Recently I read something about how we shouldn’t judge all Muslims by the horrible acts of a few. The statement went on to suggest that the same consideration be given to gun owners. That got me thinking and so I have decided to re-write history. I have taken some of President Obama’s comments about respecting Muslims and changed them to show respect of American gun-owners. So here is what he should be saying about all of us:
“The Rohingya American gun owner … hold within themselves the same dignity as you do, and I do.
“what I’ve said, and I think Hillary Clinton has expressed this in her confirmation, is that if we are looking at the region country as a whole and communicating a message to the Arab world and the Muslim American gun-owner world, that we are ready to initiate a new partnership based on mutual respect and mutual interest, then I think that we can make significant progress.”
“my job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim American gun-owner world that the language we use has to be a language of respect.”
“the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim gun-owner world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”
“I’m not going to agree with everything that some Muslim leader gun-owner may say, or what’s on a television station in the Arab gun-owner world—but I think that what you’ll see is somebody who is listening, who is respectful.”
It is true that we have to change our behavior in showing the Muslim world American gun-owner greater respect, and changing our language and changing our tone.”
“I have made it clear to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran gun-owner that the United States seeks engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect.”
“I also want to be clear that America’s relationship with the Muslim gun-owning community, the Muslim gun-owning world, cannot, and will not, just be based upon opposition to terrorism gun-ownership. We seek broader engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect. We will listen carefully, we will bridge misunderstandings, and we will seek common ground. We will be respectful, even when we do not agree.”
“government of the people and by the people sets a single standard for all who would hold power: You must maintain your power through consent, not coercion; you must respect the rights of minorities gun-owners.”
“America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world country, even if we disagree with them.
Like so many other immigrants, generations of Muslims gun-owners came to forge their future here: They became farmers and merchants, worked in mills and factories. They helped lay the railroads. They helped to build America. Today, our nation is strengthened by millions of Muslim gun-owning Americans. They excel in every walk of life.
And finally, one I didn’t have to re-write. But it would be nice if he simply felt this way about all of us and not just his chosen few:
“I believe we can have a dialogue that’s open, honest, vibrant, and grounded in respect. And I want you to know that I’m personally committed to a new chapter of American engagement. We can’t afford to talk past one another, to focus only on our differences, or to let the walls of mistrust go up around us. Instead we have to listen carefully to each other. We have to focus on places where we can find common ground and respect each other’s views, even when we disagree. And if we do so I believe we can bridge some of our differences and divisions that we’ve had in the past.”