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Lawlessness is the growing rule of our day. Recent acts of evil in El Paso and Dayton once again focus our attention on violence in America. Those with an agenda know that mass shootings make headlines and are quite effective at stirring emotions for political cause.
“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff for president, Barack Obama
So is it as the liberal media and politicians claim that the proliferation of firearms availability coupled with increasingly lethal weapons technology are to blame for our woes?
If so, why now? Mass shootings are a relatively new phenomenon in America. We didn’t use to have this sort of thing. What changed?
Not firearms availability. Americans have had unfettered access to firearms since before we were even a nation. Prior to the 1968 Gun Control Act, firearms could be mail-ordered or purchased like any other commodity without background checks or paperwork. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) wasn’t even founded until 1972.
Today over 20,000 federal, state and local gun control laws are in effect across the breadth of our nation. Guns require more effort today to be legally obtained than at any other time in our history. So availability of firearms isn’t the issue. What about guns being more lethal today than yesteryear?
Current cartridge (bullet) technology is over two hundred years old, the first integrated cartridge being invented in 1808. This development allowed for repeating handguns and rifles (revolvers, bolt and lever action rifles) instead of the single shot weapons of earlier vintage. Semi auto and full auto weapons were developed in 1885. Up until the 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA), the purchase of fully automatic weapons was the same as any other firearm. No mass shootings back then and much lower crime rates than today. The same basic gun designs have been in effect for over one hundred years. Again the question, so what’s changed? The answer should be obvious. We’ve changed.
With the introduction of Modernism (liberalism) into the church in the 1920’s, heresy and apostasy became mainstream, the church losing its moral influence in society even as it lost its own moral bearing. Then came the 1962 Engel vs Vitale Supreme Court “ruling”, removing prayer from public schools. The following year saw the 1963 Abington vs Schempp Supreme Court opinion which removed Bibles from public schools. Two constitutionally powerless court dictates nevertheless accepted as law by self-serving politicians, an apathetic society and the cowardly church. The years 1962-1963 became a turning point in America. Crime rates, unwed pregnancies, divorce, substance abuse, suicides, school drop-out rates, domestic violence; all of these numbers began to increase significantly after God was removed from schools. The only thing that went into decline was SAT scores.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
Those that despise wisdom and instruction control our education system. Today children are taught that there is no Christian God and thus no moral absolutes. There is no right or wrong, just one’s feelings to determine what might be right or wrong for you. The result is moral anarchy. Biblical morality is openly despised. Tolerance, the creed of liberalism, only applies to liberal ideas. Consequently, kids are conditioned to violently oppose Christian ethics and conservative thought. They’re also taught that human life means less than that of animals. Save the whales, kill the unborn. This is the culture of death that’s been created for us through our silent assent. An innocent child goes into the public indoctrination/education system and is stripped of moral compass and conscience. Confusion is openly encouraged to the extent that some don’t even know what gender they are. These relentlessly brainwashed grow into self-absorbed, immature, restless, spiritually void and emotionally unstable adults. What else would they be?
Then we wring out hands and wonder “why?’ when one of these created monsters goes on a killing spree. Such an outcome is perfectly predictable. Satan knows this, liberal planners know this, and so should we. Please understand, the liberal puppet masters in government, media and academia don’t care who or how many have to die. Their feigned compassion and/or outrage is a political strategy for public consumption, nothing more. We’re assured that the best way to protect us from ourselves is to take away our ability to defend ourselves from the maniacal change agents they’ve seeded into society.
In response we end up trying to debate the facts of gun control legality and efficacy with those who couldn’t care less about such things. They of the desperate “we need to do something!” mantra, even if that something is demonstrably ineffective, and worse, an anathema to a free nation.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” – Benjamin Franklin
What we miss by allowing the America-haters to frame the debate is that the very position they attack from, liberalism, is the moral plague that’s led to the death and destruction we see in our streets today. The spread of liberalism is what’s turned the minds and hearts in America away from the Christian worldview that once was taught in our schools, predominated in our communities, and kept us safer by virtue of our shared morality. The availability of firearms doesn’t change a person’s heart. Sin does. Sin is the problem. Liberalism is the vehicle.
