Monday, November 2, 2009

It was a great weekend. The weather was perfect and I managed to get a lot of fall clean-up done in the yard.

Last night Ron and I got into one of our many debates. Not really a debate. He thinks I get too loud and too passionate about what ever we are discussing. I'm sure he is right. I came from a loud family and being the youngest if I didn't get loud I didn't get heard.

Ron and I don't see eye-to-eye on anything and no matter how I try to refrain from showing my shock and awe over some of his views I'm not very good at keeping my feelings disguised. I asked a question last night concerning gun control or specifically gun safety. I have always wondered what the resistance is to using safety locks on weapons. I asked Ron if he had ever heard the argument against them. What I think I heard was how it is resistance to being told by the government to use them. My feeling is that if you are of legal age I don't care whether you lock your gun or not. If you shoot yourself in the foot so be it. But....I feel differently if you have children in the house. I think you should be required to keep safety locks on your weapons. I guess I'm not opposed to government getting involved the same way they did with child safety caps on medicine (which don't always work I realize) or laws requiring children be in car seats and buckled in. Ron then said well then why don't we regulate no sharp pointed scissors in the house, no knives, etc. That's probably when my voice got louder. I was immediately frustrated.

I just don't understand anyone's opposition to attempting to protect children. But...maybe I'm missing the big picture.

Unfortunately, Ron's very conservative views and my liberal views collide on a daily basis. I will admit he has more tolerance than I do. I really get frustrated!


kenju said...

We have had the same situation for 45 years, but he agrees with me about guns, thank Heaven! I would never have them in the house, and if for some reason I had to, they would be locked and then locked away where kids could never get to them.

Olga said...

I sure can relate to this as I am also in a conservative-liberal mixed marriage. It is curious that our values are so similar, but the expression of those values so different.

Arkansas Patti said...

Oh I don't envy you, especially these days when polar views erupt nightly on the news.
My hat (if I wore one) would be off to you,Olga, and kenju.
Just think of all his endearing assets and change the subject cause you won't change his mind anymore than he will change yours.
Good luck.