Ok, let's talk about "Reasonable Laws" ...
Of course, you might think that I am going to talk about "reasonable" laws concerning gun control - a.k.a. Reasonable Gun Control Laws.
But, you'd be wrong. Oh, I might come around to that later, but for now, let's talk about other "reasonable" legislation. Let's start with "Reasonable" restrictions on free speech.
"Oh, now you're just being silly", I hear some say. Well, no. Let's reason this out!
Just like you wouldn't want a Musician reviewing and determining if the structure you are about to build is going to be stable and sound, does it make sense to have someone that has no experience with a particular firearm (let alone ANY firearm), have an opinion about that firearm? (although, if it's a theater or amphitheater, you might want some input on the acoustics of the place, but not if it's going to stand up to the weather!)
So, perhaps, don't you think it would be a reasonable thing to have a law that prohibits anyone from publishing an opinion, in any form (web, print, video, speech) on the capabilities of a particular firearm, without first having taken some sort of course, and being certified "safe", or "educated" sufficiently to speak out on it? After all, we don't let people drive without first proving they are capable of handling a car safely! Why shouldn't someone have to prove they can handle forming an opinion about something, by actually handling, and performing certain basic operations. Why limit it to firearms? Why not also limit it to social programs, or opinions about banning booze or other things?
Something to think about, huh?
Perhaps it's a Gift...
Perhaps it's a Gift
Reading some of the other blogger's thoughts in the great blogoshpere of life, I got to wondering - after one commented (and I quote), "Man…preparedness finally started going mainstream and -whammo- back into the closet." (quoted from "Notes From the Bunker"), perhaps this is a gift to us preppers.
Now, before you go all, "you have no sympathy!" on me, I do, I really do. And I have prayed to God many times that the families of the victims can find some peace through out this, and in this season - some way that they can deal with it. I doubt that it will ever make sense to them (let alone us) this side of eternity.
But, in the past 6 months to a year we've seen many a prepper come "out of the closet", only to have a small subset of those wind up in trouble with the law. And yet, a lot of preppers/survivalists haven't seemed to learn the lesson of OPSEC, or simply keeping a low profile.
Perhaps, this will be the type of "persecution" that will cause the prepper movement to go back underground. To mind our P's and Q's, as my dad used to say. And in the course of that do band together more tightly, with more of a purpose than previously.
Let's admit it. Some of us were getting a bit fast and loose with the new found noteriety that shows like "Doomsday Prepper" and others were bringing to the movement, even while we ridiculed those that went on it, and wound up in hot water.
Sometimes, a "movement" can become too popular.
So perhaps the notion that "mom" in thise incident was a prepper, just might be a gift to us. The question is, will be accept it for what it is, or will we, like so many other "Gifts", simply choose to ignore it?
What is WRONG with people?
What is WRONG with people?
To those of you that are berating Christians for saying they are praying for the families of the victims in Connecticut with something along the lines of, "PRAY?! Why pray? Where was god through all this", (note the use of the little 'g' that unbelievers and scoffers like to use), "Why didn't your god stop this? There is too much/many guns!", I have the following to say.
You wanted God out of the schools, you got Him out of the schools, and this is the type of thing that you reap.
Ok, I hear you, "Separation of Church and State!" ..., you cry. Ok, let's assume for the moment that what you say is true. And really, the basic problem isn't that God is not taught in schools any longer, the basic problem is that the schools of today are teaching that truth is relative.
If we weren't teaching that "if it feels good, do it!", or "this is all there is, so live life large", "go big or go home", etc... all of which are pretty much philosophies without consequenses, temporal or eternal, these sort of events would most likely dwindle.
Let's do something that those of you on the left hate to do ... Let's look at results. Let's look at history.
In the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's you could purchase a firearm from a hardware store, at an army surplus store or even order them from the Sears catalog to be delivered to your door! No waiting period, no form 4473, no NICS check. How many school massacres were there?
In the 1940's, 1950's and1960's, anyone could buy guns at hardware stores, army surplus stores, gas stations, variety stores, Sears mail order, no waiting, no background check, no fingerprints, no government forms and there were no school shootings.