“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” (Matthew 15:19)
We’ve heard quite a bit about the heart of the El Paso shooter, and his evil should be exposed. However his targeting of innocent Hispanics does not indicate a Christian worldview or conservative thinking, as the media would like you to think. Such heinous action is an extension of the left’s multiple calls for violence. Hatred fuels liberalism. As example:
“After today there is no longer any room for nuance. The President is a white nationalist terror leader. His supporters – ALL OF THEM – are by definition white nationalist terror supporters. The MAGA hat is a KKK hood. And this evil, racist scourge must be eradicated from society.” — Reza Aslan, former CNN host
We haven’t heard near as much about the Dayton shooter, at least not from the mainstream media, because details of that shooter’s motivations are counterproductive to the attack on gun ownership and political conservatism.
The Dayton shooter was a socialist, democrat, and Satanist who identified with Antifa. He politically supported Bernie Saunders and Elizabeth Warren, and was an advocate for gun control. The last part shouldn’t surprise you. Hardcore leftists like this guy understand that their deranged actions serve to aid their evil cause. This is the depth and commitment to evil we face. According to Newsweek, the Dayton shooter also was “a singer in a metal band that played “goregrind” or “pornogrind” music, which is known for sexually violent, death-obsessed lyrics and dehumanizing imagery depicting women.” This guy killed his own sister in the attack. Of interest, she identified as being a male. The Dayton shooter is the poster boy for the effects of liberalism in America.
Areas with the highest crime rates have the commonalities of majority liberal populations, democratic leadership and strict gun control laws. Over 90% of mass shooters are registered Democrats. None are NRA members, Tea Party affiliated, or Christians. Let that sink in. Mass shooters, defined as those shooting four or more people, aren’t exclusively white as the race-obsessed, divide and conquer liberals would have you believe. All ethnicities are represented. As should be obvious, the color of one’s skin isn’t a factor, liberal ideology is. There are no areas in our nation unaffected by liberalism; a political, secular ideology that foundationally opposes God and in doing so, promotes sin. Another word for sin is wickedness. Wickedness and violence go hand in hand.
“The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his (God’s) soul hateth.” (Psalm 11:5)
Here the psalmist links cause, wickedness, to effect, violence. This is always the case.
“The earth also was corrupt (with sin) before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:11-13)
A time of great violence indicates great wickedness, leading to judgment. Not all liberals are violent or advocate violence but there are many that do. Liberalism = Sin = Violence. That reality is becoming more evident every day.
“There is a way (contrary to the will of God) which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
The problem is the evil in the hearts of mankind, not whatever tools a person chooses to express it with. The answer is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is our only hope in a world that’s ultimately doomed by its infatuation with sin. Once we knew this.
Our form of government, a Constitutional Republic, was laid on the foundation of Christianity. It was predicted that we couldn’t survive as a nation bereft of that essential faith and resultant moral restraint.
“Because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams, written in a letter to the Officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts, October 11, 1798
Have we reached the point Mr. Adams warned of? That’s what the liberal politicians are telling us. Time to disregard our foundational laws for atheistic Marxist tyranny because it’s worked so well in other places it’s been tried; The Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Cambodia, Cuba, and Venezuela, to name a few. Given the track record of population disarmament before government led genocide, what could possibly go wrong?
“A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie.” — Vladimir Lenin, Communist Founder of the Soviet Union
You my friends are the bourgeoisie. But today’s liberals aren’t as blunt as comrade Lenin. Instead you’ll hear of the necessity of “common sense” gun controls.
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”– William Pitt
A point to remember; never accept pleas to common sense from people completely lacking in common sense. For reference and example, please note the 2020 Democrat presidential candidates and their ideas.
“Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.” – William Penn
The answer to mass shootings isn’t more gun control. Men will either practice self-discipline by their faith in God, abiding in His definitions of right and wrong to produce a civil society or we continue to allow power-hungry, Godless men to render a lawless society requiring the imposition of increasingly restrictive laws to maintain order.
Be aware of your surroundings. And if you’re competent and willing, have the means to defend yourself and others if the situation requires. Being armed is your God-given birthright. Don’t let the liberals who’ve created the environment for mass shootings blame their results on you and I. The blood of the innocent is on their hands. Keep yours on your guns.