We need to look for the root of the problem. People carelessly throw out exaggerations, manipulations, and lies in an effort to justify a knee-jerk response that DOES NOT ADDRESS THE PROBLEM!
Society does not respect the sanctity of life.
A gun, a knife, a pipe bomb… There are myriad ways to take life and lives will CONTINUE to be taken as long as our society refuses to acknowledge its sanctity REGARDLESS of what laws you pass to make yourself feel good by banning implements.
Yes, about 70% of gun shootings are ‘intentional’. Gangs, assaults, petty crime… The VAST majority of shootings happen and you don’t blink an eye or care until the body count goes above some arbitrary # or affects some specific segment of society. NONE of that ends with the banning of guns. They will still get their guns because they have no regard for the laws you jump into. The shootings will continue in our schools, malls, homes, on our streets… and those that find lawful access to guns more difficult will not be able to defend themselves or others from those that don’t care about what you’re banning. People intent on taking a life will do so… they will find other means of taking lives.
But that doesn’t matter to you as long as you can say ‘I banned that implement’.
Over 1,000,000 die every year on doctor’s tables… they were ‘unwanted’, a ‘mistake’, an ‘inconvenience’… and society, you, don’t bat an eye.
Death has become commonplace in our society. The sanctity of life exists only in small groups hunkered down wondering where things went so drastically wrong… searching for an answer on what to do to fix the PROBLEM.
Something needs to be done to prevent tragedies like these. 19 children died in OK City and not a single shot was fired.
Two pipe bombs were found this last week in elementary schools in CA…
And it’s nothing new… In 1927 45 people were killed in Bath Township, MI when a man set off three bombs in a school… and society, you, could care less because it’s not an ‘evil’ gun.
So go ahead, rant and rave about guns… push for the elimination of them… it won’t stop the killings… but your petty short-sighted self will sleep better with the knee-jerk reaction.
Do changes need to be made in our laws regarding weapons? Absolutely. RESPONSIBLE changes.
Even so, without a renewed belief in the sanctity of life… I won’t sleep well without REAL solutions.
Isaiah 1 (New International Version)
1 The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
2 Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the LORD has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” 4 Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him. 5 Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. 6 From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness– only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil. 7 Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers. 8 The Daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a field of melons, like a city under siege. 9 Unless the LORD Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah. 10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah! 11 “The multitude of your sacrifices– what are they to me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. 12 When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? 13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations– I cannot bear your evil assemblies. 14 Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. 15 When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; 16 wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, 17 learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.