"See you there" responded my thumb.
The movie highlighted what many Americans have said for a while now: let's close loopholes in gun-purchasing laws and employ universal background checks. The movie also revealed how the National Rifle Association, established in 1871 in the aftermath of the Civil War by two Union solders, focused on gun safety and marksmanship for more than 100 years of its existence.
Today, the NRA's executive branch include former executives of gun manufacturers and its message to the People is that the government will take away your rights, creating a division based on fear. Is it an irrational one?
After the film there was a forum with two of the movie's producers and two individuals who lost loved ones to gun violence -- a man who lost his son in the Aurora Theater shooting and a woman who lost her sister, a school psychologist, in the tragedy at Sandy Hook. I spoke with a woman running for a seat in the Colorado State House who told me that she'd been spat upon speaking out for common-sense gun laws. (In purported defense of someone's Second Amendment rights, her First Amendment rights were violated.)
The right to personal safety should be an inalienable one, for those who feel safest with firearms as well as for those who do not, and there are clear pathways to responsibly ensure that both parties are continually endowed with the freedom to choose.
Our nation will celebrate 240 years as a republic in 2016. The days of defending an ideal by banding together farmers, blacksmiths, sailors and other folk into militias with single-load muskets have changed. One thing that never should: laws are written -- and rewritten, if necessary -- to continually serve the people, not the other way around.