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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I am not a gun lover. I don’t even like them, especially the modern high-tech weapons that are ugly to look at and even uglier in what they can do.
But there’s something I would dislike even more. I’d hate to have been living in Russia in the 1930s when Stalin’s secret police prowled about in long, black cars called “black ravens.” Whenever a black raven entered a village or town, the people would cower in their homes, peering through the shutters to see at whose house the raven would stop, to see who was next to disappear into Stalin’s gulags. The people were defenseless. They had no weapons, no Second Amendment rights, no National Rifle Association.
Likewise, when the Japanese invaded China before World War II, the unarmed civilians of China had no means of self-defense. The marauding Japanese had a free hand with them, inflicting atrocities that defy decent description.
What if Europe’s Jews in the 1930s had owned firearms and understood their God-given right of self-defense? What if the Nazi thugs on Crystal Night had been met with equal firepower? There would have been bloody carnage, to be sure, but Hitler’s rise to power might have been stopped right there.
And Pol Pot could have never rounded up and murdered 2 million Cambodians except they were unarmed and unable to defend themselves. It seems the most hideous atrocities of the last century have been committed upon civilian populations disarmed and defenseless, having no such thing as Second Amendment rights.
Americans should remember this history when contemplating what to do about Sandy Hook and the other recent killings; especially since there are many factors involved, and many more possible actions than simply imposing more gun control. For instance, almost every mass shooter in recent years had been taking anti-depressants or some other psychiatric drug, some of which can cause mania or delusional behavior. There seems to be an obvious link. Should doctors and psychiatrists take a closer look at the rampant use of drugs in treating troubled young people?
Also, should there perhaps be a study of the effects of divorce on the emotions and mental outlook of children? It’s instructive that the Sandy Hook killer came from a broken home, as did many of the other mass shooters. I believe if we as a society would take steps to strengthen marriage and the home, it would do a lot more good than any gun-control laws.
Another question to consider: How has legalized abortion changed young people’s view of the value of human life?
What effect does teaching children God did not create them, but they are only evolved animals, have on their view of human life? And then, of course, there are the violent video games that award the players points for killing their enemies.
In the end, I believe it all boils down to a desperate need to return to our Judeo-Christian heritage. How wonderful it would be if the Old Testament book of Proverbs with its practical wisdom and instruction in moral values and right living could be studied every morning in every school in America. Then there could be a prayer to Almighty God for his blessings, protection and guidance. What a wonderful effect it would have on the mental outlook of our children, and how they value and treat others.
But the only solution for violence being offered by President Obama and the Democrats is to do what tyrants have always done: steal away more of the rights and liberties of law-abiding people.
I do believe, unless there is a widespread return to God and a reverence for his laws, America will likely descend into chaos and some form of tyranny. As President John Adams said in 1798, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the governance of any other.”
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