What state truly needs

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

“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.


Lit­tle Rock

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