Gun violence and inspiring community

IMG_4820It seems that when gun violence occurs, the knee-jerk response is to blame guns, gun owners, gun manufacturers, ammunition companies, the NRA, and just about anyone else we can; which fails to identify the true reason behind the hatred, disrespect, and distrust toward human nature, life, and death. Today we have a social crisis of epidemic proportions in the press pushing negativity and political chaos, often siding with the most powerful voices or organizations, failing to identify the true problem causing great hurt in America. As a proud Veteran, gun owner, father, husband, law-abiding citizen, and someone who takes pride in being an American; I am grateful to our founding fathers, congress, the senate, the NRA, the supreme court, and anyone else who has been willing to stand up and fight for my second amendment rights of owning a gun. To me it’s quite simple: Guns don’t kill people, people kill people as neither the gun nor the bullet pulls the trigger. There is a genuine and emergent problem on our hands and if we don’t come down to the root of problem more lives will tragically and senselessly be lost.

Today’s human nature is causing a state of helplessness in our society; creating egocentric, blaming, self-absorbed individuals lacking purpose, passion, respect, and responsibility toward their actions, reactions, and perspective. If we truly want to make a difference in our current society, we need to get back to the basis that once made this country great. As a society, we need to start focusing on critical words like purpose, responsibility, and respect; encourage community as neighbors help one another; stop being jealous; and empower and encourage each other.

It’s time to change our course in history. Gun violence is not about the gun, ammunition, the NRA, or the gun manufacturer. It’s not about race, sexual orientation, or religion. It’s about human nature and choice. In order to fix the problem we need to change our culture. Let’s inspire this country to come together, respect our differences, and make America safe and great again. We all have the power to change if we work together. All lives matter.

Brett Bastian
Brandon SD


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