How Do We Respond in These Troubled Times?

“The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it.” Anyone who is a Tolkien fan will recognize these words from Galadriel’s monologue at the beginning of the Fellowship of the Ring.

Those words send chills down my spine, and they echo in my mind as I look at what is happening today with the deterioration of the Constitution and with the gun control conflict that is escalating between Obama and advocates of gun ownership and the second amendment.

Our country has changed, and not for the better. I feel it everywhere. In the tone of the dialogue. In the force of the process. In the loss of the balance of power in our government. I smell it in the cowardice of politicians incapable of opposing such actions bravely and nobly. I smell it in the fear of those typing away in social media expressing their concerns about what the administration is doing—me included.

I fear tyranny. I fear control. But I also fear over-reaction. Antagonism. Violence. Opportunity for more control spurred by a foolish response.

As we take a look at and react to what the president has proposed about gun control, I would like to hear from rational, intelligent, and, yes, passionate, people about what our response should and should not be to Obama’s methods, actions, and goals. These are serious times and serious times demand measured responses—not weak responses, but strong, responsible ones. What should that look like? What shouldn’t it look like?