In the wake of any terrible event, I try to get the basic facts while avoiding social media in general because of its shallowness (memes!), polarizing tendencies (echo chambers!), and openness to the lowest common denominator (name calling!).
I have been re-emerging a bit lately, and trying to find some good reading on the issues raised by the Orlando massacre. Since I don’t have the time or energy to comment myself, and others have done a good job of expressing many of my thoughts, I am going to post some links to other sites that I find helpful.
I have been a regular reader of Greg Ellifritz’s Active Response Training blog for a few years now, and enjoyed meeting him (if only briefly) at The Tactical Conference in Memphis in 2014.
I was really impressed by what Ellifritz had to say about “bridging the gap” between gun rights and gun control proponents amid the political “debates” going on in the wake of Orlando, and discouraged by people’s response to his thoughts.
For my right wing friends, the guy advocating for more gun control is not your enemy. He just doesn’t want his loved ones gunned down.
For my left wing friends, likewise the dude posting all the gun rights memes isn’t your enemy either. He also doesn’t want his family killed. He thinks the best way to prevent that is to take an active role in protecting them.
Neither side wants to see more people slaughtered. Neither side wants to feel the pain of a loved one killed. Neither side wants criminals, terrorists, or crazy people to have free access to weapons (of any type). Stop sniping at each other. In reality you all have much more in common than you might think.
Read more (especially about the response to these ideas) by following the link below.
Written by: Greg Ellifritz
Source: Bridging the Gap