In 1940 there were 11, 1 which was a father that killed his daughter, 1 which was a "youth" shooting a math teacher, 1 was a suicide, 3 apparent accidents, 1 of which was at a college (in a frat house), 3 of which were adults on adults, the rest were kids on kids (some of which were gangs) - total dead: 12. The worst of which was California ex-principle killing 5 of the school officials.
In 1950 there were 17.
In 1960 there were 11.
in the 1970's there were 6, including Kent state.
The sharpest uptick in shootings occurs after the 80's.
Let's look at other issues. Abortion. In 1973 (According to the Alen Guttmacher Institute) there were 744,600 children killed while still in the mothers womb. By 1983 that had risen to 1,575,000. In 1990, we reached the pinnicle of killing children while in the protective environment of the mothers womb at 1,608,600. Since then it has declined to something over 1,200,000 (last data are for 2007). But teaching that you need to do what's right for you, and that's all that matters, has not effected those numbers one bit, right?
Now, don't get me wrong, the women aren't the only ones that bear responsibility in this issue. Actually, in my opinion, they bear less than the father of that unborn child, and FAR less than the person performing the procedure! And yet, they are the ones that an abortion impacts more than anyone, except the child itself.
Then of course, you can look at business. There once was a time in our history when the reputation of a business was guarded closely. A time when companies didn't need to have ethics commitiees or violence policy committees. A time when everyone knew that a business took care of it's people, not just the people at the top. Sure, there were some issues, but they were issues of pay, and benefits, not of skimming off the top of the pension fund, or investing the company assets in dubious paper hoping to "make a killing". A time when the way to the top was hard work and sweat and a "good name", not stepping all over those that were working with you just to get ahead!
Now we have Bernie Madhoff, and others like him (I'd even class Ben Bernanke in the same category).
And finally, in the 50's, 60's, and 70's (and even some in the 80's) we had public officials that still believed in being public servants. Serving the public, not thier own interests. After all, if this life is all we have, what difference does it matter if I screw the other guy out of his hard earned pay, launder it though some government program and put a percentage of it into my own pocket?
Of course, not ALL public officials are like this, but it sure seems like we're seeing more and more of this attitude every month, if not every day.
So, I ask you. What would you rather have? Your kids being taught that there is a larger purpose in life, a purpose filled with meaning or that there is no purpose in life and so you might as well make your own purpose (in whatever way you please)? Or, which would you rather have - Kids being taught that there are consequences for their actions, both temporal and eternal, and that if you don't get the temporal ones now, you'll certainly get them later or, it doesn't matter what you do - there aren't any lasting consequences, and even if there are, it isn't like you're going to be around forever, right? Or perhaps you'd like your kids to learn that there isn't such a thing as absolute truth, that perhaps the laws of gravity don't apply to them, and whatever the family next door believes might be true for them, but doesn't have to be true for you...?
Of course you can't teach that truth is relative if God "is in the schools" because He proclaims Himself to BE truth! He proclaims there is only ONE truth, and that truth is found in Him, and in His word!
Of course you can't teach the lies of Socialism and Communism if God is in the schools because His truth eventually will outshine all falsehood.
So, to you that are so quick to condemn Christians of wanting to go back to the past... was the past that bad? We don't have to take EVERYTHING from the past ... I know I wouldn't want the racism, the cold war, or the '69 Cubs ... but let's take the good things of the past. The teaching of truth - absolute truth - the realization that man is imperfect, and never will be perfect. The lessons of history that state this is a great nation, that we indeed were founded as a Christian nation (meaning our values and principles were shaped by the Judeo-Christian way of thinking, NOT that we are a theocracy), and that this led to an exceptional nation, with limited government (meaning that the government had limits defining what it could and could not do).
Are you ready for things to get much, MUCH worse, if we should continue down this road? Isn't the definition of insanity, doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result? Isn't that what you're asking us to do? More of what has caused the problems in the first place?
Oh, "but we haven't done ENOUGH!", you cry.
But we HAVE. We've been doing this now for over 40 years and it's not getting better. It's like the doctor saying, "if we just let a bit more blood out, you'll stop looking pale!"
Last modified on 2012-05-28 by jhasz