Working on an exam for my Introduction to Sociology class, so reflecting on the current (post-Parkland, Florida school shooting) debates made me think to formulate a test question about it.
If you care about children, then you must . . .
A. Support a ban on assault weapons
B. Support arming teachers
C. Support more gun control
D. Support more gun rights
E. NONE OF THE ABOVE
Correct answer: E
I firmly believe (though have no data to prove) that the overwhelming majority of Americans debating what is to be done in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting care about children.
That we differ on the best way to care for children should not obscure this.
This if/then framing is political rhetoric designed to advance particular solutions.
That’s fine. Politics is how we negotiate our differences.
But while we engage in this negotiation, we do well to keep in mind our commonalities.
To all sides: No name calling. No demonization.
The ends do not justify the means.