Gun Control Will Never Substitute The Spiritual Nourishment American Children Need
Last Wednesday, yet another disturbed individual walked into an American school and murdered children. As a mother of six (with one son a senior in high school), I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t frightened. But, it’s not guns I’m afraid of.
After the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I wept. My heart broke for the parents who would never again hold their precious children. And my tears flowed for the surviving children who are forever scarred by the experience.
While I prayed for the comfort of all those affected, I also asked God for something else. I asked Him to give me the strength not to reduce the lives of those beautiful children (and teachers) to a political footnote.
Yes, I could give you a ton of statistics about murdered children. But one child lost is too many, so does it matter how they were taken? I could also talk about guns which would likely cause a big stir among those who disagree but enough people are on the “ban guns” bandwagon already.
Without a doubt, we must protect our children. The question is, “how?” The political answer to that always seems to be more laws. In the wake of Columbine, Sandy Hook, and now Stoneman Douglas, it’s gun control.
Yet, if we’re being honest, these shootings go beyond guns and laws. Do we need common sense gun laws? Yes, we do. We have them already. We also have laws against murder, rape, domestic violence, drugs, and child abuse, yet these crimes occur daily.
The Spiritual Void
Laws alone cannot stop evil. Never have and never will. And some evil can’t be stopped at all.
On the other hand, some can be averted.
America’s children are in danger, but not from guns, knives, or other inanimate objects. Their futures are at-risk from what’s missing, not from what isn’t. The absence of God, respect for authority, discipline, and compassion is the threat.
Government officials taking control away from parents, mothers, and fathers who don’t want control and politicians playing both ends against the middle. These are the problems. A “progressive”, morally bankrupt, and godless society is killing our children.
What scares me, as a parent and as a person, is knowing that an AR-15 isn’t responsible for that.