Tuesday, March 20, 2018

School shootings and gun control

IMHO, we often get bogged down in the details of  the school shootings/gun control debate and miss the bigger picture. Here is my take on the gun issue. Very generally speaking, conservatives have a more negative view of human nature than progressives. Many conservatives believe that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” “there are none righteous, no not one,” and “there heart is desperately wicked….” Even those conservatives who do not have a Judeo-Christian base tend to agree that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That being the case, we (following our founding fathers) are afraid of big government which can so easily be corrupted and become tyrannical. Conservatives tend to think that a well-armed citizenry is a hindrance to potential government tyranny. 

Progressives, on the other hand, seem to think that people are basically good. Many seem to think that there are no bad people, just people who do bad things. And when they do bad things there is always a reason—poverty, or not enough education, etc. We don’t need punishment—just more education, more welfare, or rehabilitation. And since people are basically good, government can be trusted to provide our needs and regulate our lives for our own good. The idea that people should be armed as a hindrance to government tyranny is just outdated paranoia. 

Unfortunately for progressives, we have a Second Amendment—and when progressives failed in their attempts to re-define it to limit the right to bear arms to the military, they now use any and all tactics to limit that right as much as the courts will allow (and they pack the courts with those who think the Constitution is a “living, breathing document” so they can make it mean what they want it to mean)—until such time as they can get the Second Amendment repealed entirely.

The tricky part is that not even the NRA thinks the Second Amendment is absolute. For example, last I heard, the NRA is not fighting for the right of the average Joe to carry fully automatic weapons or bazookas. And that’s where the conflict is. Generally speaking, Progressives would like to limit our right to bear arms as much as they possibly can. Conservatives are afraid that any additional limitations lead to a slippery slope—knowing full that Progressives stand fully ready to push us down that slope, and also knowing that absolutely no concessions conservatives make will ever be good enough for progressives.

IMHO, because Progressives’ use school shootings and other gun violence as tools toward increasingly disarming us (and use school kids as pawns), they neglect other very important factors in the gun violence. Take, for example, mental illness. It was the progressives who shut down the mental hospitals in the 70’s and made it practically impossible to have someone committed! 

Progressives neglect the role of godlessness in our society. But it was the progressives who took religion out of the schools! 

Progressives generally neglect the role of Hollywood’s promotion of gun violence in movies and video games. But rather than shaming Hollywood for this, progressives control Hollywood and celebrate Hollywood for pushing all the boundaries. 

Progressives are also the ones who tend to argue for more lenient sentences, making it possible for violent criminals to go through the revolving door of “justice. 

Finally, much of the gun violence is drug related, and yet progressives have opposed all efforts to control illegal immigration across our southern border...traffic that includes drug running and violent gangs.

Neglecting bigger issues like these and focusing primarily on guns is like trying to treat measles with makeup or band aids!

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