So I've noticed something in the political discussion lately, and - as the title says - I'm not just picking a fight. I'm honestly interested to hear what folks have to say. It seems like many of the people who are against the legalization of marijuana are also against gun control. (This is not a new observation, I know). Both issues are value decisions: I'm for legalization of marijuana and against gun control because I believe our personal freedoms outweigh the extra societal safety banning both would provide. I also understand folks who are for gun control and the continued ban of marijuana. The following statistics are from the CDC: Deaths per 100,000 population due to gunfire: 10.2 for the US as a whole. Deaths per 100,000 population due to marijuana (direct and indirect): <1. So how can marijuana be too dangerous to allow in our society, but stricter gun control isn't worth it? Again, I'm not (just) picking a fight. Inconsistency isn't necessarily a bad thing. I find it's our inconsistencies that tell us the most about our values.