cannot legally own a clip that holds more than a certain number of rounds, that’s fine; I’ll turn over anything that doesn’t comply with law and thank the people on the other side of the counter for doing their job. And to tell you the truth, if guns were banned outright in America (which I really don’t believe they will be in my lifetime), I’ll bring those I have to the big hole they dig outside of town and chuck them in, and I’ll walk away with no more regret or sorrow than that they were all gifts from my father and have certain intrinsic memories about hunting and my growing up on a ranch in Idaho. Other than that, whatever. I won’t be wandering around wondering how I’ll defend myself from Al Qaeda or the crack-heads.

The next contact was with a family member of mine who sent me an e-mail forward full of statistics about how illegal immigration is driving America to bankruptcy. Some of those statistics included statements that indicated that paying for the health care and education of little brown children (of illegal immigrants) needed to stop. This family member doesn’t know me very well. She doesn’t know that my childhood best friend is the daughter of an illegal immigrant who came to America under the fence near El Paso, and who then went on to build a strong, successful business and gained his amnesty and citizenship in 1986. She doesn’t know that one of the reasons we chose a bi-lingual public school program for Junior Vox is that we believe that it will help her gain perspective, compassion, and awareness that people with different languages, countries and customs are her equals and are entitled to the same rights and liberties she is. This family member now knows these things about me and my family because I replied to her e-mail with text similar to the above and told her to not send me political e-mails again.

Yes, I tilt at windmills. Yes, I piss into the wind. But by god, I’m pissing. I am posting this here because I want some few people to hear my voice and realize that I believe these things to be true. You may agree with me or you may not, or you may have an opinion somewhere in between. Or you may not know that there are gun owners like me out there who don’t really care if “you take my guns,” or not. You may not know there are people out there who believe that illegal immigrants deserve help when they’re sick, cold or hungry just as much as I do. And I think you need to hear that.

These are the things I believe. I don’t insist you believe them too. But I am here, and I will speak.

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    Jenb said:

    Jan. 16, 2013

    You are braver than I am. I usually just hide the obnoxious facebook posts and don’t respond to them. I try to remember that there are things about the person that I liked enough to be friends with them. (OK, I didn’t get to choose my family- but I strive for harmony there too) I just don’t think I ever have a chance of changing their way of thinking. They are able to find too much support for whatever radical theories somewhere on the internet. I just quietly hope that there is only a radical minority thinking that way and hope it stays that way.

      HHenry said:

      Jan. 17, 2013

      That seals the deal. We must meet sometime. :)

      Thank you for having the courage of your convictions.

    Jodi said:

    Jan. 17, 2013

    Hubby and I were just arguing about assault weapons. I’s sick of seeing the “they’re coming for our guns” BS everywhere. I think only law enforcement and military should have them. But that’s just me.

    I’m not at all happy with our government. For the first time in my adult life I didn’t vote. Don’t like Obama (although I voted for him the first time) and didn’t like the alternative. But I still believe in America and I’m thankful I live here.

      anonyvox said:

      Jan. 24, 2013

      I cannot imagine who’d be nutty enough to sign on for the “take away the guns” duty. That’s just crazy.

    mumsyjr said:

    Jan. 20, 2013

    Awesome. I think it’s important to say where you stand from time to time, and to look at what others think, just to fight off the forces of Echo Chamber effect Facebook can have. I think if more people could let go of the idea that there is One Right Answer to any question we’d have more flexibility and adaptability as a society to respond to conundrums and crisis. Also, fewer ranty-pants derailing interesting discussions. I think it starts in school when any response is either right or wrong and there is only one way to be right (by matching the answer in the back of the book or the grading rubric). I think maybe we need to change how we structure learning. But I’m not an education major so I have no clue what that would look like.

    Morgan said:

    Jan. 21, 2013

    I’m right there with you. If there was a big hole for all the guns to go into, I’d toss in my mother’s World War II 9mm with no more protest than a hint of nostalgia. Thanks for being a voice of sanity among gun owners.

    Pissing along side you,

    M

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