Let's talk about guns and gun control today.
Okay, now that you have read that above sentence, what was your reaction to it? Was it:
a) Oh, no. Not this topic again. It's everywhere today, and I really don't care much about it.
b) Yes! We need to talk about how important it is to protect the right of Americans to keep and bear arms, and to recognize that just about every measure to limit this right is tyranny in disguise.
c) Yes! We need to talk about how important it is for Catholics/Christians/others to come together to oppose the culture of violence that is present when we glorify the ownership of lethal weapons, along with violent movies, violence in TV and video games and books, and other ways that we desensitize people to violence and killing in the entertainment culture.
d) Yes! Because the Second Amendment never envisioned people owning handguns, assault rifles, and other tools of death and mayhem.
a) own or do not own guns but have no problem with responsible gun ownership and reasonable limits.
b) own guns or have no problem with virtually unrestricted gun ownership at all.
c) do not own guns and would prefer that gun ownership be much more restricted than it is today.
d) do not own guns and think that Christians generally shouldn't own guns except for rural use such as hunting.
Third question--you think that present government action re: gun control is:
a) a bit disgustingly opportunistic but probably the right sort of direction, with some reservations.
b) a tyrannical move by a dictatorial-leaning administration to deprive people of the means of keeping an encroaching federal government at bay.
c) not nearly enough, but a start.
d) a poor substitute for the kind of sweeping gun ban you'd like to see.
Fourth question--you'd be most likely to own a gun:
a) for hunting, sports/recreation, or similar use.
b) to protect yourself from the government; in fact, your guns are (or would hypothetically be) part of your survival kit for the coming collapse and/or power grab by the government, and you honestly expect to have to use your guns in this manner in your lifetime.
c) while you'd be unlikely to own a gun, if you had to live in a very dangerous neighborhood you'd consider owning a gun for protection. But you'd be more likely to buy a large dog.
d) there is no circumstance whatsoever under which you would ever own a gun.
In the interests of full disclosure, my answers to questions one through three are the "a" responses, but the answer to four is "c." This is because I am not from a hunting culture and can't imagine taking it up as a hobby this late in life, and the same thing really goes for target shooting. But I don't have much of an issue regarding people who enjoy hunting or recreational target shooting, either. It's just not where I'm from, personally.
I'm interested to hear your responses (and apologies, as usual, for the low-tech survey; I know the ones where you can just click a button are easier, but I'm all thumbs when it comes to creating and embedding those). Feel free to add comments, as well.