Gun Control will not Stop all our Problems! We need a Return to Love.

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**I could easily have titled this post “Our Society is Broken” but I felt more people would read it if it said “Gun Control…” ?**

YES we need to look at our gun laws, not to disarm innocent law-abiding citizens,but to somehow look at these laws and see why they are failing to keep guns from those who should not have them! Ohhhhhh but see, that in itself is a huge problem! We will never keep guns out of the hands of those who want to do harm! They will find a way!! Are we so naive as to think we can eradicate guns from existence?  That will not happen.  So what in the world can we do?!?  Seems hopeless…….

Our society is broken and will not be fixed by simply implementing more gun control! While our laws are not working, obviously, and can stand for some looking at, this is not what will fix the problem.

Our problem is on a consciousness level.  Our people are broken. I should say so many of our people, not all. We need a return to love and that includes tough love.  We need stricter consequences as well as learning to treat each other better! And we need to teach about personal responsibility!

Should we look at gun control? Yes. We need to make sure the mentally unstable can’t get their hands on guns, but truth is no matter what we do there is always going to be a way. Sadly.  But we can do our due diligence and we should do that.  We should not hear stories of how some child or mentally unbalanced person got their hands on a gun in what seemed to be a legal way by mistake.  No. That is unacceptable and needs to change.  Consequences at the sale level.  And consequences for criminals in general needs to change, get the innocent and misdemeanors out of jail and make room for the real criminals! Jail reform and police/judge reform?  I know most of the people who commit mass murders end up dead, like 99.99%  and in these cases consequences would not matter or would they? At some level consequences (during formative years)  for right and wrong make a huge differences and will/would have a ripple effect in the long term on a consciousness level.  If that makes sense.  I am just saying we need to start raising our children/our citizens to learn right from wrong! By implementing strong consequences and personal responsibility as a way of teaching in the home, with consistency, our children, thus our citizens will be raised to understand the gravity of human life. Knowing right from wrong, reality from fantasy, the gravity of human life, this can make a difference. Being raised with respect and learning the importance of giving it and learning what it means to earn it.  And learning to take responsibility when we make mistakes; from the smallest to the biggest they all matter, especially in the formative years!

We all need to learn to practice love. Love for one another. If you think the lack of love in our society is not contributing to out current problem, think again. There is a psychological warfare going on out there and it starts at birth! With some people it begins in the home and continues on the playground where the child is reinforced with the thought that in the great scheme that is life he doesn’t matter, right or wrong he seems to lose, and there is a game to play not a life to live. We all become pawns in the game that is this persons life.  Do you think love could have made a difference? Well maybe one person loving him at home may not have been enough, maybe, but it could have been. But what about a society that is brought up in love and respect and extends that wherever they go? Do you think that could have made a difference? I do.

This is that ripple effect and I believe it is where we really need to do the work. We need to see reform from our local law to our federal, from our crooked apathetic politicians to our apathetic parents, and let’s not forget our churches and those who fill their pews, there needs to be an infusion of humanity, sacred and filled with love for there to be a shift.  Gun control laws alone will not make the difference we need to see.

Yeah I could go on and on about this subject but I won’t. And many of you may think I am over-simplifying things and I will respectfully disagree. I do think love can change the world and definitely think it can change this issue. Would it take time? Yes! I am not proposing magic (although I feel it is pretty magical) I am proposing love, pure unadulterated love for one another.  And more love, respect, and consistency in the home and at school.  More love between adults to show as examples to children.  Our children need examples of love but sadly are being raised around a lot of hate.  Hate, lack of discipline, lack of consistent good examples, why are we surprised that we have a problem?  I believe if we raise our kids in a place with love, respect,consistency and accountability we will see the changes we need to see.

This is not just about changing the way we raise our kids, it is about loving one another. In order to create a more loving environment to raise your kids in we must love one another.  Stop all the fighting! Grow up and learn to stop sweating the small stuff. Teach your kids to be grateful and to love one another for who they are and to see beyond the differences.  Teach your kids to love themselves.  And to teach them self-love you must love yourself first.  Ripple effect.  Examples.  Actions speak louder than words every time!

