by Wayne Simmes:
Once again we are embroiled in the debate over whether to outlaw guns in our society. We got here because once again a troubled young man decided that he wanted to gain attention by killing a large number of innocent children. The gun did not load itself, walk to the car, get in, buckle its seatbelt, start the engine, drive to the school, get out, walk to the school and decide to start shooting anything in front of it. But it is easier to blame the inanimate object than to blame the evil that we have allowed to permeate our lives and the lives of our children.
That evil began when we decided that we do not need God in our lives. That evil continued when we decided that it was easier to believe that we evolved from monkeys or apes than to believe that we were created in the image of a living, loving God. Think about it, if that young man had been brought up to believe that his life and all lives had value not only to those that love them but to a loving God as well, it would have been difficult for him to decide to end all those lives.
That evil has grown with the invention of media that glorifies violence and killing. When our children are inundated on a daily basis with seeing images of people being shot, stabbed, blown up and otherwise murdered as a means of entertainment, it is perhaps difficult for them to separate entertainment from reality.
I have listened to this debate all morning, hoping that someone would address the real problem but not one time has the word “morals” been mentioned. I do not care what legislation that you pass. You could remove every gun from every person in the world and if you do not change the way we look at one another people will still find evil ways to do evil things. The problem is not guns.
The problem is that we have as a whole become an amoral society. Even people that believe strongly in their faith in God are being forced to violate their beliefs or lose their ability to make a living.
No, the problem is not guns. The problem is lack of morals. The problem is lack of discipline for our young people. The problem was Dr. Spock and his idea that if you correct a child it is abuse. The problem was Charles Darwin and his idea that we came from monkeys, not from a loving God. No amount of legislation is going to solve this problem because it is not possible to legislate morality.
But as long as the discussion is about guns and not about morality this problem will never be solved.