Let’s Start Moving Forward with it, America
“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and Constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.” – Thomas Jefferson
This quote above is an argument for Americans to always use logical thinking and mature arguments that are truthful based on the events that shape our everyday lives. I was fortunate enough to be under the tutelage of some very prestigious philosophy professors who pushed my 18-22 year old brain to its limits for four years.
Critical thinking, reading, writing, and repeat was my life for 4 years. This writing included topics spanning from systemic racism to ancient Aristotle. But, one thing remained in every class I took, and that was logic based thinking. If you spoke up and had an argument to make (which you were required to do) then you had to have a logical, fact based claim to make, and you had to be able to defend it in a mature way while your classmates challenged you.
I often had classmates challenge me about my arguments as they should have. They’d expand off my questions, disagree or agree with my questions or just nod in agreement if there was nothing else to be said. But, logic came before everything else. And if my arguments were lacking in that department, someone would always check me, and it would be an instant reminder of the fact that to get the best results, we will use logic based thinking and we will use it 100% of the time because it brings the best results.
Although this was at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, and I’m one of select few to get through this great institution in the grand scheme of things, I think it would do a justice for the President of our United States to use a little bit more logic and maturity when discussing issues such as gun control with survivors of the recent Florida shooting. I get that he seems to himself to be using it, but anyone moderate (as I consider myself to be) can see that he is not.
(Wabash College - Liberal Arts College Located in Crawfordsville, Indiana)
It seems as if he is only pandering to his right winged base to save face. What Donald Trump says is gospel to himself and anyone who follows him. Not only do I hate this but I cannot take the fact that people cannot see this action right in front of their face. It's detrimental to the country and himself as a human being, because no progress is ever made if you think you have all the answers. You have to use logical arguments to get the best results not arguments that benefit yourself and your base.
That goes not only for Trump but Democrats as well. I want to preface this blog by saying I’m not a fan of Trump but I’m also not a hater. He’s a man who isn’t a politician who takes heat every single day for the smallest of mistakes even though he is probably just trying to do his job to the best of his ability. Some of this heat is deserved, and some isn’t. I can only imagine what he has to go through on a daily basis, or what he had to go through to get in the position he is in now.
But at the same time, not every job can have people you can sympathize with and say, well at least they are trying. Especially one like the president of the United States. Could you imagine if an Uber driver picked you up and 50% of the time they took you to the wrong destination? We couldn’t just say well you tried buddy we’d need to get to our destination. Some jobs can’t have this type of person in the job.
My freshman year a Professor by the name of Adriel Trott always posed a simple but very difficult question to answer at the end of each tier of the material we were learning about Philosophy of Race. Once she noticed we understood the material, she would ask, “So when you graduate and are in the real world, how would you explain what you just learned to someone who has never studied this and doesn’t have time to study it, but has a stake in what it means for society?”
This is a question I still to this day struggle to answer. Why? Because everyone believes they have an answer to every problem because based on their experience, their life is just fine so everyone should follow that. This is a very dangerous way of thinking, but it is one that I believe is very prevalent today, especially among Trump and other people who are not scholars.
There is a war against scholars in this new administration because scholars have spent time in school studying in ways the common man or woman hasn’t, which sets them apart mentally. This doesn’t make them better than others on a base level, but it does make them capable of seeing certain things in certain situations better than others.
If I study Chemistry for four years, I will understand it better than someone who hasn’t, and in turn be better at it than them. This isn’t to say that they can’t get better at it, but it takes time! But, those people who haven’t studied and think they know it all are precisely the ones who need to stop and listen.
They need to listen for the logical thinking person who comes along and explains everything to them in a way to where they understand. They need to listen to someone who is going to challenge what they have heard and believed in the past. The problem is, these people might not already understand what logical based thinking is enough to know what’s logical and what isn’t, so in turn, you get people who are die hard Trump fans, and believe he is the savior of the masses, even though most of his arguments are logically flawed.
Once again, this is not a slam Trump article. I just do not believe he is a very intellectual person when it comes to logical based thinking. The way he speaks, the way he handles people and himself, is not befitting of someone who is. But, in another way he is very smart, because he reaches a large, strong demographic of people who hate the typical logical person who does the right thing all the time, whether logical people like that or not.
This is why when we come to issues such as Gun control in America, and we have a leader who tweets that teachers should be armed and taught self-defense, I cannot sit back and not say anything. I’m going to show some flaws in the presidents tweets about arming school teachers. Please read his succession of tweets below first:
I want to start by saying AT LEAST Donald Trump threw ideas out to get the conversation going. But I believe they miss far right. His first claim is to give concealed guns to adept teachers with former military or training experience, so they could now fire back at a “Savage Sicko” who enters a school. This not only assumes that a teacher would get the jump on a shooter, but that also a firefight would be taking place inside of a school. I don’t see how this is safer than what’s happening now other than there are two shooters now, not just one.
You also have the problem of training teachers? Who would train them? What if they aren’t athletic enough to be trained in a way that’s able to protect kids? Do teachers now have to serve as double special agents as well in the classrooms? The danger of a teacher firing back at an armed shooter which puts students in the direct line of fire is far more dangerous than I think he believes. I also think that him putting more guns in the school may just bring more problems.
What happens if a kid in the school gets ahold of that gun and unloads on people due to a lack of concentration on that teacher? You believe it would deter people? I believe it would just cause them to recruit more people to help them take over the teachers who have the guns. Or, what if the teacher who has the training is on vacation? What if the teacher who has the training has been taken out strategically first? How many teachers at each school will require training and what guns will they be required to use? How often will they need to be certified in their training?
All of these questions and more lead me to believe Trumps argument is a little fraud and skewed so that he can keep his supporters happy while still looking like he’s cracking down on a school shooting problem. He’s not taking care of a gun problem, he’s avoiding it by adding more under a false sense of “added protection”.
I know that Trump is in a rough spot, and it isn’t easy, but this is why I pasted the Thomas Jefferson quote above to share a simple reminder that, although we do have cherished traditions in this country, sometimes they need to go. I’m not saying guns should or shouldn’t be banned, but I’m asking any gun owner to please give me a call and explain why you need an assault rifle in 2018 in the United States of America if you are not active military?
Who’s life is going to be negatively affected in 2018 if assault rifles are banned other than the companies profiting off of them? And how many lives will be saved if they are banned? The logical answer is you do not need AR’s. You need, food, shelter, and water and that’s about it. If we want to be logical about this, we can see that yes there are plenty of gun owners that don’t abuse their guns and don’t kill people.
Yes, I understand this, but there is a difference between need and want, and having something that could be a killing machine which has proven time and again to do so effectively just doesn’t make sense to me. I am not a gun owner, but I have shot guns, know friends who have countless amounts, and I am myself intrigued by them. But I also know I don’t need an AR-15 anywhere near me to survive in this great country I call America.
I’m not saying ban all guns, but I am saying most guns should be, especially ones with high killing rates. It sucks for gun lovers, but sometimes one bad apple does ruin it for the bunch. In this case, several over the years.
If we don’t change certain laws then our land will become stale and we will continue to face problems. But if we all could use a little bit more logical based thinking, less party politics, and see what’s best for the greatest amount of people’s safety, I think we can gradually adjust our society, just as founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson meant for us to do.
If only Republicans and Democrats today understood this better I think America would be in a better place. They HAVE to start meeting in the middle if WE ALL want to start making progress. Even if guns aren’t banned, lets at least use logic to come to a conclusion that’s best for us all, and protects innocent children trying to learn.