**My prayers are with all those affected by the recent shooting in Oregon and with all those affected by gun violence or any violence.

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6 thoughts on “Gun Control will not Stop all our Problems! We need a Return to Love.

  1. From living in an almost gunless society it is as always a difficult problem commenting on matters of tragedy such as this. This is a problem long seated in history & the American constitution which when written would never have covered these consequences of modern life, simple answers will not do, removal of guns is never going to happen that is the truth & while guns in open society with built in historical anger can only lead to one end. But there are somethings that society CAN do if they are willing & politicians could help enormously.
    Not everyone whos has committed these terrible deeds are mentally disturbed & those quick to blame this as the only answer are themselves deluding & simplifying the answer to justify a point, guns are guns designed over many years to kill, nothing more kill it is there only function to kill with ever increasing levels of efficiency & the numbers of guns in American society is mind boggling put that much fire power in the hands of untrained citizens & the outcome is inevitable.
    The inner conflicts between guns & gun control is the problem which both sides cannot & will probably never reconcile to each other’s points of view & so the slaughter will go on for many years I’m afraid.
    But all is not lost there are people who will stand for a different approach that perhaps in time will change the attitude of generations.
    As for the people who commit these atrocities we must strive with every breath to ensure that those with problems that need help receive it & are flagged up as vulnerable, perhaps government instead of trading political excuses can spend more money on social care funded by taxes that they so readily give away to multi billion dollar companies with nothing in return.
    America is fractured in so many ways but the constant anguish is always this perennial struggle to come to terms with the fact that since 9/11 gun related deaths have killed almost 400,000 people at around 30 a day a staggering statistics for a society that has given the world so much love & sacrifice in conflicts around the world. Respect has been replaced by so much anger which despite the influence of many religions has increased & until this rage has subsided these events wil continue with relentless regularity.
    In my own society we have not escaped these crimes despite being very few guns available our school children have too been murdered so we also have our demons to exercise & are not without criticism. America is an amazing society with some incredibly beautiful people but built into your society is a dark demon which lurks waiting to strike with ever increasing savagery which seems to have no answer. Hopelessness & tragedy are common in many of societies vulnerable they see injustice & deprivation as a daily consequence of their lives which leads on to anger & revenge which seems never to subside.
    To find answers & a common solution you first have to sit & talk with a respect of opposing views, if we cannot in good conscience find that in our hearts then our children will not survive & we will have failed them we must understand standing together to protect the innocent in society & help those who cry out for understanding it can be done but it is perhaps the greatest challenge we all face for if we cannot face & protect our children together then we are truely lost.

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    • Absolutely. As always I love your insight. To be clear I did not say everyone who commits these terrible deeds are mentally unbalanced. Yes, some are. But others are not but are affected by their surroundings and for whatever reason are angry.
      As you said- the bigger issue needs to be addressed. Thank you for your words friend! ❤️

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  2. I agree that gun control won’t solve problems. We need to address the root of the problem – anger. People need to learn how to control their anger and this can be done by teaching people to love. There are way too many angry people in the world.

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  3. I am with you Christine. Although the idea of loving each other sounds simple it is not so easy. I was listening to a Dharma talk with Tara Brach about practicing the act of loving kindness even when we disagree or don’t like certain people or what they stand for – we need to tolerate our differences. Peace and light to you and thanks for fearlessly bringing up this topic.

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    • Thank you Madeline. You bring up an interesting point for me – I was a bit apprehensive about posting this. I wrote it as soon as I woke up this morning, I don’t even remember what motivated me. But I wrote it quickly and just had to hit “publish” before I could think too much about it.
      It’s sad to me how it takes courage anymore to say what you feel, but in this day of technology it is all too easy to be bashed by lots and lots of people!

      And yes, even though it seems a simple concept it is one not everyone can grasp!

      I always say we should embrace our differences, including differences in opinions. It’s what makes the world so interesting! ❤️❤️

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