Thinking Out Loud About Discussions
Discussions. Lately, people are talking about the time being right for discussion about gun control, discussion about race relations, discussion about police reform.
People have discussed these things for decades if not longer. In my opinion, there are no resolutions because people do not go to the foundation of the issues.
The second amendment? An argument can be made that when it was written, it was for the protection of this country against other countries because the U.S. did not have organized Armed Forces. In that argument, it can also be said that guns then are not the guns that exist now.
Regarding race relations, there are many foundational problems including ignorance and prejudicial assumptions. The experiences of minorities are generally diminished . Once comparisons start, it is no longer a discussion but a competition of which is the better race.
Regarding police reform, more than a handful of times on this blog, I’ve mentioned that in cases where police officers are charged, that they are tried on an abuse of discretion standard and not beyond a reasonable doubt standard. Prosecutors do not have to prove that an officer killed a citizen. Rather, they have to prove that the killing was not reasonable. Loads of lawyers who practice appeals know how difficult it is to get reversal on trial court decisions under the abuse of discretion standard.
With foundation comes motivation. What motivates people to own guns? What motivates people to concern themselves with other races? What motivates people to apply to join law enforcement?
We might find that discussions on race relations, gun control and police reform have one thing in common.