2017-05-17 / Community View


Can we have more ‘adulting’ please!

One afternoon when I was a kid, I angrily told my dad that I had a right to have a dog. I wanted one; dad was sitting on the fence; and things didn’t look to be going my way.

Dad stood there; sucked in a deep breath; and allowed, “Well, you may have a right to a dog, but you also have a responsibility to feed it and take care of it and make sure it’s not a nuisance for anyone else.”

The older I get and the more I think about it, the more I become convinced that our founding fathers made a huge mistake drafting a Bill of Rights, without drafting a Bill of Responsibilities.

Folks seem to spend an awful lot of time chest thumping about their rights and precious little time thinking about their responsibilities.

Yep, ya’ll have a right to keep and bear arms, but I really wish there was a line in the constitution somewhere explaining that you have a responsibility not to be a butt head in the process.

I get it - I live in the country and I expect to hear gun fire now and then. I grew up in farm country with Winchester Model 97 12 gauge and a Remington 22 long rifle. I dispatched more than a few furry and feathered friends with the pair.

But there’s a time and place for everything and midnight on a weekend isn’t it, unless a horde of zombies is trying to crawl through the window. Still, there’s a guy in my neighborhood who thinks it’s a good idea from time to time to open up with what sounds like a week’s pay worth of ammo.

The noise wakes up the dogs. The dogs wake up the wife. The wife wakes up. She wakes me up and I’m crabby. But I don’t call my local deputy because I’m pretty sure this putz will get bored or run out of bullets before anyone can get out my way.

I get it, he’s just exercising his Second Amendment rights. But I’m also pretty sure if I expressed my First Amendment rights by pulling out my old Black Sabbath albums or even Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common and cranked my stereo as high as it will go, with the speakers point toward his house while I’m shaving at 6 a.m., I’m guessing a black car with a light bar would be in my driveway before I finished my morning coffee.

You’ve got a right to bear arms. I’ve got a right to be safe and secure in my home. We’ve both got a right to a little peace and quiet every now and then.

Call me crazy, but I think there’d be a lot less wasted cop time and a little less social media ranting, if we could all try adulting a little more.

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