I believe that we can honor life and the second amendment. I don’t think the way Australia has handled gun rights gives adequate protection for our rights to defend ourselves from other citizens or the government. I see the 2nd amendment like the seat belt I wear every time I get into the car. I do not expect to need it, but would never give it up.
I see another path to reducing and eliminating gun crimes. I remember a story of a teacher that was at Columbine that started taking interviews of her student to see if she might be able to see ahead of time the issues that festered before the tragedy.
I am not sure how that might be implemented in general society maybe something along the lines of R U OK?
Not just a program but a light lit from heart to heart. The root of the problem is the lack of connection. We isolate, we put up barriers. We must be willing to open up. Love is the answer. What that might look like is one, ten, a thousand, then millions transforming their lives. To reach out responsibly to the humans around them. When we all see that there is no difference between you and I, mass shootings will disappear. Just as an arm would not think of destroying its own leg.
I have a friend that held up Australia as an example of how to reduce gun violence. This article shares that there is a great cost to achieving what Australia achieved. I am not willing to pay that price.