It’s hard to see clearly when you are crying. And you don’t want to operate heavy machinery, drive, or vote on major legislation until you can see clearly.
We mourn the tragic loss of life that occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. What captured our attention most was the fact that most of the victims were young children.
But I have to ask: are my sons less precious or less important because they are adults and no longer cute? One son is a teacher. Would his death be less tragic if he were killed outside of school? If these twenty children and seven adults were killed separately and individually all across the country, would we have less of a crisis?
The fact is that they are. In Chicago alone, where guns are illegal, about twenty-seven people—men, women, and children—are killed every two weeks. Every two weeks.
So, yes, we have a problem. And there are two basic approaches to solving it.
One approach is to try to eliminate or minimize the possible weapons that people use to kill each other. The fact is that people have been killing each other since the Garden of Eden. As technology has improved, so has our ability to make weapons that can kill more efficiently and at a quicker pace.
So people are trying to limit access to the more efficient weapons in order to limit the number of people who can be killed at one time by one person. An improvement? Yes. But at what cost?
It’s a bit like requiring every car to make a complete stop at all intersections and no car being able to drive over thirty miles per hour in an effort to limit automobile fatalities. It can help, but trying to eliminate all the risks and dangers in life will only engender a docile and fearful populace more concerned about not failing rather than achieving success.
So why do people need these more advanced weapons anyway? First we need to ask why we need weapons at all. Self-defense and protection of property. But we have police. But sometimes we need to act before the police can arrive.
But why do we need “assault weapons?” Because we can’t assume that it will only be individuals who may threaten us or that their weaponry will be as primitive as that which lawmakers would like to leave us.
When the Second Amendment was written, our nation had just recently freed itself from a tyrannical government, and it acknowledged in its Declaration of Independence that the people have a right to change their government if it abuses its power. Having an armed populace is one of the checks on a growing government encroaching on the rights and freedoms of its people.
But I mentioned a second approach to solving the problem of people killing people. This approach involves inculcating in people respect and even love for each other.
This approach requires the help and support of both the government at all levels and our public schools.
We used to teach in our schools a code of ethics based on the Bible and the Ten Commandments. We acknowledged that there was a God, that there were rules in life, and by implication we would be held accountable for those rules.
Now we teach that life is a chance event of nature and that human beings are simply more intelligent apes. Essentially life has no meaning but what you make it, but you can’t assume that anyone else will have the same values as you.
The survival of the fittest is the basic law of life. What we used to call “dog eat dog.” It’s no wonder that life has become cheap. We abort a million babies a year. We don’t regard life as sacred any more.
We have been lied to about this idea of separation of church and state, such that we have removed God as much as we can out of public life. So as a nation we feel compelled to live and act as if there were no God at all. All our decisions and actions must be predicated on the axiom that there is no God to inform our plans, direct our lives, or judge our deeds.
We are told that schools cannot teach or even mention anything about God, because that would be the government establishing religion. Yet that is precisely what our public schools did for the first 175 years or so that we existed as a nation and which, of course, we had done all the years prior to becoming a nation.
Our Founders knew that a government of the people could not and would not endure without a moral and religious people. Their objection was with a state Church as existed throughout much of Europe. All of the state churches were Christian. They just didn’t want the Federal government running any of them. But prayer and Bible use in schools were common and expected.
We believed in truth, and a truth that we all agreed upon.
In a nation that does not acknowledge God, we should not be surprised when people do things that exhibit no sense of conscience or morals. When we learn to value and love each other out of respect for God, then violence and crime altogether will diminish.