I've spent a lot of time debating different issues - on this forum, on Facebook, on reddit, and in person, and I've come to learn that that people
that lean extreme left or extreme right are quite the minority, at least in my experiences - and I live in Utah, around a lot of lds people, known to
be some of the more conservative people around.
Yet I can talk to any of them, and have seen hundreds in groups talk about things like gun rights, abortions, marijuana legalization, and the like -
and the results?
Most often, those on the right will agree on stricter enforcement of gun laws, they will agree that abortion is often medically necessary and
shouldn't be outright banned as a procedure, they will agree that marijuana used for medicinal purposes might be a good idea ( especially with our
opioid problem in Utah.. ) and quite often those on the left will agree that guns are for protection and safety, hunting and sport, they will agree
that term limits and other options being presented are reasonable, and are usually quite glad to at least compromise on the medical usage of
We seem to get caught up in the details, though, and end up making no progress at all - because we have a media and a government that represent the
most extreme of views. Something needs to be banned, abolished, outlawed, or completely free and unhindered, and there's nothing between.
They are not representative of the average citizen, not at all.
We all want safer schools and safer communities.
We all want more happy and healthy families contributing to our society.
We all want to help those with illnesses and ailments.
At least, I imagine we do. If these desires do not reflect your own, let me know.
As far as the path to take to make these desires manifest... That's where I myself believe we can change. If we could let our government know that we
are willing to budge on an issue, that we have some flex space, some open mindedness, that at least some of us believe that trial and error are
essential for progress.. Well, maybe progress would happen.
I completely believe that small steps in any direction can be helpful in that we learn from those steps taken. I'll attempt to give an example, and I
would very much like to hear from those that agree or disagree.
Recently, gun rights and control have been a major topic - what if we took a few common sense steps towards resolving this issue, while maintaining
our second amendment to the highest we possibly/reasonably can?
First, we need to ensure we enforce the current laws the best we possibly can. Second, students and citizens from broken homes and with psychology
issues need a lot more attention and help - it seems while everyone is gripping their guns tighter than ever, or calling for the ban of them, everyone
forgets that a human being committed this crime - perhaps one who shouldn't have been able to get a gun - which leads me to third point, I believe
that perhaps we could improve gun laws in two areas especially- training and storage.
That's just off the top of my head - if you care to expand or refute this basic idea, I'm glad to hear from you.
Anyways, I hope that one day myself, and we as a community here on above top secret can live up to the motto - Deny Ignorance.
Thanks for reading.
edit on 3-3-2018 by deadlyhope because: (no reason given)