Saturday, December 29, 2012
Shoot the Messenger
Fourteen years ago I was asked in an interview what I thought about the gun registry. It goes down as one of the oddest questions ever in an interview for a minstry position, but I responded saying that it didn`t make a lot of sense to me I lived in Northern Ontario at the time where lots of people owned firearms for hunting, and I began ministry in Newfoundland where just about every home had a rifle or a shotgun or multiples of both. Ì.m not against owning weapons for legitimate reasons, altough I can`t imagine ever owning one. Maybe the committee thought this was the social issue de jour, and I must say it was original. The committee didn`t ask my opinion about automatice weapons or handguns which I very strongly oppose.Insanity is the way I would characterize the indiscriminate sale of these instruments of death.
It`s a good thing I live in Canada because expressing these views south of the border might result in a petition to have me deported Ask Piers Morgan. the CNN commentator who is a Brit Thousands have signed a petition to kick him out of the country for saying that arming everyone with an arsenal meant for war can led to know no good.The concern is that Morgan is somehow violating their Second Amendment rights. I believe the right to freedom of expression still exist in America, but apparently there are lots of xenophobic types who don`t want strangers calling on intelligent people to use common sense.
When the spokesperson for the NRA calls a press conference to say that the way to deal with bad guys with guns is to give guns to the good guys you know something has gone terribly wrong. Armed guards in every school I suppose that now they will encourage militia members riding shotgun on every firetruck. Guns do kill people, ,just as cigarrettes kill people
I wonder about returning to the States even though I have family there and enjoy so many people at courses and on vacation. But maybe they would want me out anyway because of what might be percieved as anti-American views. I just want people to live without fear, for children to go to school safely.
Are you still trying to figure this one out?