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Folks who know me well understand that, politically speaking, I’m a raging moderate. It’s a result of spending the better part of 20 years working on various public policy issues for government and the private sector. What I learned is that there are usually rational, logical arguments that can be made for or against most any bill or policy.
With that background, it’s hard for me to be a self-righteous zealot or a hardcore supporter of a political party. (Unless they’ve created a Pragmatist Party I’m not aware of.)
However, there is one issue where I’m firmly planted on one side. That’s the issue of gun control. On the Second Amendment, I will not budge from my unwavering support of citizens to own and carry guns.
Others have written about this issue in more depth and with greater eloquence, but I’m compelled to add my two cents – or in this case, three reasons – why I cannot support efforts to weaken our Second Amendment protections. (And, none of them have anything to do with hunting!)
Our right to own and use firearms is not a privilege that is given or taken away by government. It is one of our fundamental rights as citizens and one that we must never allow to be stolen from us in the name of safety or reducing crime. And, yes, I feel that way about our freedom of association, worship and speech as outlined in the First Amendment, our protections against unlawful search and seizure and all of the other rights we enjoy as Americans. Let them slip away and we will never get them back.
Does this make me some right-wing gun nut? No, because I’m not a right-winger. However, I’ll wear the “gun nut” label with pride.