Confiscation of guns, stripping us of our 2nd Amendment and Inalienable Right to defend ourselves and ‘keep and bear arms’ or other gun law actions WILL NOT stop murder or evil! There are many good and well-meaning people swept up in the hoopla over “just do something!” The idea that if we could just pass one more law, or close one more loophole we could curb the violence and evil. That has failed everywhere and is failing now. The only thing it is doing is empowering the evil, the criminal, and the terrorist while rendering legal, law-abiding citizens of their God-given rights and ability to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property.
There is no truly ‘safe space’ in this world! Evil lurks everywhere! In the cities and countries where gun laws are the most stringent, there is still evil including murder. At some point, it should become obvious to everyone that we have a problem and the problem cannot be solved through an academic or legislative approach. Some will immediately reject my statements, but it is a heart problem, a moral problem far more than it is a legislative problem.
Gun violence is not simply a Right or Left issue, but can become worsened by the rhetoric of either side. Sadly, the attack on the Family Research Council where a domestic terrorist inspired by a leftist organization walked into that center with 100 rounds of ammunition and opened fire. The Media wants to make all gun violence the result of actions by conservative Right-wing white males. Any honest research reveals that is not the case. There are people of all ethnicities and political persuasions involved in acts of violence. Again, that suggests it is a heart, head, and moral issue not a gun issue.
When we consider the massive numbers of legally owned firearms in America and the incredibly small percentage of those used in gun violence, we should realize the issue is not a need to restrict the law-abiding from gun ownership and gun possession. Criminals disregard the law. That’s what the word means!
The problem and increased occurrences of gun violence scream of a problem that is far deeper than any law or political jockeying can repair. Some argue that Donald J. Trump the President of these United States is the culprit in the increase. That is disingenuous and dishonest, even if it is not intended to be and stems from ignorance of the truth.
If Trump is the cause then how do we explain the mass shootings that took place in Orlando, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, and Aurora during the Obama administration? Was that also Trump’s fault? If we seek to restrict the implements of destruction while ignoring the root problem we will fail. The fact that that is the approach sought by politicians, the Media, and many citizens is revelatory and exposes the greater problem. It defines why gun laws will never solve the problem.
Nationally, statistics reveal that 80% of gun crimes are committed using illegally obtained and unlawfully possessed guns. Our nation’s capital has some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation and that city has a murder rate of 18 per 100,000. Will more gun laws solve that problem? We all know better, but some continue to argue that it is the evil violent gun that is the problem rather than honestly looking at the person behind the gun.
In the United Kingdom, a nation with incredibly strict gun ownership laws they have begun restricting the sale of knives more than 3 inches long. Why that move? Because of a new rash of violence using a knife. It really doesn’t matter if it is a rock, a hammer, scissors, a machete, a rope, a knife, or a gun the result is the same. How about automobiles used in committing crimes of violence, do we ban them too?
The Bible speaks to the problem in Matthew 15:19, where Jesus spoke of murder in the heart or hate in the heart producing murder. We need to have a conversation about WHY not simply HOW these crimes and acts of heinousness are committed. That discussion is impossible apart from morality and religion. In today’s anti-faith politically charged climate that approach is taboo and regarded as without value.
Our Founding fathers recognized the importance of faith and morality in maintaining our Freedom and our Republic. George Washington in his farewell address offered a word of wisdom for posterity. He said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” John Adams echoed that sentiment in addressing the Massachusetts militia saying, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
Just over 240 years later, our nation has dispensed of the faith of our fathers and resorted to legislation and political correctness. The failure is too obvious to miss by anyone with an honest examination of our present world and the conditions existing today. The baser nature of man is not altered by more legislation. The impotent promises of security through more government regulations provide no relief and adds more frustration and dismay.
The only real solution to gun violence or the evil that is lurking in our world is not more laws that erode our freedoms. The solution to gun violence will only be found in recognition and embracing the wisdom of our Founders, that we are human beings dependent upon and accountable to an Omniscient God. Until we see a change in the human heart, we will not see a deescalation of violence and heinous acts of murder and mayhem. New gun laws will never rise to the level of the Golden Rule and America will not be safer until we see a return to our moral moorings as a people.
Love me, hate me, agree or disagree it is your choice. I know from my own heart and life that only God can truly change the heart, mind, and character. No amount of willpower and the threat of law will achieve that objective. It is a heart, mind, and moral issue and if we give up our rights hoping to gain some security, we will lose both our rights and our security.
God bless you and God bless America. I stand for Faith, Family, and Freedom and do so unashamedly.