“The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good. — George Washington “
While watching the news of the Sandy Hook Elementary School where 26 people were killed 8 adults and, 18 children) by a sociopathic madman I heard a lot of talk of evil and guns. A person can be evil but a gun is an inanimate object, like a knife or a club that in the hands of an evil motivated person will be used as a weapon to carry out his evil deeds.
Fox News reported
“Twenty-seven people, including 20 children, were killed Friday when a gunman clad in black military gear opened fire inside his mother's kindergarten class at a Connecticut elementary school.
The shooter, who sources identified as Adam Lanza, 20, shot his mother, Nancy Lanza, in the face at their home in Newtown, Conn., and then went to nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School where she taught and gunned down her entire class, according to sources. Lanza was found dead inside the school, according to officials. Eighteen of the children and six more adults were dead at the school and two more children died later, according to Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance.”
Right now the news is in flux, as it always it in situations like this, so we do not know much about Adam Lanza or why he might have executed his mother and her class of kindergarteners. I am sure in the days to come we will learn more about this psychopath, his mental history and what might have drove him to commit suicide by first taking the lives of 25 people.
While we know little of the shooter or the victims it did not take long for the anti-gun crowd to lump on the band wagon of more gun control As Rahm Emmanuel said; “never let a good crisis go to waste”, and they will certainly not. They will, like they did with the Aurora, CO theater shooting, the Tucson, AZ shooting, and the Virginia Tech massacre, push their anti-gun agenda forward on the back of the victims. They will not address the issue of evil, as most of the progressive left do not believe in God, evil right and wrong. They believe that man can control everything if he works hard enough at it. They believe in the kingdom of man, not of God.
Even the President in a statement supposedly to console the grieving could not resist the opportunity to bring his political agenda into the fray along with his crocodile tears when he stated:
"These neighbors are our neighbors, and these children are our children, and we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this -- regardless of the politics." (Emphasis added)
Immediately after Obama’s remarks Several Democratic lawmakers were also calling Friday for stricter gun control.
What meaningful action is Obama talking about? Is he talking about better psychiatric evaluations of potential anti-social people? Was he talking about the violence portrayed in our culture in movies and video games? Was he talking about the music industry with their degrading and violent rap lyrics? Was he refereeing to social media where young people with borderline personality diseases such Asperger syndrome? Was he talking about the coarseness of our culture and the progressive control of a K-12 education system that does not teach right from wrong and morals based on our Judeo- Christian heritage? I don’t think he was. He was talking about one thing and one thing only — anti Constitutional gun control. This is how progressive solve problems. If you want to stop alcoholism you ban booze. I am sure any debate will not include all of the above.
This is not the first school shooting in the United States or the World. Here is a list of the major school shootings in the United States:
- Dec 14, 2012: Newtown, CT -- Sandy Hook Elementary School --- 26 are dead - 8 adults, 18 children.
- Feb. 14, 2008: A man fired into a lecture hall packed with students at Northern Illinois University, killing five people and wounding 18 before shooting himself dead.
- April 16, 2007: VA Tech, Blacksburg, VA - A student killed 32 students and faculty at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in the worst single act of gun violence in U.S. history before killing himself.
- October 2, 2006: A local milk truck driver who was not Amish, tied up and shot 10 Amish schoolgirls aged 6 to 14 in their classroom, killing five of them before turning the gun on himself in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.
- March 21, 2005: A 16-year-old high school student gunned down five students, a teacher and a security guard at Red Lake High School in far northern Minnesota before killing himself. He also killed his grandfather and his grandfather's companion elsewhere on the Chippewa Indian reservation.
- April 20, 1999: Littleton, CO -- Two students killed 12 students and a teacher and wounded more than 20 others before killing themselves at Columbine High School.
On March 24, 1998 Michael Johnson (age 14) and Andrew Golden (age 12) walked into the Westside Middle School near Jonesboro, Arkansas and killed five people and injured ten. Until yesterday this was the deadliest massacre at a United States middle school.
- August 1, 1966: Austin, TX -- A University of Texas student, Charles Whitman, killed 16 people and wounded 32 others, including his mother and wife, in and around the campus.
