"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
Yet another mass shooting has rocked our nation.
This time in Orlando, but it could have been anywhere.
I think we’d agree that SOMETHING has to be done to try to prevent these kinds of events from happening in the future.
Unfortunately, that’s where our agreement seems to end.
Some feel we should do away with ALL personal firearms.
Others say, “Arm everyone.”
Our Editorial Board is divided on this issue.
We don’t go to either of THOSE extremes, but we weigh our citizens’ Constitutional rights against the reality that guns are getting into the wrong hands.
And it’s not really as simple as “guns” or “no guns.”
We seem to live in an environment where some people feel that violence is an “acceptable” answer to conflict.
Contrast that with the notion that we are entitled to defend ourselves from those who would do us harm.
Who wouldn’t protect a son or daughter by any means available?
If there were an easy answer that would please everyone, we’d have found it by now.
Are we willing to give up certain freedoms for better security?
Should we ban some types of weapons but not others?
If you have a realistic solution, please let us know.
Or better yet, tell your representatives to stop playing political games and become the leaders we elected them to be.
What we’ve been doing just isn’t working.
Let’s try something else.