John Johnson Remembered

HCAT TV Show to Discuss Guns

by Mary Greendale
February 16, 2018

Do you want more restrictions on guns? Or does that scare you? Are you willing to engage on TV and share your knowledge, facts and opinions?

Can Hollistonians discuss guns in a civilized and non-threatening way? I hope so.

To that end, I am recruiting people to appear on my Holliston Cable Access TV show, “Just Thinking,” to discuss what the nation can do to stop the senseless mass shootings in schools.  I want two people who would describe themselves as wanting no additional restrictions, and two people who subscribe to the idea that more restrictions are warranted.

It seems to me that the easy answers have gotten us nowhere, i.e., more controls or better enforcement. Those answers have been offered before. Now more youngsters have died and more parents are living their worst nightmare.

I posted my request for people on Facebook and received powerful feedback,  but some folks are afraid of being attacked for their viewpoints. While I cannot guarantee that all of us who participate will not get blowback after the show, I can promise that the show will be civil, fair, and without rancor and anger.  I can guarantee that because I can pull the plug on the cameras.

But I’d really like to be able to assure people who are willing to speak their positions that the community will respect their opinions – even if we disagree with one another. Facebook makes it easy to be nasty and rude – but that doesn’t mean we have to be.

So…do you want more restrictions on guns? Or does that scare you? Are you willing to engage on TV and share your knowledge, facts and opinions?

The bottom line is this… NO ONE should be satisfied with the status quo.

So what can we do about it?

We can talk and try our darnedest to listen to one another, and if we can come up with even one or two small suggestions, then we can push those ideas along to more and more people until we create a groundswell for something that will do a better job of protecting our children and teachers.

I will moderate this panel. We can make it a live show and accept call-in questions. We can have a meaningful discussion if we start from the standpoint that change is needed – what the change(s) are – I don’t know today.

But, are you willing to join the conversation?

 

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