When Will the Shooting Stop?

Once again, we are awakened to the sound of gun fire in the land of the free and home of the brave. Once again, we are greeted by the screens of parents and children embraced in hugs and relief that they are safe. Once again, the debate goes on for the next fifteen minutes of frame regarding what can be done to prevent the next incident.

It would be insensitive to make such statements as, “guns don’t kill people, people do.” Guns have been prevalent throughout American and Western culture for the past two hundred years. If weapons are the problem, when why hasn’t there been shootings in schools since the beginning? Why is this a recent phenomenon of the past quarter century and not a consistent problem throughout our history?

As a child our schools inculcated the virtues of Christianity, moral rectitude and American exceptionalism into students. It was foundational to our entire educational system, and all of this was based on the value of Judeo-Christian ethic. In the twenty-first century this is not taught. In fact, it is being repudiated daily in favor of Progressive values that eschew patriotism, mock traditional morality, and repudiate the value of American leadership.

It never ceases to amaze me that the same schools where we are no longer allowed to pray or read the bible openly are now conducting prayer assemblies on these very grounds. What’s even more unsettling is the school board officials, law enforcement, our elected representatives and yes, even our Presidents call on us to pray after each tragic event. Is something perplexing with this picture?

I won’t get into the gun control issue, but I will say this; killers and murderers will find a way to do harm. Fertilizer was used to kill hundreds and planes were used to kill thousands. We don’t just have a gun problem or a lack of law problem we have a people and moral problem in our country. As one of the most advanced societies in history we have become a godless, self-absorbed, narcissistic and violent culture. We can cry gun control until there are no more tears, but laws do not change hearts.

I was raised up in a house filled with guns; shot guns, rifles, and pistols but rarely if ever was there a killing in our neighbors or amongst our people. While I firmly believe in gun rights, I see no reason to have a weapon that fires over 45 rounds a minute for hunting.

By the way, if you need that type of weapon for hunting you need to improve your aim!

This is the Voice of the Overseer

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About johnhreid2013

Bishop in the Eagle's Rock Communion of Christian Leaders (ERCCL) and is member of International Communion of Evangelical Churches (ICEC). He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Victory Family Outreach Ministries located in Woodbridge, VA.
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One Response to When Will the Shooting Stop?

  1. paigemchl says:

    Amen! If one needs an AK-15 to kill a rabbit or deer then they do not need to hunt. Eliminate this AK-15 variable at least. Airports took precautions after 9-11. Churches are beefing security. What’s wrong with more security guards, metal detectors in our schools. I know, “we live in a good neighborhood” so metal detectors will send the wrong message some will say. The moral compass has to be recalibrated. A Christian has plenty of work to do!!

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