Patriotic American


Patriotism (Photo credit: Brian Sawyer)

I am a patriotic American who loves my country as much as anyone else, and I am grateful for the life I have led. I don’t hate Barack Obama and/or Muslims, and I support restrictions on gun ownership. I expect that these positions will cause some readers of this post to disagree with my patriotism. So be it.

When we were expecting the birth of my son in May, 1982, I began thinking about how I could keep him safe from random violence and how to ensure that he had a better life than I did. The normal concerns of any parent. I have had a very good life, so my goal for a better life for him was and is a lofty target. I did much of my thinking while I was at work in a hospital and in a hospital ER. Some of my conclusions are contained in the longest post that I have ever written, What I learned.

After much thought, I came to the conclusion that my goals for my son were not attainable for one person or a limited group alone. A good life and freedom from random violence must be attainable by all or they will be denied for many. Therefore, I will advocate equal opportunity for all with private and government assistance to assure a level playing field. Much of the violence in our society is the result of some having too much and many having too little. I will also advocate restrictions on gun ownership because there are too many guns in the US and many are in the wrong hands. The owner of an arsenal of guns is not safe from someone with a quicker draw.

Bill Cosby lost a grown son, who had everything, to a stranger with a gun who wanted some of what he had. Even the most fortunate among us can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Shootings in our ghettos don’t receive the attention they merit from the majority. Please remember that violence among the disadvantaged may not remain only among them. All of us are potentially at risk.

Please see Fear | What I learned | Love thy neighbor | Saving America