So last week I read a blog post about Moms Demand Action. It was on my friend Sarah’s blog Finnegan & The Hughes as part of her #ThoughtfulThursday series.
Moms Demand Action works to prevent gun violence by educating the public and advocating for stricter gun laws.
At the end of Sarah’s post there was a list of action steps, one of which was to tweet a gun fact to a member of Congress. I thought this would be an easy way for me to be “get involved,” so I did it. I tweeted the following to New Jersey Senator Cory Booker:
— The Naughty Mommy (@linzlehigh) March 27, 2014
I put my phone down, gave myself a little pat on the back for being so political and activist-like, and then forgot about it. Until I picked up my phone 20 minutes later and saw that:
- Cory Booker had responded to my tweet.
- Cory Booker had retweeted my tweet to his 1.5 million followers.
- I had about a hundred responses from pro-gun people. Asking me for my source. Telling me I was wrong. Telling me I was an irresponsible mom. Telling me that I didn’t know what I was talking about.
Thanks, Cory! I mean, I appreciated the retweet and all, but did I really want all these pro-gun people up my butt? No, I did not. I just felt so ill-prepared.
And that’s my problem with politics. I feel like I don’t know as much as I should. Sometimes I think I don’t even know where I stand!
For example, I have always considered myself a Democrat. I am pro-choice and I support gay marriage. The only issue I have always been against the typical Democratic stance is regarding the death penalty. There are some monsters (like those who hurt children) that just do not deserve to live.
But for guns, I’ve always felt I was anti-guns…or am I?
The more I started to think about it, the more confused I got. I mean, I definitely know that I don’t want more school shootings and I don’t want guns in the hands of those with mental illnesses or a history of violence. I always thought I wouldn’t let my kids have playdates at a house where there is a gun.
But then I realized that every time we go stay at my family’s cabin in the Poconos, we are staying in a residence where my stepfather has numerous guns in the house (for hunting). I mean, yeah they’re locked away but still.
One of the tweets I got in response to mine was this:
— Tonito (@Moncion78) March 27, 2014
Hmmm, good point. Honestly, I rely on my husband and my dog to protect me. If I’m ever alone, I sleep with a butcher knife right next to me.
If my circumstances were different, like if I was a single mother living in a bad neighborhood, I would probably feel differently about having a gun in my home.
I definitely feel that guns have a place in our society- for law enforcement officers and maybe even in some homes where it’s the only way for a person to protect his/her family.
My point is that as our own circumstances change, it’s important to reevaluate how we feel about certain issues. I don’t think it makes me a bad person now that I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not as anti-guns as I previously thought. And I’m definitely not done researching this topic…
But I’m more open to both sides of this conversation, and I think that is the best way to approach any political issue you get involved in…especially if you’re going to tweet about it!
This concludes my rare political-ish post. Thank you for indulging me in my ramblings.