I wanted to post something about this latest incident but I wanted to wait. I wanted to take some time for everything to settle down a little before I decided to dip my toe into the waters of this issue.
It seems, however, that this latest incident was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Concerned gun owners (myself included) continue to defend our Second Amendment rights to own a firearm. Liberals continue to chip away at the right, under the guise that it will make everyone safer if there were no one owned a gun.
Here’s the problem: the criminals will still have guns.
You can restrict gun sales, you can limit the capacity of the magazines, you can ban semi-automatic guns, etc. The criminals will still have them.
But the heart of the issue is why people commit these acts in the first place.
Do they have a mental disorder? Are they on some kind of psychiatric pharmaceutical? Was there a missing father figure when they were growing up? Or was it something deeper?
And please understand that I’m not making light of any of these issues.
What do I think is at the heart of some of these incidents?
Or, better put, a lack of God.
God used to be part of every day life back at the start of this great country. He was in school. Prayer was part of the school day. The Bible was taught in school.
Prayer in school was banned by the Supreme Court in 1963. Since then, I believe that the moral compass of this country has been steadily pointing in the wrong direction.
Back in the day (for me, that’s a while ago), things were a lot different. The climate in school was different. Much more mannered and considerate. Sure, you still had your occasional playground scuffles but nothing like we’re seeing today. Television programs were a lot different, too. Couples used to sleep in separate beds. But now, in 2018, you can see half naked couples romping around all over the TV screen.
Now, I’m not saying that these things are an influence on today’s kids. There are a number of studies which show that violence in things like video games aren’t a factor in how a child develops.
What do we need to do going forward? Get the parents more involved in their kid’s lives. Talk to them when they get home from school. Be interested in their day and mean it.
And make sure that God is a big part of your life. When God is removed the both the public and private squares, then immorality follows:
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.” (Romans 1:28)
If you or your family don’t know Jesus, then I would suggest that you give your life to Him. No matter the family situation or the difficulties you might be going through, Jesus can help you through all of it. Nothing is beyond His ability to heal.