Why I Regret Making Targeted

Honestly, two years ago this isn’t something I’d ever thought I’d be saying.

I regret making Targeted. But you probably got that from the title, it’s right there, so I guess there was no need to repeat it. Well, too late now.

I spent four years of my life making a project that, for a time, I was proud of. It was the product of years of research, thought and effort from dozens of people. It was a project that was calling attention to what I felt to be an important political issue at the time; a project with an ideology that, overall, I still endorse, one that was looking at our nation in the face of trying political times and boiled down to a simple point: give freedom a chance.

But, hindsight is 20/20.

I look back now on those years and this project, and I wish that I could do it over again. Firstly, hear me say very clearly that I am still pro-gun and I am staunchly Libertarian. I have a hard time with Conservatism and the ways that it has manifested itself in our culture today. Unfortunately, what we’re seeing now under the Trump administration is the result of years of divisive politics that gave American’s an excuse to not listen to each other. Everyone looked for ways to point fingers, we searched for methods by which we could confirm our own bias, and on a small level, Targeted was part of that. Fortunately, Targeted’s reach was limited. But it still had a reach. And I wish it hadn’t.

So, I regret making Targeted. I regret that it was fundamentally biased toward a particular viewpoint. I regret that it lacked empathy towards anyone that wasn’t a supporter of the Second Amendment, instead judging their motives as evil. I regret that it was endorsed by someone who said that Rosa Parks’ contribution to civil rights was “absurdly inflated.” I regret that it was endorsed by someone who’s sense of class prompted him to compare pictures of Hillary and Chelsea with pictures of Melania and Ivanka with the caption “Make America Hot Again.” I regret that it lacked any empathy towards people that have lost loved ones to gun violence. I know that facts are facts, but I also know that the fact remains that people die through gun violence every day. I don’t understand that experience, and I hope I never will, and while I still think freedom is the best form of government, I can’t judge the people like the Sandy Hook parents.

Saying all of this doesn’t mean that I’m anti-gun, I’m not. It doesn’t mean that I hate the NRA, (but I kind of do). It doesn’t mean that I don’t think that this is an important issue still, all issues of freedom are important. All it means is that I regret this project, and I wish that it wasn’t what it was.

I can’t change the past, but you can be pro-freedom and still pro-person. Regrettably, I didn’t find the right line.

But hindsight is 20/20 and hindsight can inform the future.

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