I am deeply saddened, yet again, by the sickening tragedy and pain inflicted by the familiar evil of another active shooter. I join with millions of you in prayer for the families of the beautiful lives lost in Oregon on October 1, 2015. So begins another investigative journey of law enforcement, government, private industry, and individual citizens into how and why these shootings keep happening and the answers that will make them stop.
I was shocked to see our president indicate that our thoughts and prayers are no longer enough. Prayer is the uncompromising foundation of faith. Prayer comforts, prayer heals, prayer moves God. We live in a fallen world and the absurd belief that disarming citizens should be the answer is no longer enough. For those who do not wish to yield a weapon, please quit trying to make the rest of us, the good guys, drop ours.
I invite you to consider something Mr. Edmond Burke (1729-1797) said, “It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.” Humanity asks of us respect for life. Reason asks of us logical conclusions based on facts not idealistic, emotional responses. Justice asks of us reparation for those who are wronged. And I will add to that, it is what Jesus Christ in God the Father by way of the Holy Spirit implores me to do, should I choose to listen. What we need, firstly and rightly, is for this once great nation, to prayerfully and repentantly come back to faith in Jesus Christ. What then does the Lord ask of us? “…to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God…” Micah 6:8 NIV. To walk humbly is to walk in step with Him in such a way that you never put yourself before Him, yet you find yourself in Him. To love mercy is to love the Lord and others with great compassion. To act justly is to move to take righteous action. It is no crime to love and protect the life He gives by any reasonable means possible.
In short, we don’t need more gun control. Clearly, gun control does not work as evidenced by every active shooter event this nation has mourned. Keeping guns out of the hands of responsible people clears the way for evil to manifest its schemes with minimal fear of returned force. Let’s take a look at improving mental health laws that would make it easier to deal with those who are showing signs of homicidal behavior. Let’s consider having those that carry take mandatory advanced weapons training regarding public safety. Let’s teach citizens who want to learn how to protect themselves to fight back. Perhaps you are familiar with another one of Mr. Burke’s famous quotes, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” That is precisely what we citizens have been taught by our government thus far; don’t carry a gun, wait for the police to show up with their guns. No, thank you very little. I will not sit down and do nothing. I will not allow evil to triumph.
This is in no way a negative reflection on those who only had the option to run, hide, or fight bare handed in any of these tragedies. They did the very best they could to protect themselves and others, in any way they could, when they were attacked. That is right and honorable. There are many silent heroes in any active shooter incident. That is truly living out the love of Christ. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13 NIV. What I’m getting at is that I believe we must be free to defend ourselves with the level of force used against us including having the option to carry a gun to do it.
It is an appalling, moral tragedy to believe that gun control will control evil men with broken minds and empty souls. Are we going to verbally reprimand the next active shooter, in mid-fire, that he or she is not supposed to have that gun on campus, or in a church, or a hospital? Evil does not comply with gun control, only law abiding citizens do.
I’m asking you, “Do you want to be trapped in a situation where the only person who has the gun is the one who is coldly, murdering people in mass? Do you want your children or family in that place?” The reality is that we are all in that place and it’s commonly known as a gun free zone. I respect anyone who does not want to carry a gun. I ask in return that they respect those of us who do carry with the intent to protect all life. I believe it’s time we let evil know that we are taking a stand. It’s time to let good men and women carry with them the means to stop it.
1 Chronicles 19:13 “Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight.” NIV
Copyright 10/02/2015 Jill Anne Smith www.comeboldly.wordpress.com