Due to recent events locally and in Florida, I figured I would jump on the bandwagon. Gun control has been a hot topic all over social media and is polarizing friends and family against each other. The misinformation is insane and has created some serious issue. The school with SHS as its initials had a gun threat, and a kid from a local school with the same initials thought it was his school and brought a gun and knife to school with him to protect himself and friends. This child was a grade school kid who went to the same school as my kids. This kid was terrified and became part of the problem by trying to solve it. The solution isn’t just a more perfect law to control the flow of guns and ammunition because the problem goes much further than that. Gun violence happens because of a variety of reasons, but it all comes down to mental health, parenting, and a government that makes it difficult for people to provide for themselves. I should state at this point that this is purely my opinion, and I am by no means an expert. Misinformation is far too common, so don’t take anything at face value.
People have an odd way of trying to go from pure freedom to placing rules upon themselves, sometimes extreme rules. For example, let’s think for a minute about early Christianity. In the early days of Christianity, the 600+ laws of the Old Testament had been added to, for instance, the law of not working on the Sabbath. The Pharisees took that law and added a limit on how far a person may walk on the Sabbath. Many more of those same laws were redefined in much the same way to ensure that the laws wouldn’t be broken by mistake. About 400 years before the birth of Jesus all of Israel and Judah was uprooted and kept in captivity by foreign governments. This was a result of a failure to observe the laws of Moses and allowing outside religion to become part of their society. They had many warnings that horrible things would happen, but of course nobody believes those kinds of things until they happen. Whether you believe that’s the explanation for their captivity or not, it’s what they believed and they took returning to the laws of Moses deadly serious. However what they failed to take into account was God.
The book of Isaiah reduced those 600+ laws to 6 and the book of Micah reduced them down to 3. However, that didn’t seem to matter to the Pharisees. They let fear dictate their lives, and as a result, Jesus was killed. The signs that Jesus was who he said he was, was right in front of them and they failed to see it because of fear. What’s happening today, in terms of gun control, is much the same. We are so afraid that there will be another shooting, that we discount what we are losing by implementing stricter gun control. I’m not saying that we should get rid of gun control, or even stop implementing it. What I am saying is that there is a greater concern than safety from individual’s with guns. In part 2 of this post I will expand to talk about what I view the factors of the cause of these shootings to be, but for now, consider that there are multiple sides of this issue and dismissing any of it is short-sighted and dangerous. Gun control needs to happen, but there has to be a middle ground.