Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Gun Control

Recent events have kept me from investing much time in writing my own thoughts. However, I have enjoyed reading and posting the thoughts of others when I'm not busy. Today's post includes a snippet from Ron Paul's latest Texas Straight Talk article about gun control.

Gun control advocates tell us that removing guns from society makes us safer. If that were the case why do the worst shootings happen in gun free zones, like schools? And while accidents do happen, aggressive, terroristic shootings like this are unheard of at gun and knife shows, or military bases. It bears repeating that an armed society truly is a polite society.

The fact is that firearm technology exists. It cannot be uninvented. As long as there is metalworking and welding capability, it matters not what gun laws are imposed upon law-abiding people. Those that wish to have guns, and disregard the law, will have guns. Gun control makes violence safer and more effective for the aggressive, whether the aggressor is a terrorist or a government.

Ron Paul in Gun Control: Protecting Terrorists and Despots

Now, I'm not sure that "an armed society truly is a polite society." As I read that phrase, I immediately thought of our country's history called the Wild West. Was that society more polite than today? I'm not so sure. But his point about no problems at gun shows is quite interesting. Criminals must have some smarts after all.

So, what's the answer here? I'm thinking that the biggest need is for people to stop rejecting God's ways as revealed in the Bible. Follow my thinking for a minute. If people would follow Jesus' admonition to "love the Lord your God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself," things would be a lot different. But America doesn't want that. As a wholte, we have chosen to walk away from our nominal allegiance to God and what was once a Bible-based morality. Instead, we have chosen a slow spiral into a self-centered attitude which ultimately leads to the type of anger-fueled crime that we see so often in the news. It's sad, but without Jesus what should we expect?

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