Sometimes people inspire the hell out of me. That includes some of you over the past three weeks.
In my last postâ€”shortly after the horrific shootings in Aurora, Coloradoâ€”I posed a few questions for people on both sides of the ongoing debate over gun ownership. Â The public square was abuzz with many of the typical catchphrases and hostilities that typically pervade this debate. I was hoping that maybe these questions could spark a dialogue.
Boy, did they ever.
A small but dedicated group of people responded with the most thoughtful comments Iâ€™ve seen on the topic. One or two of them are involved in the field of dialogue and deliberation; the rest are people I know from other parts of my life. Most people restated their long-held positions, but at a level of detail and consideration that provided plenty of insight for meâ€”and, I hope, anyone reading these comments.
Just in case you werenâ€™t privy to these conversations, I want to share them with you. Take a look at the comments below. Then go to my Facebook page (the Timeline version) and scroll down or search the word questions or gun. Let me know if you canâ€™t find it, and Iâ€™ll try to direct you to where it is. (Facebook technology sometimes eludes me.)
Thank you to those who have contributed. And believe me, itâ€™s not too late. Please jump in.