“Let’s be clear: At some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” President Obama said in response to the murders that took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Knowing that he had misspoke, he clarified his statement: “It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”
Mexico has a lot of mass gun violence even though its gun laws are very restrictive. “Mexican citizens and legal residents may purchase new non-military firearms for self-protection or hunting only after receiving approval of a petition to the Defense Ministry, which performs extensive background checks. The allowed weapons are restricted to relatively small calibers and may only be purchased legally from the Defense Ministry.”
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is “pissed off” over the Charleston church shooting. He contends that having someone armed in a church setting is not a solution. It’s not the solution, but it’s a solution when there is the potential for evil literally to walk into the sanctuary, sit with his potential murder victims at prayer, and shoot them without remorse.
Run the Jewels rapper Killer Mike tweeted: “What happened in Charleston is an act of terror committed by a terrorist. Simple & plain. I wish those folks in that church had been armed.”
Consider what happened at New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
“In 2007, former police officer Jeanne Assam was working as a plain clothed security guard at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. When a man showed up on Sunday armed to the teeth and ready to carry out a massacre, Assam drew her weapon and stopped him before he could kill anyone inside.”
What’s the answer to a 26-year-old Austrian man of Bosnian heritage who injured 50 pedestrians and killing three with his car, and after “the car was stopped, the driver jumped out and attacked passers-by with a knife before he could be subdued and arrested.” This happened today.1
Here are three proposed solutions by O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland, not of which would have stopped any of the mass shootings:
1. A national assault weapons ban. (The shooter used a hand gun not a so-called assault weapon.)
2. Stricter background checks. (The shooter received birthday money and legally purchased a gun after undergoing a background check.)
3. Efforts to reduce straw-buying, like fingerprint requirements. (So-called “straw purchasers” are already illegal and did not stop passing the gun to the shooter unreported. Even if it had been reported, there was no way to predict how the gun would be used.)
Mass killers are not mentally ill; they are evil, a word that is not used much today since it assumes an older religious worldview where there was a God and good and evil could be explain in terms of man’s fallen nature.
Psychology is the new religion, and psychologists and psychiatrists are the new priests. Instead of the Lord’s Supper where a person is to examine himself against an objective moral standard, that is, to evaluate his or her moral nature, the psychological priests give them drugs.
“Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world” (1 Cor. 11:27-32).
There is no One ultimately to judge us. We’re told that judging is the essence of a modern-day moral evil. And if we are to judge, by what standard?
These mass shooters believed certain things that allowed them to justify their murderous ways. Without these beliefs, any weapons they had would have been unused.
Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in a bombing and a shooting rampage in Oslo, Norway, on July 22, 2011. On the second day of his trial, Breivik described the killings as “‘the most spectacular sophisticated political act in Europe since the Second World War’ and said he would do it over again.”
“At least seven people were killed when a teenaged gunman opened fire at a school in southern Finland on November 7, 2007 hours after a video was posted on YouTube predicting a massacre there. The gunman was a pupil at Jokela High School, a teacher who witnessed the attack told Reuters, and had walked through the school firing into classroom after classroom. . . . The YouTube video, entitled ‘Jokela High School Massacre—11/7/2007,’ was posted by a user called ‘Sturmgeist89.’ ‘I am prepared to fight and die for my cause,’ read a posting by a user of the same name. ‘I, as a natural selector, will eliminate all who I see unfit, disgraces of human race and failures of natural selection.’ Sturmgeist means storm spirit in German.”2" target="_blank">Sky News” does not include the “natural selector” and “natural selection” comments: He describes himself as “a social Darwinist.”3" target="_blank">Eight shot dead including principal in school massacre predicted in YouTube video,” Daily Mail online (Nov. 7, 2007).))
Here are some additional examples s reported by Powerline:
- Mohammed Merah killed 7, 2012, France
- Genildo Ferreira de França killed 14, 1997, Brazil
- Michael Robert Ryan killed 16, 1987, UK
- Eric Borel killed 15, 1995, France
- Friedrich Leibacher killed 14, 2001,Switzerland
- Christian Dornier killed 14, 1989, France
- Ljubiša Bogdanović killed 13, 2013, Serbia
- Derrick Bird killed 12, 2010, UK
- Robert Steinhäuser killed 16, 2002, Germany
- Tim Kretschmer killled 15, 2009, Germany
- Wellington Menezes de Oliveira killed 12, 2011, Brazil
- Bai Ningyang killed 12, 2006, China
- Huanming Wu killed 9, 2010, China
- Ahmed Ibragimov killed 41, 1999, Russia
- Ami Popper killed 7, 1990, Israel
- Antoní Blažka killed 6, 2013, Czech Republic
Worldviews matter, and liberalism has created a toxic worldview.
- June 20, 2015. [↩]
- “Seven killed at Finland school after YouTube post,” Reuters (Nov. 7, 2007). An almost identical article by “↩]
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