Gun Control

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Okay, here goes…

I’ve got a bad cold and a lot on my mind these days and therefore, haven’t been sleeping very well. While driving my nineteen-year-old son to work early this morning, we got into a rather intense conversation over gun control. Me for, him against.

I am a middle aged woman, who’s lived in three countries, had two husbands and  raised six children. In no way do I feel as if I’ve lived a sheltered life and yet I have never held, or shot a gun. Anyone with a gun in their hand has the ability to kill and that frightens me! If I had been raised around guns, who knows, maybe I’d feel differently. But I wasn’t and I don’t.

My son, like myself has never held a gun, he is a quiet and soft hearted individual and yet we found ourselves on opposing sides this morning. He argued that we need guns for protection and that surveys show, there is less crime in places where people are armed. He was basically saying that most problems could be solved if everyone carried a gun. I disagree.

I lived in a violent relationship for twelve years and strongly believe if there had been a gun in the house, someone would have been hurt, maybe even killed. I also believe that most break-ins, robberies and rapes happen without warning and unless you have a gun strapped to your hip 24-7, it may not help to own one. We have all seen what happens when guns fall into the wrong hands and there are a lot of ‘wrong hands’ out there! How do we control that? By arming teachers? Movie theater attendants? Who knows, maybe one of them is crazy…

I’m not calling for a ban on all guns, I don’t have any answers. I’m just a mother and I worry.

I did not write this post in hope of starting a heated debate on the pros and cons of carrying a gun. I wrote this post for my son to read in his own quiet voice, instead of hearing me yell like I did this morning. For this reason, I’m asking for NO comments today. Thank you!

About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on January 8, 2013, in Family stuff and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.

  1. I know you’ve asked for no comments and I’m sorry to break the rule. I just wanted to say that I hope you’re feeling better soon. I also wanted to say that I think this is a really interesting and important post. Now go and wrap up warm and drink lots of tea. :)

  2. annie siersema potter

    sorry to break your rules too maggie.. sorry to hear you are sick, feel better! i read in one of my magazines that honey and cinnamon works well. i also had a cold over the holiday and took zinc to help fight it off! but as a mom we know that rest and letting it run it’s course is how it goes! wish i could drop in to have a cup of tea and a chat, i know it would make me feel better! xoxo

  3. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    No comments wanted or not, you’re getting mine….THANK YOU! Said simply and correctly. God bless your mother’s heart & soul.

  4. Feel better, Maggie. I’ll honor your request for no comments but will say I support you in this argument.

  5. Being a NJ girl, we are all rebels. I know you didn’t want comments but after reading your post, I had to. I soo totally agree with you!!! You said everything I was thinking. Hope you feel better soon!!!!!!! Rest, tea and warmth :)

  6. What, no comments! I’m a rule-braker too… :)

    Hope you are feeling better, it seems there are several feisty bugs circulating around Norway, me and my daughter have got our share too.

    And on the gun control issue, I’m 100% with you in this one.

    But the main reason I’m here is to wish you Happy New Year, albeit it comes little delayed!

  7. Thank you and Happy New Year to you too!
    I really don’t mind all these nice comments, I was just afraid people would start arguing with me on this one…

  8. My prayer is for a world at peace. Many think it is a futile dream. Yet, I will continue to pray and believe and live and love. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.” Excellent post!!

  9. Hmmm seems everyone is breaking rules today hope you feel better soon I got a cold feel fine except for a sore throat

  10. bravo

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