Attended a panel discussion on gun violence at St. Matthews Episcopal Church. Panelists were Tom Wine, Commonwealth's Attorney, John Yarmuth, Congressman, and Donna Hargens, Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools.
I am going to go out on a limb and guess that most of the attendees were not NRA members.
Donna Hargens provided the most constructive input, talking about the importance of education in producing productive members of society that are less likely to be involved in gun related crimes. Wine and Yarmuth mostly rehashed gun control advocate talking points, i.e., banning assault weapons, limiting magazine capacities and requiring background checks for private gun sales.
The thing about forums such as these that is frustrating is the extent to which so many people who oppose gun violence are the same people that advocate social policies that foster it. Abortion on demand, welfare programs that encourage fathers to leave, prayer and religious influences prohibited in public spaces, social policy that demeans traditional marriage, the list goes on and on. In the face of such public policy is it any wonder that we have more criminals and mentally unstable people using guns? We have a government that has created social policy over the last 50 years that has resulted in a more violent, courser and less compassionate citizenry.
Most gun control advocates need to look at their politics if they want to see why gun violence is rampant. Want less gun violence? Work to return our society to normalcy.