Friday, December 14, 2012

Another deadly gun-free zone and why it happened

Once again, an evil person exploited a "gun-free" zone" to kill dozens of innocent people reportedly including his own mother. Once again, the gun was blamed, as if a piece of steel and plastic has a will of its own.

The story reminds us that two of the most dangerous places to be in the US are:
1 - Near a woman with a restraining order against her violent ex. (Note: A restraining order voids the restrainee's gun rights for the duration of the order.)
2 - In a "gun-free" zone such as a school.

Isn't it interesting that two of the most dangerous places are where guns are prohibited?

How is posting an absurd "Gun Free Zone" sign on our schools any different from posting a sign on your home or business that says, "We do not have a security system"?

Ironically, gun-rights advocates were condemned for pointing out the silliness of "gun-free" zones "so soon after the [latest] shooting." No such condemnation awaited gun control activists who exploited this evil to call for more gun control.

A friend and coworker lamented, "Something has to change! I'm so pissed off. This country gets worse & worse."

Her solution: "Maybe we should follow the rest of the world, & close up shop on a Sunday or a Friday. Make Christmas & New Year's a family holiday. Follow the Europeans with a law that all workers have 6 weeks a year vacation, not 2 weeks if you're lucky! Make everyone fast 1 month a year, so they can appreciate what they have."

Some of those ideas might well be worth considering. But it avoids the root of the problem: moral and ethical behavior compounded by mental illness and drugs.

When I was a kid, during recess we played "cops and robbers" and "cowboys and Indians." Today, banned. After Christmas, we took our brand-new official Roy Rogers toy guns to school for "show and tell." Today, banned. We prayed in school. Today, banned. Nobody was afraid or ashamed to talk about religion in school or in public. Today, banned. Any adult could by guns and ammo without a background check -- at the corner gas station! With that influence in our lives, nobody shot up schools, churches, and malls like they do today. Why? We knew right from wrong. Those who didn't or wouldn't were put where they couldn't hurt anyone.

Today, the value of human life has declined to the point where we kill over 3,300 unborn children each day -- most often because the child is inconvenient! Does anyone want to blame that on guns, too?

I grew up in a day of absolute truth as found in the Bible and in writings of other wise men and women. Today, all truth is relative -- what's true for you might not be true for me. Huh? The canary is dying! Society is close behind unless we get out of this poisoned coal mine of moral relativism.

Today, prayer and any mention of God is banned in our public schools. Religious influence on public affairs is taboo. People whine about "separation of church and state" -- a maliciously misapplied phrase found nowhere in our founding documents.

Parents delegate the rearing of their children to babysitters so they can work to buy their kids "things" but not give them time (other than to drive them to soccer practice). By default, TV and video games, with all their violence and immorality, are the primary ways children now learn about behavior, morals, ethics, and even gun "safety". When people have behavioral problems, especially children (more specially, boys), we don't correctly teach them how to behave. Instead, we simply drug them and hope the problem goes away. When things go badly, we don't blame parental and societal failure. No, we take the least responsible path: Blame an inanimate piece of plastic and steel.
You use the name of Deity in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of the United States, and yet you cannot use it in the schoolroom. — Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Great Britain
I agree with my coworker that "something has to change" We need to go back to what worked: We need to get God back into our lives and into our society and to get parents back into parenting -- full time.
I don't think it's about more gun control. I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren't taught the value of life. — Samuel L. Jackson

Many of today's youngsters begin the school day passing through metal detectors. Guards patrol school hallways, and police cars patrol outside. Despite these measures, assaults, knifings and shootings occur....For well over a half-century, the nation's liberals and progressives...have waged war on traditions, customs and moral values. These people taught their vision, that there are no moral absolutes, to our young people. To them, what's moral or immoral is a matter of convenience, personal opinion or a consensus....Customs, traditions, moral values and rules of etiquette, not laws and government regulations, are what make for a civilized society....The importance of customs, traditions and moral values as a means of regulating behavior is that people behave themselves even if nobody's watching. Police and laws can never replace these restraints on personal conduct so as to produce a civilized society. — Walter E. Williams
Everyone, regardless of political agenda, who is capable of rational thought knows the problem is not guns. It is our rejection of God and His truth and a complete failure to be our brother's keeper.


1 comment:

  1. As I expected, news is now coming out that the shooter's behavior indicated that trouble was brewing. Nobody noticed or cared about him or his signals that he needed help. This seems to be consistent with most other mass shootings.

    Blaming the weapon of choice is a lazy cop-out -- a lot easier than accepting our God-given duty to be our neighbor's keeper. We ignore our neighbor's call for help at our own peril.