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Guest Column

February 9, 2013

We need to work toward living in love

Heads swirl, stomachs ache and hearts throb when violent thoughts rear their hideous heads and commit atrocious acts. Unfortunately, the aches and throbs only wane after follow-up regulatory efforts are made to stop the sadism, or after we seek solace in religion or spirituality. It’s not that the rules and religion are useless, but that the challenge to do better never goes away. Consciousness is constantly on the move to overcome its own challenges.

Because of December’s shooting in a Connecticut elementary school — killing 26 people, of which 20 were children — President Barack Obama recently proposed a plan to close background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands, to ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, to make schools safer and to increase access to mental health services. Not surprisingly, reactions to the plan vary as much as snowflakes whether they agree, disagree or sit neutral on the whole matter.

While our minds may be clear on certain issues, we still spend a lot of time weighing pros and cons or questioning other issues. I see the value of rules and regulations in the secular and nonsecular realms; however, I also see how rules stifle and coerce. I may not like or use guns, but I can see the validity of the Second Amendment guaranteeing citizens the right “to keep and bear arms.” 

Truth be told, a gun without a human mind is a blob of atoms, the same type of atoms that compose a butterfly. It takes human beings to create guns and use them violently. As unpopular as violence is in my house, I can’t be oblivious to the datum that violence is actually popular with a minority of people, even casually considered necessary. The whole scenario becomes a full-blown paradox when we see that it sometimes takes violence to stop violence.

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