Editor’s note: The names of shooters will not be published in this article. Even when the names are well-known in the media, they should not be memorialized for their evil acts.
White men shooting blacks, blacks shooting whites, Muslims shooting Christians, all of them killing Jews. Guns, knives, bombs, fists, and the power of government are all deadly weapons when they are used in the name of envy, pride, and hate. We must remember that this age of the world is evil, and we cannot escape the age in our own power.
Anyone selling the idea that a human utopia is possible if only we could get rid of (insert panacea here: guns, nuclear weapons, global warming, Republicans) is selling you a tuition for pet rock obedience school. Humans have certain behaviors described by the Bible as sinful baked in. Lust, greed, envy, and pride are temptations common to all. There is no society from which those things have been eliminated.
In a perfect society, a benevolent dictator would perfectly order and adjudicate wisely, with perfect vision. All who dissent would be cast away. Unfortunately, in this present age, mankind must be governed by men (and women). As Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 51, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.” Less than 20 years after writing those words, Hamilton died by a gunshot wound fired by the Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr, in a duel over a political matter of honor.
Dueling over honor is a benighted concept in American political society, but is still practiced almost nightly in the mean streets of American cities. Take away the guns, and the gangs would be using knives. Take away the knives (like they are attempting in London, England), and they’d use rocks or bats or fists.
The problem of violence is not a problem of weapons. It is a problem of humans.
In the U.S., the media tries to tie every mass shooting to a political purpose. Some shootings, like the 2017 Republican ball field mass assassination attempt, are political. Some, like Rep. Gabby Giffords attempted assassination, are not (but the media wanted them to be). A shocking number of mass shootings are initiated by young, white bigots whose political leanings run the gamut. Some, like the Charleston shooter, did so with the express purpose of starting a race war, and still harbor no regrets. In Dallas, a black 2016 mass shooter wanted to “kill white people.”
In the past 48 hours, two mass shootings were carried out by young white men. Their politics seem to be a fuzzy mess of anti-government, anti-immigrant, conspiracy and ignorance. That plus a long gun makes for a deadly combination.
The MSM will take this to be a call for all magazine-fed semi-automatic long guns to be removed from society. And the Second Amendment-loving conservative media will react as expected, making for good TV. It seems that some Republican lawmakers are finally getting the hint that their participation wouldn’t be the best idea.
There needs to be a conversation with the media about not sensationalizing shootings in the name of advancing an agenda of taking guns away from Americans. There also needs to be a conversation about keeping people with social media footprints in 8Chan, and other known gathering points for white supremacists, from getting their hands on guns and body armor.
The latest trend seems to be posting your evil intention online just before going out and doing the devil’s work. That leads to other people doing the same. It’s a problem, so what should we do, ban social media? That idea is more than just crazy speculation, as shared by Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris and others, including a bill by Repubican Sen. Josh Hawley that would regulate “addictive” tech.
Not flesh and blood
Where does this leave us? The problem is not one of black and white, flesh and blood. Under the skin, all flesh is the same, and all blood is red. We are one race: the human race. None of us is an immigrant to planet Earth. Which means there’s another source of the problem, and another source for the solution.
In Galatians Chapter 1, the Apostle Paul referred to “this present evil age” from which Jesus Christ gave His life to deliver us. In Ephesians Chapter 6, Paul wrote:
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.Ephesians 6:12
The devil doesn’t make us do it, but satan is certainly enjoying the show when our society rejects God and His laws, in favor of making ourselves god. When we remove God from our society, and use our own measure of when life begins (and therefore take the lives of millions of unborn children for no reason other than convenience and to avoid being “punished with a baby“); when we measure sexuality as a “social construct” apart from physical truths; when we believe any explanation for the origin of the universe and life other than the mathematically most probable one; we have evicted God.
In 2 Corinthians 3:17, Paul wrote “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” The inverse is also true: where the Spirit of the Lord is rejected, liberty also declines.
In order to address the problem of “gun violence,” we must address the problem of human violence. And in doing so without God, without wisdom, and without unity of purpose in upholding the moral bearing walls of our government of men over men, we will necessarily have to regulate literally everything.
We will need to entrust the tools of violence and compliance to the government. We see it now in England and Europe. Christians taken from the street for preaching the Bible (because it’s “hate”) while knives are regulated because they can be used as weapons. Taking over 300 million guns from civilians in America is simply impossible without mass arrests and slaughter. To whom would the proponents of such a plan hand the power to execute it?
If President Donald Trump, this moment, vowed to take all guns from civilians, Democrats would accuse him of being a dictator, a tyrant, a Hitler, unworthy of such power. I guarantee it. They trust only themselves holding those levers of power, which by itself is prima facie evidence that they should not have those levers.
That’s my point: Nobody should. The power of government is a more efficient weapon in the hands of criminals and sinful people to crush the lives, and murder the innocent than any number of rifles in the hands of sick, ignorant bigoted white young men.
We must do something about the latter problem, but not by falling for the former. Both of these have the same source and the same solution.
As my friend Dr. Michael Brown wrote, Christians, as living representatives of Christ, have a special responsibility to speak up in this matter. Silence is making a deal with the devil. “I encourage every fellow-leader and every fellow-believer to take a moment to ask yourself if you have made a deal with the devil,” Brown wrote. “If so, it’s high time to break that agreement.”
If we do not reverse the course of our society into a secular, God-rejecting nation, the violence will only increase, whether it’s at the hands of criminals, or the hands of the government. The only solution is spiritual. We must repent, as a nation. We must begin now.