“Be consoled that you are winning the battle.” – Pt. II
That’s a quote from journalist Laura Washington in an email to me concerning the current status of the gun control battle.
Bear with me here, it’s a pertinent quote.
Back in December of 2005 while listening to NPR one Saturday afternoon, I heard a plea from the editors of Weekend America, which I wrote about that very day. At their website, WeekendAmerica.publicradio.org, they had posted this:
Early next year, we’ll take on the hot-button topic of guns and gun control. No doubt, you probably have a few questions of your own. We’d like to hear from you.
I invited my readers to respond. I certainly did. Ever since I’ve been getting weekly emails from them, telling me what will be on the upcoming show.
As far as I know, they never did run that piece on the topic of gun control.
But they’ve got an interesting one coming up this weekend! Get this:
Buy a Gun. Find Peace.
The first firearm Eric bought was a Ruger MK II pistol. It changed his life. According to Eric, owning the gun has made him think long and hard about the responsibility. And believe it or not, owning a firearm has brought calm to his life. Shooting at the range helps him take a step back from his hectic life and breathe deeply — it’s almost zen.
That sounds remarkably like the comparison Emily Yoffe made in another NPR piece between shooting and yoga.
We are winning the battle. This does not mean, however, that we can pack up and go home now. It ain’t over. It’s never going to be over. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
I think I’ll try to listen to the show this weekend. If I miss it, I’m sure that segment will be available as a podcast.