Guns are not the problem…

… but neither are they the solution.

What happened today in Connecticut is a tragedy. It is outrageous to believe that someone would go into an elementary school, of all places, and go through with massacring 27 people including 20 children.

While I agree with gun enthusiasts in saying that the gun was not the problem, I also agree with gun control advocates who argue that if guns were more restricted this would not have happened.

Either way, we cannot change it now. We can only look toward the future and decide what form of action we are going to take.

I think that the Obama administration’s comment about not being the time to discuss things is cowardly. If a bus had crashed and 20 school children were left dead we would want to know why. We would want to solve the problem, whatever that solution might be.

However, with how polarizing the second amendment debate is, no politician would touch that subject with a thirty-nine and a half foot pole (yes, that’s a Grinch reference, Merry Christmas).

This is where the American public, “We the people,” must voice our displeasure. Whether the preventative measure is to be taken against attitudes that cause people to go on such rampages or against the objects they use to release their emotions I am all for it; because I will not be satisfied with the preventable deaths of 27 people.

If Jesus was dissatisfied with the chopping off of one enemy’s ear, how much more outraged should I be at 27 lives being taken!

Guns are not the problem, but they certainly are not the solution.

Firearms are an offensive weapon meant for attacking. There is nothing defensive about them. A gun cannot shield you or repel an enemy’s advance. Any shadow of defense they possess is in their use for intimidation of injuring and killing an attacker. They have no power for healing or protecting in and of themselves.

Until we can further diagnose the internal problems that cause humans to use firearms in ways that they were used in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School today; I will be in support of more strict gun regulations.

My reasoning is something I try and communicate to my seventh graders all the time; that is, “We are in control of only our own actions. We cannot control someone else’s actions.”

Because I cannot control what other people will do with firearms, I will sacrifice my right to posses one in order to prevent further tragedies like this one.

If you disagree with me and would stand idly by while 27 people are brutally murdered by a man wielding two handguns today, then you must be willing to live with your choice for personal freedom over the lives of others.

The Bible talks of swords being beaten into plowshares. I dream of a day in which guns, bombs, and other weapons will be beaten into ships that will bring food to the hungry and drills that will unleash water for the thirsty. Our knives will become scalpels to repair the broken, axes and saw blades to harvest wood to build homes for the homeless, and syringes to cure the sick.

Guns are not necessary for our survival. When did our privilege to own one become more important than someone else’s inalienable right to life?

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One response to “Guns are not the problem…

  1. I read a comment today. Wouldn’t it be great if people could get access to Mental Health Care as easily as they can get access to guns.

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