- Posted July 24, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun ownership in America
For me firearms are tools for survival
As the conversation surrounding gun control gains more momentum, nothwestgirl says the national dialogue needs to be elevated in such a way as to promote understanding, dispel incorrect conclusions and facilitate unity among Americans on both sides of the debate.
"As gun owners, we have a right to help non-gun owners appreciate the legitimate uses for guns in this country. Most importantly, I want gun owners to understand that they must be kind and sensitive to folks who don't have exposure to firearms," she says. "There is so much fear surrounding this issue and I think mutual understanding and respect can replace this fear if people try. Violence can be carried out with any number of tools available. Violence, not guns, is the issue here. As Americans, we need to start reflecting about the socioeconomic, psychological, cultural and political factors. Passing new laws will not solve the problem. Morality and correct behavior cannot be legislated."
- Anika3, CNN iReport producer