Will the CDC Find the Cause of Gun Violence?

When President Obama signed his 23 executive orders this week to reduce gun violence, I had to laugh at several of them.  One in particular was to issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

Really?  Is it a bacteria or virus that infects certain people?  Is it contagious?

Do any of you remember the movie Urban Cowboy starring John Travolta?  One of the songs used in the movie was sung by country singer Johnny Lee and it was called, Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places.  That’s exactly what Obama and the Democrats are doing with gun violence, looking in all the wrong places.

The CDC is going to spend millions of taxpayer dollars looking for solutions in all the wrong places.

To begin with, they need to look at the history of violence and gun crimes in the US to see when they really started to increase.  When you do that, you will quickly find that the increase in violence and gun crimes began to rise faster within a few years after the US Supreme Court began stripping God and the Bible from public schools and government.

This has happened all through history going back to Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis.  When the people turned from God to their own devices, they became lawless in many ways.  They don’t fear the consequences as they don’t believe in anything other than themselves.

Within several years after God and the Bible were removed from public schools and government, a number of crime rates started to rise.  Rape increased along with physical assaults.  Murders and armed robberies also increased.

Without God, man loses his morals.  Without morals, man loses his society.

Charles Carroll, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and US Senator from Maryland, in 1800, wrote a letter to James McHenry and in that letter, he penned:

“Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, …are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”[1]

Gouverneur Morris, a signer and one of the authors of the US Constitution, and US Senator from New York wrote:

“Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.

These duties are, internally, love and adoration; externally, devotion and obedience; therefore provision should be made for maintaining divine worship as well as education.

But each one has a right to entire liberty as to religious opinions, for religion is the relation between God and man; therefore it is not within the reach of human authority.”[2]

When President George Washington delivered his farewell address on Sept. 19, 1796, he uttered these words to the new nation of America:

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.  In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness—these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.  The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.  A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity.  Let it simply be asked, ‘Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice?’  And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.  Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government.  The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free government.  Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?”[3]

Perhaps Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence said it best when he wrote these words:

“The only foundation for…a republic is to be laid in Religion.  Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”[4]

“I believe no man was ever early instructed in the truth of the Bible without having been made wiser or better by the early operation of these impressions upon his mind. . . .

If moral precepts alone could have reformed mankind, the mission of the Son of God into our world would have been unnecessary.  He came to promulgate a system of doctrines, as well as a system of morals. The perfect morality of the Gospel rests upon a doctrine which, I mean the vicarious life and death of the Son of God. This sublime and ineffable doctrine delivers us from the absurd hypothesis of modern philosophers concerning the foundation of moral obligation, and fixes it upon the eternal and self-moving principle of LOVE.  It concentrates a whole system of ethics in a single text of Scripture: ‘A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.’

By withholding the knowledge of this doctrine from children, we deprive ourselves of the best means of awakening moral sensibility in their minds.  We do more; we furnish as argument for withholding from them a knowledge of the morality of the Gospel likewise; for this, in many instances, is as supernatural, and therefore as liable to be controverted, as any of the doctrines or miracles which are mentioned in the New Testament.

The miraculous conception of the Savior of the world by a virgin is not more opposed to the ordinary course of natural events, nor is the doctrine of the atonement more above human reason, than those moral precepts which command us to lover our enemies or to die for our friends. . . .

Contemplating merely the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them.  We profess to be republicans, and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government; that is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible, for this divine book, above all others, favors that equality among mankind, that respect for just laws, and all those sober and frugal virtues which constitute the soul of republicanism.”[5]

Rather than spending millions of dollars that we will probably borrow from China or Japan, to look for some disease that causes so much violence in our nation, all we have to do is read the words of our Founding Fathers who gave us these words of wisdom when they formed our nation.  If Obama and the Democrats really want to decrease the amount of violence and gun crimes in America, they need to confess their sins and return the nation to its Christian foundation and principles.

Looking for solutions in all the right places means starting with the Word of God and then build upon those laws and teachings.  Why not use the $500 million to print Bibles for every school and every government office and use it as the foundation for all teaching and all government decisions.  Then and only then will you see a change in America for the better.


[1] Carroll, Charles. Letter to James McHenry, Nov. 4, 1800, Bernard C. Steiner, The Life and Correspondence of James McHenry, the Burrows Brothers Co., Cleveland, 1907, p. 475.

[2] Morris, Gouverneur.  Notes on the Form of a Constitutional Government for France. c1791, Jared Sparks, The Life of Gouverneur Morris, Gray & Bowen, Boston, 1832, V. 3, pp. 481-483.

[3] Washington, George, Farewell Address,  Sept, 19, 1796, Avalon Project, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library,

[4] Rush, Benjamin.  Thoughts Upon the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic, Early American Imprints, 1786.; Federer, p. 802.

[5] Rush, Benjamin.  A Defence of the Use of the Bible in Schools, American Tract Society, 1830.