Let’s have a candid debate on gun violence


Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut have become common place in the American society. Still, every time a maniac goes on an ego trip and massacred innocent people it is increasingly difficult to come up with a motive. The question is always why. Why would anyone in their right frame of mind committed such despicable and horrendous acts?

The Newtown massacre hits close to home. I happen to live in Connecticut, and while I do not live in Newtown, I feel divinely connected to the victims, especially the defenceless kids. That is the reason I get mad when I ask myself this question: “What on God‘s earth did twenty innocent kids, ages 6-7 years did that deserve to have their lives cut short senselessly?” At the same time, I am fully aware that we will never know the answer–the alleged shooter is dead. However, as is customary in mass murders, so-called experts believe mental health is a factor as well as the lack of stricter gun control.

It is déjà vu all over again. Another mass shooting has occurred, and the question of stricter gun control comes up. We have seen this movie before. Have we not? One can bet his last dollar that, as soon as the news media turned its TV cameras and microphones off and the anti-gun passion has died down the issue will be gentle swept under the carpet. Gun rights activists and lobbyists have done a marvelous job of neutralizing the argument for stricter gun control. Their strategy of ‘no comment until we look at the facts’ is unadorned but hugely effective. Nevertheless, no one with a heart and a soul can truthfully deny that we have a gun problem that needs discussing.

The problem of guns and gun violence is not a new phenomenon in America. Even though, if one listens to and reads some of the comments about the Newtown massacre one would think otherwise. The only new trend in gun violence over the past five years or so as it relates to mass shooting is the drastic change in the locations and the faces of victims. Where as in former years the victims of mass shootings were mostly minority, gang bangers and drug dealers who lived and operated in urban communities, today the victims also include white Americans who lived in suburban communities.

All in all, it is time to have a serious national discussion on guns and gun violence. The scourge of gun violence is no longer an urban problem. It is everybody’s problem. Therefore, politicians can no longer look the other because of fear of loosing their seats. They must stand firm and do the right thing. I do not know how, or what but for the sake of those twenty kids who died in Newtown and every other victim of gun violence–do something!!!

May the souls of the dead rest in peace!!

12 comments

  1. Hello, Noel. The problem is not with guns — it’s the person using it. And evil people can pick and choose weapons. Last night I heard where a guy smashed someones head in with a center block — unfortunately, evil finds a way.
    I’m one of those that believe if you ask everyone to turn in their guns – the good will do the right thing and be left more vulnerable. The bad people will hide their guns and use them more freely. (Look at Australia’s record to confirm this idea)
    I hate that those babies were taken too, but exceedingly glad they’re hanging out with our Lord and Savior. We need God back into our school system and back into every entity of America — that’s the ultimate way to fight!
    Merry Christmas & God Bless You!

  2. While I understand your view and my heart goes out to all those who have suffered and died in Connecticut, I must disagree. Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world. There are good people and there are bad. The unfortunate news is that history shows that when more power is given to the government, less power is given to the people. So when guns are removed all power lies in the hand of the government, no matter their view or take on things. The unarmed people have no say in the matter. In the event that we run into a situations like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi’s, and many others in times past, and we do not have guns, then we cannot defend ourselves against such regimes. History has proven over and over again that government can be corrupted, especially when the people are powerless to stop it. This can be seen even thousands of years back. There is even an event in the Bible of Israel’s swords being removed and thus being led to slavery because they were unable to stop it. There are numerous accounts in nations across the globe. Not only that but when you take guns away, you are only taking guns away from the good people. The bad people still go on the black market and get guns. Thus making you and I a target because they now know you are unarmed! It would make criminals worse and more ‘powerful’ in their eyes.

    Unfortunately the government uses events like this to push their agenda to ‘not have guns’ in society. Which ultimately gets them to their end goal of an unarmed America. Sadly this will not fix the problem, it will just empower the government to treat their people how they desire. History shows this over and over again! I can’t stress that enough.

    Our founders knew the government would do this eventually, which is why they created the Constitution and second amendment. The guns are not the problem, the person shooting it is. I do believe there should be laws of who can/can’t own a gun, such as there are today.

    So to weight my options, I’m an advocate for guns. But thank you for sharing your side on the matter, I enjoyed hearing it. I’m thankful for having heard your opinion and that we can agree to disagree on this one matter.

    Thank you always,
    RealityofChrist

  3. Noel a candid debate on guns and gun violence if desperately needed, but not for this incident is my personal opinion. This young man was mentally ill it seems and probably would have chosen another way to do the same thing, with perhaps worse or less victims.
    However what we do need is a discussion about violence with guns and other weapons among our youth in places like Chicago. A place where guns are owned legally by very few and yet illegally by many. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/02/rahm-emanuel-parents-mour_n_1071247.html
    We do need discussion and we need to find the reasons that so much violence is occuring, we can not blame the violence on the object although it is to assessible by many. But if you look at the violence being committed by guns, these guns were mostly obtained illegally. Is taking the guns away from legal owners going to stop the violence? No it is not, but we need to find someway to get to the people that are liable to commit these acts before they have that opportunity. How we do that I don’t know, in my personal opinion it would help to have much more opportunity to help the troubled in all ways including having God back in the school, but as you know I am biased in this opinion. If you look at most of the violence committed by those who are killing a large amount of people, or even those who attempt to, you find a common denominator, mental illness. How they deal with it and how we deal with them is the real discussion we need to have. But again that is my personal opinion! God bless you!

      1. It is truly a disgrace that our leaders would rather accuse, abuse, and ignore the problem in order to push their agenda, and I am not talking about one side against the other. They are all this way. It seems as if when they reach Washington DC they forget what their job is supposed to be. It makes me so sad sometimes that I even wonder that anyone takes the time to listen to them.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s