“Adults choose their toys over my body. Where are my rights?”
Those words were chalked on a sign held by a ten-year-old girl at a rally outside of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention this past weekend. That will instantly tug at your heartstrings, unless you think.
What this sign really says: Your constitutionally-protected right is superseded by my imagined rights.
We already have laws protecting this child’s body and rights. She needs to ask what her rights are instead of where, because she’s under the misapprehension that her rights are violated by someone owning a gun. You don’t need a constitutional law degree to know that there are flaws in this child’s knowledge and reasoning; you just need to stop and think. Then you can avoid experiencing inappropriate emotions and going down a path of thoughts, words, and actions predicated on a faulty premise.
WHY THIS IS DANGEROUS
Another potential misfire in reasoning here? The idea that I don’t care about this child because I find fault with her protest. That is far from truth, but that’s where some people go with this debate. Not only do I care about her body and her rights, I care about her psyche and her future. I’m sad for her, that her fears have been dangerously misdirected and that she believes she is a victim of people so selfish, they care more about “their toys” than her body. I’m angry at those who feed her such lies and praise her misguided response.
Let me pause for a moment on that thought, because this child isn’t alone in her belief. A generation of Americans is being trained to believe that millions of their fellow citizens are so selfish, they care more about “their toys” than others’ lives. Let that sink in, because that mass belief will reap extraordinary consequences. Our thinking (or lack thereof) leads to our beliefs, which lead to everything we do.
It’s a shame that this child and so many others are not being educated in truth and reason, because it obscures the real issues, subsequently hurting people and pushing real solutions further from our reach. Perhaps, though, it tells us something about the real agenda. As always, thinking helps us awaken to truth.
Surely you have your own thoughts about this. Leave a reply below!