Shoot Out or Shut Down?
While we continue to pray that Virginia Tech students and families and the citizens of Blacksburg will find solace and comfort in the person of Jesus Christ who alone is our only Hope in this life, we also continue in our desire to see the general population come to a civic understanding about gun control. An understanding that includes consistency of thought and promotion of fact. Promoting the disarming of citizens while criminals stay armed is a hate crime. It shows no sense of logic and no love for the ordinary citizen’s constitutional right to self-defense.
I was excited to read about the story of Kennesaw, GA and how a mandatory arming of every household has significantly lowered the crime rates in their bustling town. If you take away man’s ability to defend himself by equal force he is left wide open for anything that the attacker may level his way. Even my eleven year old daughter has commented about the complete asininity of such a policy. I encourage anyone reading this that may be anti-gun to rethink their position.
Recently there was another murder only about twenty miles or so from my home. A disgruntled husband stalked his wife and children and rammed their vehicle to a stop, murdering her and their five year old son with a shotgun. His two young daughters scrambled to survive – one being shot in the shoulder and the other playing dead in the back seat of their vehicle. The wife did not have a weapon nor did the neighbors who were home at the time. Why do we think that an empty hand can defend against such wickedness? This man should be given the Gospel for the salvation of His soul and then put to death by the State after due process of the law.
“For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.” Romans 13:3-4
As the town of Kennesaw shows us, a shoot out in a pro self-defense city is highly unlikely when we have an armed citizenry. Attempting to eliminate the weapon of the killer as a means of decreasing his wickedness is misguided zeal for if that were to be the case we would have to also ban all knives, cutting implements, lamp cords, ropes, fists, hands, legs, and baseball bats as well for thousands of individuals are murdered each year by those items as well.
Another curious aspect of our culture that has come to mind is the prejudice against certain types of murders evident by the national media’s focus on the high profile massacres and hits such as Virginia Tech and Lancaster Pennsylvania, while virtually ignoring the thousands of murders and murderers associated with the abortion industry. 16,450 twenty week old babies murdered each year and not a peep. No one is interested in a psychological profile of the woman who does that to her own baby. No one wants to find out what sorta brain disease she has. No one cares about the doctors who live in blood making infanticide their profession.
We need to seek the face of God in repentance for such double-standards and outright cloaking of evil. We should not shut down our minds and hearts against all of the evil we see in our lives. I pray we can learn to deal with these matters biblically and soundly.
May He be merciful to us all as we seek to be faithful to His Word.
Additional thoughts by Ted Nugent found here.