By Sgt. Joshua J. I am very liberal. Actually, I’ll come clean, I’m falling off the left side of the scale liberal. Most gun owners see my philosophy on life as the enemy and I can understand why. It is generally those on the left side of the platform who push for strict gun control laws. Funny thing is, I disagree with almost every proposed measure of gun control that comes out. I’m not the evil, gun-grabbing, baddie . . . Being an outspoken liberal and being an outspoken gun owner confuses nearly every person I talk to. Some just cannot grasp that you don’t have to fall solidly into being either being a right-wing nutjob or a communist (their words, not mine). This is a huge problem in our society. A lot of folks have fallen into the mindset that it’s either right Twix or left Twix and our factories just have to hate each other because that’s the way it’s supposed to be. There are valuable views to be taken from the Republican platform (fiscal responsibility), Liberal platform (ensuring all citizens have the means to prosper), Libertarian platform (personal freedom), Green Party (take care of the environment), and others. You can have your cake and eat it too (unless you’re doing the low-carb thing, in which case avoid cake like it’s the plague). I’m huge on social justice, which for me includes gun rights. A lot of liberals wouldn’t classify gun ownership as part of social justice but history has shown the right to bear arms keeps citizens and government on a somewhat fair playing field. Avoid the trap politicians lay for single-issue voting. That is why bad laws get passed. If you only vote for Cindy Bowinkle Hueydueylueyski because she promises you that you can only pry her gun from her cold dead hands, then you should probably lay down some money that she’s avoiding talking about everything behind door number two for a reason. Every platform can incorporate gun rights because they all fall under the law of our constitution. Don’t be scared away from other political parties because of a single issue. Our country is full of checks and balances and it’ll all balance out in the end.