By Rev Paul N. Papas II
1 January 2013
Unless you have been vacationing on a far away island somewhere you have heard or read several stories about the recent shooting tragedies involving guns such as Sandy Hook.
When you or I start exhibiting unusual behavior someone in authority starts asking us some very specific questions…such as do you know who the President is? We all know it is Eisenhower, of course.
When those in authority start exhibiting unusual behavior We The People can feel helpless to do anything about it….
Anytime there is a problem that needs fixing it is always best to find the real cause of the problem.
If you want a really high bill from your auto mechanic just drive drop off your keys with a note saying “my car is not acting right”. Your mechanic could just start replacing parts to see if your car will act right. I hope you have an unlimited credit line at your bank to pay for all the parts and labor you’ll see on your bill.
There are many noisy people who are blaming guns for the actions of people.
I have been around guns for a good part of my life and I have yet to see one load itself, change locations, or pull the trigger.
There are a number of people who have driven cars under the influence – of alcohol or drugs or both. We tried banning alcohol which only created a large number of new crimes and led to the IRS being made an enforcer of new crimes. The use of drugs is highly regulated or banned. Does that mean we now ban cars? The car did not drive itself and insert the under the influence driver, so perhaps not. The operative part of this picture is the driver who was under the influence who needs to make internal changes in order to save his and other people’s lives.
Using the under the influence driver above, let’s look at Sandy Hook as an example. The State of Connecticut has strict gun control laws that were in place before the Sandy Hook shooting. The shooter did not own any guns – he stole them from his mother…and killed his mother. The problem is not with the laws, rather the shooter.
There is some talk that the shooter had a medical condition of a mental illness. We have been fighting the Stigma of a medical condition of a mental illness for years. Budget cuts usually start with those who have the smallest voice or who don’t have sexy issues.
The usual gun haters have been using the recent shooting tragedies to advance their goal to take all guns away. The Second Amendment was put in place to protect citizens from government tyranny. Dictators need to take away all citizens’ right to free speech, right to peaceably assemble, right to redress the government with grievances, and the right to defend themselves in order to control the lives of its citizens. See: http://reclaimourrepublic.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/gun-opponents-should-learn-what-the-founders-meant-when-they-wrote-the-second-amendment
The gun haters succeeded taking away the guns in England in 1997. The London Bobbies did not carry guns until after the ban was put into place. Crime has skyrocketed in England against the defenseless citizens because only the bad guys have guns. The police can not get there fast enough to prevent deaths of citizens at the hands of the bad guys.
As I see it we can ban cars so the under the influence driver does not have anything to drive, hereby saving lives. We know banning alcohol does not work. The war on drugs has not worked…so let’s ban cars. Look at all the fuel we won’t have to buy from countries who don’t like us if we ban cars. You’re right that could be called an insane idea.
Have you noticed that the shooting tragedies all have some things in common…they all happened in gun free zones? How about addressing some real solutions to the problem of mass shooting tragedies, like having citizens with guys nearby. The mass killers believe that they can have their way of basically shooting people in a barrel because no guns are allowed and no one will shoot back. If a citizen had a gun he could return fire while others escaped.
As to another thing the shooting tragedies have in common is some form of a medical condition of a mental illness. Common sense tells me that it is more cost-effective to treat the symptom rather than the result, such as helping the person who may have thoughts of committing a mass murder rather than dealing with the carnage afterward. It should be made very clear that one out of five people are affected by a medical condition of a mental illness and you would not know most of them because they are perfectly capable of navigating normal lives which we all seek.
It is my belief that in order to fix a problem it needs to be properly identified before we can look for a solution. In the case of mass shooters or serial killers the problem may include a medical condition of a mental illness or not. Bad guys can usually find a gun if they want one and I seriously doubt they will bother to try to register it. Banning guns will not stop the use of guns by the bad guys. However, it will ensure that citizens will be more vulnerable to the whims of the bad guys.
Perhaps one focus out of these shooting tragedies can be to fund programs for people with a medical condition of a mental illness.
The operative part of this picture is the shooter who needs to make internal changes in order to save his and other people’s lives and help is available.
Reverend Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center (AZ). http://www.narrowpathministries.org and http://www.familyrenewalcenteraz.org