An anti-gun friend of mine posted an interesting status update on facebook about the recent tragic shooting in Oregon. His position is that it is poor timing and thus in poor taste for gun rights activists to defend their rights in the wake of such a tragedy. Now he is obviously anti-gun and I am obviously not so there wouldn't be anything new to discuss there. That line is drawn - what are ya gonna do? But the that the timing is poor - I have to disagree.
The reason I disagree, however, is not because I am pro-gun and he is anti-gun. I disagree simply because the right to bear arms is the standing law. This tragedy is and will continue to be cited by anti-gun activists for a media/political hurricane force onslaught against the standing law. So gun rights activists are, in response, going to have to hunker down. I dont wander the streets carrying signs and running my mouth about my gun rights on days where no one is attacking them but in this situation the seemingly poor timing is actually quite imperative. I think this 'defend when attacked' equation is probably constant for a slew of political issues and is probably not affected by the fact that each side is certain their opinion is the correct one. Pro-choice activists don't show up at churches with picket signs chanting "What do want? abortions! when do we want them? now!" They wouldn't and don't have to do that because the standing law is pro-choice. But if conservatives try to defund planned parenthood or challenge Roe V Wade, pro choice activists are going to show up. Why would anyone expect them not to? It doesn't matter who's right - its just the nature of politics when dealing with the standing law.
I guess my point is - I think I am right about the second amendment and the right to protect myself and my family. Gun grabbers obviously think I am wrong and thats fine. Here we are in America with the right to have our differing opinions. But please don't suggest that because I choose to defend my gun rights at the very time they are attacked that I am somehow pro whack-job-shooting-spree-guy. Im not. Its horrible that it happend and I hate that it did - but to suggest there is something wrong with me because I want to be able to defend myself and my family from that exact whack-job is uncool. I have no doubt that it comes simply from misguided good intentions but its still uncool.
I am curious to know. Does anyone who thinks I am wrong about gun rights think I am wrong about this?