Connecticut Shooting and Gun Control

My heart goes out to the families and people of Newtown, Connecticut after Adam Lanza murdered over two dozen people, twenty of which were children at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  The horrific killing spree is the second worst in US history.

Within hours of the shooting hitting the news, anti-gun advocates began shouting for more control and stricter laws to avoid the same thing happening again.  President Obama, with what looked like fake tears to me, called for more gun control when he addressed the nation saying:

“We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

Perhaps the most anti-gun person in America, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasted no time in calling for more action to ban guns when he said:

“Calling for ‘meaningful action’ is not enough. We need immediate action.”

“We have heard all the rhetoric before.  What we have not seen is leadership — not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today.”

I can’t disagree more with Obama or Bloomberg.  The problem isn’t guns, it’s the culture that has rejected God and the Bible and replaced them with a set of values that give no purpose or meaning to life.

To begin with, Connecticut has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation and it just so happens that Lanza broke at least three or more of those laws.  Connecticut requires owners of handguns to be 21 years or older yet Lanza, who is only 20, had two handguns.  The state also requires every person that carries a handgun to have a state permit, but Lanza did not have that permit.  Connecticut also bans anyone from taking a firearm of any kind onto public or private school property.  Obviously Lanza completely ignored that law.  Besides the two handguns that Lanza had, he also carried a Bushmaster rifle which may violate the state’s ban on assault weapons.

The strict Connecticut gun control laws didn’t stop Lanza.  He just ignored the laws and stole the guns that he used in the massacre.  But what could he have done had guns been totally banned and there were none to steal?

Well, in October, a nanny in New York killed the two kids she was caring for by stabbing them to death and then she tried to kill herself with the same knife.  In England, where gun ownership is very strict, a father stabbed his two kids to death and then killed himself with the same knife.  Worst yet, China has some extremely strict gun control laws, but that didn’t stop Min Yingjun from entering a primary school and stabbing 22 children and an elderly lady.

Timothy McVeigh used a truck bomb to kill 168 people and wound over 800 more in Oklahoma City in 1995.  In the Middle East, Muslim extremists have been carrying out mass killings of women, children and others by blowing them up.  They use truck and car bombs, roadside bombs and even strap the bombs to themselves.

If someone is deranged enough that they are going to kill a large number of people, they’ll find a way to make it happen.  It’s not the guns, knives or bombs that are the problem, but the people that use them.  In most cases, the guns and bombs are obtained illegally, but that didn’t stop the perpetrator from carrying out their sinister plots.

If President Obama truly wants to make a difference and try to take action that will actually make a difference, he needs to return to our Christian principles and biblical teachings.  He needs to repent and put God and the Bible back in public schools and the government.

If you don’t believe me, just check out the history of when God and the Bible first started being removed from schools and government and then track crime rates, drug use and other moral issues.  I did a few years ago and found a direct correlation between the removal of God and the cultural decline of American society.

The answer isn’t more gun control, but more people control and that can only work when God is involved.