August 6, 2012 · By Bob Ellis · 1 Comments
President Obama is absolutely right when he says that Americans need to so some soul-searching in the wake of the slaughter in Wisconsin over the weekend.
From the Washington Times:
President Obama said mass shootings like the one in Wisconsin over the weekend are becoming far too commonplace and should prompt some “soul searching” by all Americans.
“All of us recognize that these kinds of terrible, tragic events are happening with too much regularity,” Mr. Obama told reporters at a White House bill-signing ceremony when asked whether further gun control measures were needed.
He said leaders and representatives from different sectors of society need to come together for a national discussion on gun violence, but he declined to elaborate what measures or steps he would advocate.
Obama is also absolutely wrong when he implies that “soul-searching” needs to involve the surrendering of our God-given rights, especially when protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Guns don’t load themselves with ammunition. Guns don’t point themselves at innocent people. Guns don’t pull their own triggers. Guns don’t take innocent human lives.
People, on the other hand, made the decision, out of the evil in their hearts, to do harm to innocent human beings.
People, on the other hand, make the decision, out of the evil in their hearts, to aim guns at innocent human beings.
People, on the other hand, make the decision, out of the evil in their hearts, to pull the trigger of a loaded gun aimed at innocent human beings.
People, on the other hand, make the decision, out of the evil in their hearts, to take innocent human life.
Obviously, guns are not the problem, but the unrestrained evil inside the hearts of some.
Obviously, we need to be doing some serious soul-searching about the evil in our hearts.
Quite clearly, the anti-Christian, anti-moral, anti-life, no-objective-moral-values, lowest-common-denominator, agenda of the Democrat Party (and some in the Republican Party) is closest to the heart of the problem here.
The founders of our nation–whom so many on the Left hold in derision and contempt–recognized these fundamental truths more than 200 years ago:
In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government. That is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible. - Benjamin Rush, doctor and signer of the Declaration of Independence
Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. – Benjamin Franklin
Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore lay Christ at the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning. - Harvard’s Rules and Precepts from 1636 / Josiah Quincy, LL, D., History of Harvard University (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee, & Co., 1860), 515
Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, united their endeavours to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity…in short of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system. – Samuel Adams
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. - John Adams
Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine …. Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. - James Wilson, signer of the Declaration, member of the Continental Congress, constructor of the Constitution, one of the original Supreme Court justices appointed by President George Washington.
Religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. Therefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man toward God. - Gouverneur Morris, signer of the Constitution
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens…And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. – President George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796
How powerless conscience would become without the belief of a God…Erase all thought and fear of God from a community, and selfishness and sensuality would absorb the whole man. Appetite, knowing no restraint…would trample in scorn on the restraints of human laws…Man would become…what the theory of atheism declares him to be – a companion for brutes. - William Ellery Channing / McGuffey’s 5th Eclectic Reader, 1879
If a bunch of “primitive” old men from 200 years ago could figure it out, why are we so self-destructively stupid?
Or we can sit back and resign ourselves to continued slaughter and more loss of freedom.
The choice is ours.
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