Monday, June 20, 2016

Kitchen Table Logic

When I was growing up, our family sat around the kitchen table and discussed events in the news, in our community and even in our neighborhood. I never felt that my parents were lecturing us kids on what we should or shouldn’t do, but I instinctively would say to myself, “I don’t want to end up like that. I don’t want to make that same mistake.”

I guess that’s why I easily get frustrated now when I hear of people still making the same mistakes—the same mistakes people have made since biblical times, the same mistakes made in the 1800s, the same mistakes made in the 1900s, and even the same mistakes made a week ago. It feels like we never learn from our past or progress as a society. I like to resolve issues and not have to face them over and over again.

The first thing that happens when a major act of violence happens is, the news media rushes in to tell us about previous, similar events. It makes you realize that we focus on big issues for about a micro-second, nothing changes, and then everything carries on as usual.

Right now after the massacre in Florida, both the democrats and republicans are trying to pass gun laws AGAIN, and the media is saying both bills will be blocked. No wonder nothing is ever accomplished. And, why can’t government officials use some kitchen table logic and realize it isn’t just gun laws that are the problem?

I’m reminded of the famous saying by Albert Einstein we often referred to in our discussions around the kitchen table: 

Having two autistic boys and especially one son who doesn’t understand cause and effect, has left me scrambling over the years to try new methods of teaching. I knew that if I kept searching, I would find some way of getting through to my boys. I couldn’t stop trying.

In President Obama’s recent speech about the Orlando massacre, I was shocked when he suggested we do nothing as one of the alternatives. NOTHING! Seriously! Why aren’t they considering not allowing backpacks or large bags into clubs, concerts, or sporting events? Why not safety checks at the door? Why not harsher punishment for those carrying assault weapons? Why not banning assault weapons? Why not doing something about ISIS? I mean, do something! Being complacent is not the answer. Not if we don’t want to see it happening again.

This is the land of the free and if we don’t feel safe to go to a movie theater, nightclub, concert, hotel or even to work, something is wrong. Let’s learn from the past and move forward, knowing we have tried everything and will continue to improve our world and our future.

Cindy A. Christiansen
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