reply to post by Xaberz
I really liked the way your presented your summation of the Nerf buy back, especially your compassion for the parents actually trying to do
SOMETHING. I think we all agree parents want to keep their children safe.
The way I see the problem, this group is in effect, "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" They fear gun violence, perhaps even are opposed to
gun ownership. An earlier poster said those not raised around firearms associate them to violence while folks raised to understand and use them view
firearms as protection. This is very true, I think any parent raising children to fear rather than understand is doing a great disservice not only to
the child but society as well. I do not mean they are bad people, they are frightened people.
I am very sad and ashamed our country is becoming more and more a society of the fearful. Many of the ills in our nation today are a direct result of
fear. We are afraid to offend others and our laws reflect that. We are afraid to say unpopular things and our manner of speaking is affected. We
are afraid to stand alone for what is right, so our values reflect this too. The more fearful our nation the larger this reflection of our fears
People even understand this aspect of fear and since no one wants to live in fear some look to others for answers. They seek the counsel of the
enlightened and educated, the experts and more and more of the time these *professionals* are validating those fears. These are the ones people look
to for guidance, they are looking for answers... rationalizing fear is not the answer. Making laws to validate fear isn't the answer either.
Being a mom I understand the fears that go hand in hand with raising children. Now at 50, my children are grown and having their own children, and I
see my kids struggling with their fear. They fear what is happening in and to our world and how this affects their children. I see a big difference
in this generation as opposed to the previous one. GRANDPARENTS.
In previous generations grandparents were a much bigger part of a child's life. Now often grandparents live nowhere near their grandchildren and have
very little interaction with them. Many adults my age will tell you their grandparents were some of their best childhood friends. It is your basic
fallout from break down of the family unit.
In this day and age in the United States we have been hijacked. Our news, media and schools have been hijacked by ideology...this continual
rationalizing and building upon fear. We give it all sorts of names but they all boil down to the same thing. Children are not being taught to
overcome their fear with understanding and reason, they are instead being taught to go with the flow, stick with the collective, not to say or think
or do anything that falls outside of this new norm. fear fear fear fear.
This group doing the Nerf buy back are afraid of Nerf guns! The toys are not the problem, the fact the fearful parents are not teaching their
children to overcome fear is blatantly obvious. I think the reason some of the posters on this thread are taking the stances they have is because we
UNDERSTAND the outcome of this kind of thinking.
At the end of the day this country was founded on the RIGHT to own and use a firearm, the reason for it has to do with the ability to maintain our
freedom against those who would take it away. We understand that America will remain the land of the free ONLY so long as we are the home of the
brave. Being brave doesn't mean I am not afraid, courage is doing the right thing even though I am afraid.....
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