The Right to Life and Love

Photo taken from The Christian Science Monitor

If we could all just learn to love each other despite our differences, this world would be a better place. You don’t even have to agree with someone on anything to love them as a human being. When someone uses violence out of fear and hate against love, the community at large tends to come together. While terrorism can succeed in leading to change, usually what happens is we come together. The best way to fight terrorism is to not give in to it. Continue to live your life in defiance. The greatest revenge is to live well.

Conan O’ Brian made a statement last night about gun violence and the terrible shooting Sunday morning in Florida at Club Pulse. (Click here to donate to the victims of the shooting). He gave support to a ban on assault weapons. Once again the debate over gun control is at the forefront. Many of us have deep emotions and opinions about guns. Hopefully as a nation we can finally have that civil and productive conversation about gun violence, instead of what we usually have, a lot of shouting. Maybe we can actually do something significant about gun violence. I’m not holding my breath, but I still have hope.

Saying that guns are not part of the problem is frustrating to me. I understand that many are afraid of losing the second amendment, but that is highly unlikely to ever happen. What we can do is ban military style weapons. They aren’t designed for civilian use and I’m sure law enforcement agencies would be happy to have them gone. I get that there are a lot of people who want to have a gun to defend themselves, but you don’t need an AR 15 to do that. Usually when we have this conversation it feels like one side care more about guns than human life. Is that fair? Maybe not, but I’d comes off that way.

I feel a personal connection to the LGBTQ community. While I am heterosexual, when I was a kid, the other children often called me offensive names, like homo, fag, gay, etc. I questioned my own sexuality for many years after that before I realised I was straight. While I don’t pretend to know what it is like to be LGBTQ, I try to empathize. I’d like the LGBTQ community to know that I support them. We mat never see a time where this type of violence will cease to be, but we can hope. Love trumps hate.


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