Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The internal debate


The debate churned within me as I watched the news last night and again today.  Another mass shooting, the second in the last seven days.  I watch the talking heads and the famlies from previous shootings arguing their positions on gun control.  I note, again, how similar their fight is to ours trying to get safety regulations in the trucking industry.

Let me say right up front that I’m supportive of at least discussing some gun control legislation. And that I don’t understand the entire complicated issue. But I do know the pain that family and friends carry with them as they walk the halls of Congress trying to get something, anything done.

Sandhill cranes in early morning light.

And who better to talk about possible soultions than the people that have born the brunt of the issue.

I don’t understand why any civilian needs guns designed for warefare. But mostly I don’t understand when purchasing a gun why a background check is a problem. So I’d like to close that loophole, even for private sales. Yes I get that a background check might not have changed anything in many of the mass shootings over the years. But there’s nothing to prove background checks haven’t averted mass shootings either.

It’s like truck safety. It’s hard to prove that we’ve saved lives. But I have to believe that the successes we’ve had at holding back bigger, longer trucks have saved lives, that getting onboard recorders to manage hours of service has saved lives. That just talking about safety around trucking issues with our friends and families has saved lives.

And geese too.

Just like background checks, we’ll never know whose life has been saved because a truck crash didn’t happen. We’ll never know how many live are saved because a background check kept a gun from someone ‘having a bad day.’

I know that someone intent on doing harm will get a gun regardless of regulations. Just like a driver, intent on making a profit can drive longer hours on less sleep and at greater speeds. But regulations keep the majority following safety protocols. And that saves lives.


Think back, those of you my age or older, to when there were no seatbelt requirements. When they started being required we protested. They infringed our freedom to drive with wild abandonment. (It was the 60s after all.) But seatbelts saved lives and eventually we adjusted.

Background checks on all gun purchases can save lives, and those of us that want to own guns can adjust.

I know, I know, change is hard.

So what was the internal debate I’ve been struggling with? It was whether to bring this topic up at all. But two mass killings in a week are hard to ignore. One mass killing should be hard to ignore. Our government needs to stop sticking to party lines and have an honest debate.


I think we are more than ready to talk about this. And we deserve that discussion.

Pictures today are from a several mile walk I took yesterday at the Shiawasee Nature Preserve. They are straight from the camera, without any editing, because my Lightroom library is still full and useless. I chose these to share with you now, because I don’t know when I’ll be able to edit again. And I didn’t want you to miss a bit of beauty during all the horrific news these days.


Let’s hope it’s a new day in Congress.

PS: I think you’ll have to click on these images to really see them, they seem pretty small in the finished product! Darn WordPress anyway. 🙂

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

17 thoughts on “The internal debate

  1. I agree with your points of banning assault weapons and background checks. One of the guest talking heads said open carry ought to be banned everywhere, and we’d like laws that protect people from domestic violence. Alright, at least can we get some productive conversations going? And then some real action to save lives. Guns and trucks.


  2. But a background check can’t hurt. It’s just one more thing that might help. I cannot understand why the Dems know they will get no support from the GOP. That is how divided we are? Just like with truck safety, what more does it take to get people to the table and talking to each other abut keeping us all safe. I don’t understand any of it. Now it’s not even safe to go to the grocery store…


    • I think we are entrenched in our preformed arguments, both sides. That’s not how you have a productive discussion. It won’t work if we don’t listen to the other side. But I agree, background checks can’t hurt. It bothers me when some people say the left is out to take all guns away because I’ve never heard anyone (except the guy running for President out of Texas) say anything remotely about taking away all guns.

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  3. I am repeatedly horrified by the deaths and by the reluctance of certain politicians [she says with a certain understated neutrality] to do something about it. Makes my already tired psyche even more tired.


  4. Beautiful, beautiful photos! I so agree with you about everything you wrote.


  5. How nice it is to see some of the beauty our world offers while being reminded of the ugly. I will never understand those gun owners who protest stricter controls. I’ve heard the “that’s the first step in taking our guns away”, yet you get a license to drive a car, after passing certain requirements, and your car is licensed and registered. Surprise! No one has taken your car away from you. Come on people! Let’s try using some reason and common sense and get past the rabid reactionary stances we take. As to our politicians doing anything – yeah, they’re too focused on their party and maintaining power to be effective at governing. Then there’s the money from the lobbies. . .


  6. I totally believe background checks are warranted AND regular citizens don’t need assault weapons. However, for anybody to think they’re going to use mass shootings as an excuse to disarm the general public — well, I can’t say I’m for that. People with mental health issues don’t need guns; convicted felons don’t either. It’s probably my Southern heritage that believes so strongly in the Second Amendment, but I’ve never shot anything but a target. We’ve got to do something to prevent this becoming-all-too-common carnage. We’ve said it before, and we’ll keep saying it. Problem is: will anybody listen?


    • I don’t think any reasonable person thinks we’re going to disarm the general public. No one I know or have heard has ever said anything about taking all guns away. I think there just need to be some common sense rules in place.

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  7. Not sure what the answer is…see something say something might have helped in the colorado case as a sister in law was suspicious:( Open carry…maybe then the crazies will know that someone will kill them before they can do a mass shooting.


  8. I agree with everything you’ve set out here, and I come from a family passionate about their gun rights. Just to let you know, I can’t click on your photos and enlarge them. I don’t know if that’s WordPress or just on my end. The pictures are all breathtaking even without enlarging. And WOW 8 Eagles in one tree….how marvelous to have been witness to that!


    • I think the picture thing is WordPress. They forced me into the new block editor thing…and the images are different than they were under the classic mode. I haven’t figured it all out yet. I am not happy with block yet, but other people say they got used to it, so I will give it some time. Thank you for letting me know.


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