Barry Snell is a Senior at Iowa State University and a columnist (former) for the Iowa State Daily. A few days ago Barry wrote what is quickly becoming a viral opinion piece on gun control.Â Simply put, Barry’s column is one of the best summaries of the gun control debate that I’ve read to date, and I’ve read many good ones to be sure.
Barry outlines how the gun control debate has gone since Sandy Hook, and how we “gun people” cannot trust the other side of the argument because of their disingenuous and illogical positions, and even boldfaced lies used to manipulate public opinion. Something I can absolutely relate to.
He concludes that our country is divided, and maybe irreparably so, over guns.Â The dragon is indeed waking.
We want the crime and killings to stop as much as you do, so to my fellow citizens who are anti-gun I say: So long as you deny our humanity, so long as you malign our dignity, intelligence and wisdom, so long as you seek to shade us under a cloud of evil that we do not partake in or support, so long as you tell us that because we own guns we are terrible people, you will prove yourselves absolutely right in that we wonâ€™t come to the table to talk with you.
And there will be no hope for resolution but through victory by force initiated by one side or the other, God help us, for we will not plow for those whoÂ didn’tÂ beat their swords into plowshares.