Note that in all but the University of Texas shooting the gunman committed suicide. The Texas Tower sniper was killed by a courageous police officer who climbed the tower and confronted the shooter.
There have also been school shooting in the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, and France where they have very strict gun laws. And let’s not overlook the fellow in Norway who in 2011 killed 69 and injured 110 after setting off a car bomb that killed 8 and injured 209. All of this in a country with very strict guns laws. It should be noted that in Belgium it was a 20-year old man who used a knife to kill and wound kids at a day care center.
It’s not the gun, the knife or the club. It’s the person. While writing this I looked for a quote on the existence of evil. Of course there was the old over used quote by Edmund Burke; “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” I selected the quote by George Washington because he saw that the gun was a deterrent to evil and tyranny.
What gun control advocates fail to appreciate is that every school that faces such a tragedy is an individual isolated event that demands our respect and does not deserve to be desensitized into a political debate.
By grouping today's Sandy Hook massacre as just one of "such incidents in the U.S.," politicians and gun control advocates show zero respect to any of the victims and the families affected by immediately turning this tragedy into a debate on gun control.
As our nation mourns collectively, each of the parents and family members who lost loved ones Friday face a different level of individual sorrow. They deserve our respect. And they also deserve not to have their pain used as political equity.
Before we jump to conclusions and make this a debate about the second amendment, it appears that the shooter, Adam Lanza borrowed his mother's guns for his heinous acts of murder. The guns were purchased legally and his mother was a collector of guns.
Make no mistake about it we have to do everything in our power to prevent a tragedy like this one from occurring again. Over the next few weeks we will learn about Lanza and whether he had any mental health issues that went ignored.
You will hear people mistakenly argue that no matter how big of a monster Lanza was, the “real” villains who entered Sandy Hook Friday morning were the guns in his hand.
Are we sure the absence of guns would have definitively prevented Lanza from killing? It didn't prevent Zheng Minsheng from walking into a classroom with a knife in Fugian Province on China's East Coast in 2010 and stabbing eight children to death and seriously wound five others. I am sure the parents of those eight children feel the same unimaginable pain that the parents in Connecticut feel today.
Killers find a way to kill and more laws will not stop them!
As I stated above we live in a culture where progressives deny the existence of the devil and therefore the existence of evil. Just look at what happened in Lansing, Michigan on Monday where a group of union thugs physically attacked a person who they did not agree with Shouting “I’ll Kill a Mother F***** With a Gun”! Our mainstream media (ABC, CBS and NBC) elected not to cover this outrageous behavior as it did not coincide with their progressive agenda. It’s a sad day for American TV journalism when The Huffington Post is a more honest news outlet than ABC, CBS or NBC.
That story was about how Fox News contributor Steven Crowder and others were attacked by union thugs during the protest against the new “right-to-work” law. ABC, CBS and NBC covered the protests but only ABC made mention of police having to deal with protesters. None of them mentioned the attack on Crowder or showed the videos of that attack and the thugs tearing down a tent with people in it, both widely available on the Internet hours before the evening news show broadcast. No network quoted Teamsters head Jimmy Hoffa predicting “civil war” between lawmakers and union members.
All of this came after Obama told a crowd of UAW workers in Detroit:
“I’ve just got to say this,” Obama said at the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant in Michigan before a small crowd of workers. “What we shouldn’t be doing is trying to take away your rights to bargain for better wages and working conditions. We shouldn’t be doing that.
“You know, these so-called right-to-work laws, they don’t have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics,” Obama added to applause and cheers from the crowd. “What they’re really talking about is giving you the right to work for less money.”
It’s no wonder these union tugs were fired up after the President gave them plenty of verbal ammunition.
Where were Obama’s comments on this behavior? Is it any wonder why many young people today are growing up with little or no knowledge of right and wrong or good and evil? When they can post their mentally deranged thoughts on social media and see no consequences for evil or immoral behavior why shouldn’t they grab a gun and act out the sociopathic fantasies. It’s not more gun control we need; it’s more teaching of right from wrong and a better way to determine those who are a danger to society.