Apart of me feels that when I share what I stand for or what I believe in...dies. It dies a little whenever I express it or choose to stand on it. The floor begins to feel like shifting sand and wants to swallow me whole. For example, I believe in the right to bear fire arms. I don't believe that guns are bad and I don't believe guns kill people or are the reason or issue to be fought over. Bad people will do bad things. Mental issues will lead to acts of hate. Guns don't have a choice because they are an object. Humans have choice and they are always in conflict. Do I think its right that kids at schools today, have to be in fear now of their safety? No! But we cannot shelter our children from seeing that the world has ugly in it. Do I think that we need a higher state of vetting in order to bear a firearm? Yes! Those that want to proporly and respectfully own and gun in the right ways should. Do I think we should take away rights of Americans, through "a vote", who are good and have guns for; self protection, hunting or out of hobbies? No! In my same breath I also state that if you are a gun owner and feel that you have more power over someone because you have a gun, I think that you are evil. Yes, you have a feeling of power or control because you have a gun. But to use that power or control because you feel inadequate or are feeling "threatened" by a personal preference of yours. You have a mental issue and maybe shouldn't own a gun.
The line gets sticky. I digress.
Do you see what I mean when I start to explain a belief? I even begin to wonder what I am trying to stand on. Freedom? Protection? Rights? Life? Good vs Evil? Its a whole web of...sand. We do need to talk about beliefs. But as a conservative, I can only encourage myself to have an open mind. To stand on a side of the spectrum and be willing to listen. I would only ask the same of others who might see things differently.