I was surprised to learn that I agree with Tom Brokaw on something. As I was driving home Wednesday night, I heard one of Brokaw’s “American Stories,” in which he discussed the most recent, heavily-covered shooting at the community college in Oregon.

Brokaw suggested that we’re going to have to keep dealing with these tragedies until the pro-gun people stand with the anti-gun people to say, “Enough is enough” and find a solution. He also mentioned the need to address violence in video games and the notoriety these mass shooting maniacs receive from the media, posthumous or not.

For once, Brokaw made sense.

It’s clear that there will never be a law or set of laws that will prevent crazy people from doing others harm. More legislation and taking the guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens are not answers, though it seems to be the Left’s solution. The Left is all about taking away more rights and putting more of our decisions in the hands of government.

I’ve heard audio of the shooter’s father saying that he was unaware that his son was in possession of so many guns. To me, an easy solution to that is strengthening the family unit. Know your family. Know what’s going on their lives. It’s very hard to even accomplish that anymore, no matter how hard you try. But the point is that you need to try, especially if a member of your family has a history of mental illness. Can someone consider himself or herself a loner if that person knows there’s a family who loves him/her?

People may think that society is crumbling, but why would a society crumble? Wouldn’t it start with the crumbling of the most basic unit of society, which in my opinion is the family? Let’s start repairing families first and I think the rest will fall into place.

I’m not a parent, but if I were, I don’t think I’d let my kid play video games in which the goal is to kill as many people as possible. That can’t be good for them.

The problem with all games is that, sooner or later, people get tired of them. They are no longer a challenge nor present the same thrill. Am I out of line or completely wrong in thinking that this, coupled with someone’s mental illness and lack of upbringing, could lead some to think that using actual guns on actual people could become a consideration? 

Just because your kid wants the latest kill ‘em all video game doesn’t mean you have to buy it for him or her.

Every time there is a mass shooting, we in the media have a responsibility to report on it. However, there’s nothing that says we must spend countless hours on 24/7 news cycles discussing it, interviewing their father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate to keep it going. We can report it and move on with our lives without making someone famous. My opinion is that mass media does this to either fill air time or to advance the anti-gun agenda. Either way, we can make better choices.

Perhaps the most difficult thing to accomplish, among Brokaw’s suggestions, is bringing the anti-gun and pro-gun people together. Nevertheless, it needs to happen.

For years, seemingly ever since Columbine in 1999, we have heard that we need to have an open and honest discussion about guns in this country. What we’ve gotten in the past 16 years is one side saying, “We need more restrictions on gun access!” and the other side saying, “I have a Constitutional right to have as many guns as I please!” with no actual conversation.

Is that even possible? Is there anyone in the middle available to even start the conversation, who does not want to serve the agenda of either side? I don’t think you can even find a television network willing to have such an unbiased debate.

The pro-gun people are guilty of omitting a portion of the Second Amendment, just as every anti-religion Leftist is guilty of omitting a portion of the first. While the Second Amendment includes the phrase, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” it is prefaced with, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State.” This is akin to the atheists’ convenient omission of “nor the free exercise thereof” when it comes to freedom of religion.

I, for one, think that people should be allowed to have their own guns - as many as they want - because this is supposed to be a free country, and though we have an organized military and organized law enforcement agencies that may decrease the need for one to sleep with a gun under his pillow, what right does the government have to tell someone he can’t? If you rely solely on government for protection, who will protect you from them, if the situation arises? 

At the same time, don’t people have a right to attend classes, send their children to school, go to work, go to a movie, etc., and feel a sense of security that no harm will come to them?

It’s questions like these that need to spark a conversation. Why have we become so hard-headed and unwilling to at least hear someone out? Have we lost our powers of persuasion, our ability to compromise? 

I hold out hope that we can find a good resolution to this. It would be nice if we had statesmen, true leaders available to start the conversation, who are not beholden to any special interest group.

Take care of yourself and thank you for reading.

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