Structure, Freedom & Security...
Conflict Resolution expert Dr. Robert Humphrey once said that we should have all of the Freedom Possible with all the Security Necessary within the context of respecting the Universal Life Value.
Now this is a great philosophy, but it needs to be clearly understood and applied.
Having freedom doesn't include being free to do things that disrespect, hurt or kill other people.
Obtaining security doesn't mean becoming paranoid or oppressing and bending others to one's will unnecessarily or in benefit of only you or your group (unequally) over others.
And herein lies the problem...
Because these ideas have a lot of breadth and depth and can be interpreted in many ways...
Should Guns Be Banned?
There are different ways to interpreting and finding a solution to a problem.
Take the current problem of the rise of 'Active Shooters' (or Assailants) incidents in our schools, churches and other public areas.
Some see the issue being that society shouldn't be this way in the first place and guns are a big part of the problem. They see (a large part of) the solution being limiting access to those weapons.
So, many people are raising their voice to 'restrict or ban guns' in some form or another.
Others are asking...
Should We Arm Our Teachers?
These people advocate that society will always have violent people in it and those people will find a way to hurt and kill regardless of the law. So, taking away gun rights will restrict the ability for good people to protect them selves from threats that will be there regardless of gun restriction.
And further, because most incidents end before authorities arrive on scene, that in order to protect ourselves and others from these potentially lethal threats, they need to be armed, ready to take down the threat themselves.
Same Problem... Different Solution!
Maybe we should Ban Guns AND Arm Our Teachers?!? =)
If either one would solve the problem, then doing BOTH would REALLY solve the issues right!?
No... You and I both know that doing both wouldn't alleviate the problem...
However, there is no guarantee that by doing either of them will give us a solution either.
Despite all of the differences in opinion, the common ground is this:
We Are Afraid and We Want to Feel Safe!
Both sides of the discussion may or may not have valid points, however the more we argue the more we continue to become polarized on the subject.
As we do this we lose sight of the common ground and spend more time arguing our point and creating adversaries, than working on a solution.
Maybe the solution isn't in either of the proposed answers?!
After you discuss, argue, petition, advocate, complain and vote, how much control do you have over the situation if the policy (law) outcome isn't what you want?
We are all innate protectors. It's what we do.
However HOW we choose to protect can differ as much as WHAT we choose to protect.
Leaders (such as teachers) are looked at as protectors...
Parents put their child's safety in the hands of licensed professionals to have a safe and respectful learning environment.
Even more to the point, the children look to the teachers for safety, guidance and leadership.
So, whether or not you believe in, or carry a firearm, isn't the point.
THE point is actually THREE Points...
(1) How can we move forward as a society to address the issues behind why these acts of violence are occurring with more frequency?
(2) How can we all be better protectors of ourselves and others, through implementation of policy, laws and organizational structure to change this trend?
But More Importantly as an Individual...
(3) What can YOU DO NOW to maximize your own safety & the safety of everyone around you? How can you be more of an effective protector and leader?
You should absolutely support your own personal views, exercise your right to vote, advocate for your opinion in whatever manner makes sense, however when the rubber meets the road, it is your personal decision, so don't rely on a law or policy to dictate your personal ethos, or to protect you, your kids or students in the face of violence. Do your research, train appropriately and respond as needed regarding the situation.
Remember, when it comes to discussing emotional subjects like this try to make Allies not Adversaries as you brainstorm solutions.
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