I absolutely agree that as killing devices go a gun is far more effective and efficient than a knife. But the same is true for a gun as a defensive device. I am far more attracted to the image of Indiana Jones pulling out his gun and shooting the knife wielding giant in Raiders of the Lost Ark than I am of him standing his ground and taking the risk of fighting it out. I had a conversation with a dear friend in England yesterday who gave me the age old argument that the 2nd Amendment is outdated as it was written for the citizenry of a country that was constantly facing serious threats against which every home needed protection. Well look around.
I live and very peaceful suburban neighborhood right out of “Leave it to Beaver” and I now have no reason to doubt that something like this can – and will – happen here at any time. Look at the society we live in. I contend that the threat to our personal safety is greater today that it has ever been in American History. And not for nothing, but gun laws are stronger now than they’ve ever been American History.
Why didn’t we have this sort of thing in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, or even the 80’s when gun laws were far more lenient than they are now? I’ll say it again and I won’t quit saying it. This is NOT a gun control issue. If it were, there would be no [gun] violence in the country at which point we could set about eradicating all other violence by enacting sweeping control laws pertaining to hammers, baseball bats, golf clubs, frying pans and yes, ash trays, tire irons uncooked poultry and yes, fists.
We live in a country wherein true morality is swiftly being replaced with the ever widening moral shortcut known as ““grey area”. What should we as a society expect with right and wrong are buffered with such a gaping ethical DMZ?
It was said by someone I respect that those who kill with guns are cowards. Despite the pathological differences that would cause a person to use a gun rather than a knife, stick, explosives, poison or their bare hands I’ll go farther and say those who commit any kind of violent crime by any means are cowards. Before anything else they are bullies and at the heart of the bullying mentality is the most extreme kind of cowardice. Violence, even as a thought process, is – with the exception of necessary violence as self-defense – a cowardly substitute for intellectual action.
That being said, I will concede that the notion of using a knife carries with it the necessity – and willingness – to get very up close and personal in the act. However, in the case of this most grievous atrocity in our history the perpetrator did both. He used a gun which gave the convenience of a [minor] standoff position. But the multiple wounds suffered by all of the children would indicate he got in close to finish them off.
This person said, “To use a gun on children is absolutely unforgivable.” My faith says there is no unforgiveable sin. But for the sake of this discussion let’s agree. To use a gun on children is absolutely unforgivable. But within the same context wherein there is a sin for which forgiveness is grievous beyond redemption I think the greater point might be that it is unforgiveable to use any kind of violence on children beyond a smart swat on the bottom when they get sideways is “truly unforgiveable”. But given my faith, I would say there is nothing that is more unacceptable, despicable deserving of the sternest punishment available – short of the equally unacceptable death penalty.
God bless the parents who’ve lost children, the children who post parents and the community for which 600 children have lost their innocence far too soon in life.
“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
Please Lord, let the comforting begin.