The murders in Aurora, Colorado were horrific. The dead and wounded were innocent moviegoers, just like you and me who have done the same thing hundreds of times. The killer, whose name will not be mentioned here, doesn’t deserve any more thought than a mosquito you would swat on your arm. In fact, that mosquito has more right to live among us than this sick excuse for a human being.
Pray for the wounded if you have not yet done so. Pray for their families who will live with this every day for the rest of their lives. And pray that we as a society never have to go through this inexcusable waste of human life again.
And just how can we stop tragedies such as this? The short answer is we can’t. There will be those who want us to believe government can prevent them by passing more laws or tightening security. Honestly, do you actually believe that will stop anybody set on taking a human life? The animals that do things like this don’t obey laws.
About 10,000 people are shot to death in the United States each year. This year, and it’s only July, 300 people have been killed in Chicago alone. The problem isn’t government, isn’t too many guns, isn’t too few laws. The problem is we are losing the values of a country that places each and every human life above all else.
Every time we are forced to live through another senseless massacre, the political activists come out of the woodwork demanding government solve the problem by further limiting liberties and rights given to each of us because we are fortunate enough to live in America.
Reducing those liberties, and yes, I am talking about the Second Amendment, to law-abiding citizens will do nothing to solve the problem. Benjamin Franklin once said “They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” And he was right. More laws, more security will have little to no effect on a deranged mind who has lost all sense of morality and faith.
Where we are failing is that we are not able to make everyone understand that every life is sacred. The miracle of life is a blessing, given to us by God, and simply making more laws restricting our rights will never supersede the sixth of God’s Ten Commandments, which says “Thou shall not kill.”
Yet we as a country continue to put distance between government’s role in our lives and the lessons religion teaches us to live by, often citing the excuse, “separation of church and state” which by the way does not appear in our Constitution at all. The First Amendment simply says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
There are some things we can do that may help. Swift and decisive justice for anyone who takes another’s life. Better education by everyone who has any influence in teaching our youth, beginning with parents, teachers and clergy, but also including every one of us who respect and cherish the miracle of life. And, reestablishing the values that our great nation was founded upon.
But looking to the government to solve our growing lack of morality is not the answer. The answer lies in all of us, not in the government outlawing guns. I am reminded of the bumper sticker slogan, “If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.” The Second Amendment giving us the right to own firearms is there for a reason. It was established to remind an overbearing government there is a force out there, at least as strong as them, and that Americans will never give up their liberties to any government, foreign or domestic.
The great gun debate will surely be front and center again following this tragedy. Restricting rights and liberties for all, because of the act of a single deranged murderer is not the answer. Placing the sanctity of God-given human life above all is the place to start.