What state truly needs
“Wisdom lies in thinking about the future consequence of our actions.” This sentence popped out of something I was reading after I read Governor Hutchinson’s Thursday guest-writer Voices piece and Friday’s article about the Las Vegas gun show in the business section.
The governor’s initial position was one I can abide—the heritage of hunting in Arkansas. You can have your hunting instruments—without those attachments rendering them automatic, please. He lost me when he went on, with pride, to say that in 2016 Arkansas was the third most gun-friendly state in the United States. He continued to brag that our state has had great success in expanding the firearms and ammunition industry. The Friday article stated that Arkansas ranks eighth in dependence on the gun industry. This ranking is based partially on gun prevalence and gun politics.
My thoughts are that given the families I see in tears after one more gun-related death, could our governor see the irony in extolling the firearms and ammunition industry while there are so many Arkansans being negatively impacted by gun-related tragedy? I hesitate to mention that with recent legislation expanding the presence of guns on our college campuses and perhaps even in our churches, we will increase these tragedies.
So I repeat—wisdom lies in thinking about the future consequence of our actions. Arkansas could use a good dose of wisdom.