Posted Nov 14, 2019 at 1:29 PM
Soldiers are admired for their courage and sacrifice. Yet, war is mankind at its worst. “War is hell.” Indeed, war is mankind’s favorite hell. Wars are fought by patriotic and/or dedicated people on both sides, by people who want to prove they are brave.
All wars are failures, failures to find peaceful solutions.
Guns make it easy to kill — and, apparently, are often perceived to be a way to finish a fight one might not otherwise start. A desire for the power to kill easily is also decidedly problematic. Guns are tempting outlets for (violent) impulses. And guns are accidents waiting to happen.
Threats are real. Far too many will kill (or steal) to get what they want. But guns and wars tend to cause more problems than they solve.
Self-defense is a right that must have strict conditions and limits. The concept of a preemptive strike must not be used as an excuse for aggression.
One should not let fear govern. More guns being carried compound the problem.
It is murder which is intolerable. And the overwhelming reason to avoid irresponsible, threatening, and/or negligent behavior is not that one might die, it is that one might kill.
— Mark Holmboe, Rockford