Again?

ShootingThere has been another tragic shooting in America. The headlines read: “Gunfire, then Chaos”; “Rampage at Washington Navy Yard”; “Gunman fires from balcony, killing 12, before dying in battle with police”; “Accused assailant, a former Navy reservist, said to have had anger problems.”

I read those headlines in the Richmond Times-Dispatch this morning, but a half-hour earlier I read this brief article in the Christian Century:

Scared of America

Following the killing of an Australian man studying in Oklahoma, Tim Fischer, the former deputy prime minister of Australia, suggested that Australians should avoid traveling to the United States. “Yes, people [who] are thinking of going to the USA on business, vacation, trips, should think carefully about it given the statistical facts you are 15 times more likely to be shot dead in the USA than in Australia per capita per million people,” Fischer said. He had championed gun control reforms in Australia nearly two decades ago. Gun control laws have virtually eliminated firearms crimes in Australia (CNN.com, August 20).

I know that gun control is a political hornet’s nest. I know that mentioning it in a blog post is an invitation to every reader with an opinion to post a comment (and believe me, there is no shortage of opinion on this issue). But if there is such a thing as an objective observer, would that person not ask why? Why is it that firearms crimes in Australia have been virtually eliminated? And why is it that I greet the news of another tragic shooting in America with a single word:

Again?

4 thoughts on “Again?

  1. I did not grow up in a family that hunted, so have never understood the need to have guns in the home. I do believe that in today’s world where any home is subject to invasion, a handgun for self-protection is understandable. Personally, I prefer a barking dog and a well lit yard. Anyway, what really infuriates me is the argument for assault weapons. I cannot see why anyone needs them, outside of law enforcement and the military. More and more, it seems like their use is justified as a self-protection need. I just don’t see it. If anyone listened to the Trauma doctor last evening, she said that there is something wrong in this county-something evil-that needs to be stopped. She is right. I don’t have an answer, but her comments point to the influence of Satan in this world. I know I may be inviting lots of criticism and should probably not post this. If we turn to God for an answer, we all might be surprised what He might have for us. Enough for now.

  2. When gun violence strikes their home or a member of their extended family maybe then gun control will become a good and workable solution.

  3. Gun control is definitely a political hornets nest, but let’s put that aside for a moment and take a look at the bigger picture. Humans can attempt to legislate stricter gun control or anything else for that matter and there will always be people who find a way to circumvent those laws and regulations. Yesterday’s tragic events at the Washington Navy Yard should remind us Christians that we live in a world that needs Jesus and His Kingdom to come to earth. I believe that if we invest more time and effort into sharing God’s love with everyone then we will have a better chance of changing the hearts and lives of people who commit these terrible crimes. The love of Christ is powerful and even miraculous. Who knows how the seeds we plant today will bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth in the future? Who knows what lives will be touched and changed as a result? We live in an imperfect society in which legislation by imperfect people doesn’t always make things better. Perhaps if we as the church keep our focus on bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to earth then we can plant the seeds of God’s love to potentially change lives from the inside out. Simply showing God’s love to others could one day bring about a miraculous change in the lives of others that I believe will make this world a better place to live, and a little bit closer to Heaven.

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