For what seems like half a decade, our daily news has been flooded with news of mass shootings and terrorist attacks. Our local channels almost without fail will start their news cast with the latest homicides in the city. It’s to the point of absurdity. Of course, there is a reason WHY they do this. They are trying to push us to the point to where we say that we need to get rid of guns. They push these stories out to the point that we are exhausted of hearing about it so the only logical thing we can do is make laws banning guns. The weapon of choice for the anti-gun control crowd is the AR-15. The media calls this an assault rifle. By the way, “AR” does not stand for assault rifle. The official name is ArmaLite, so that is where the AR comes from. Oh, and on a side note, I’ve heard some anti-gun people call the AR-15, and AK-15…..sorry, but if you’re going to be “anti” anything, you might want to be familiar with what you’re against. Just sayin’.
First of all, we have laws pertaining to the buying and selling of guns. We have background checks in place. We have cities and states that have passed some of the strictest gun laws in the country. But guess what? CRIMINALS DON’T OBEY THE LAW! And, I’m not even sure if the government is enforcing the current laws. A lot of our elected officials, it seems, have a problem with following the law themselves, so what makes us think that they have any desire to uphold the laws in place for the buying and selling of guns? I mean, look at Chicago. They boast of having the strictest gun laws but, yet, their homicide rate is ridiculously high. So, tell me. How are those laws working out for them??
So, here is the point of my post. The purpose of “laws” are to tell people what is right and what is wrong. What behaviors are acceptable and what are not. Let’s look at the Ten Commandments (the Mosaic LAW), shall we. How many of us perfectly keep all Ten Commandments? Be honest. NONE of us can keep every single one of them. There are Christians who take the LORD’s name in vain. I’ve heard it. We’ve all lied at some point in our life. We’ve all experienced envy over something someone else has, or committed adultery (remember just lusting about someone else in your mind is adultery). And none of us keeps our civil laws perfectly either. Any Christian reading this ever got a speeding ticket? What about recording a pirated copy of a movie or song even though the law states that to do so is a federal crime? So, if none of us can keep the Ten Commandments perfectly, and none of us follow our civil laws perfectly, what makes you think that every single person is going to follow new gun laws?? Like I said earlier, the law is there to tell us what is right and wrong. But the law CANNOT force us to obey the law. I know this because my house is on a one-way street and at 4:30 in the morning, there is no one else driving on my road, so one morning, to keep from having to go the long way around to get to where I was going (work), I drove down my street going the wrong way because I knew there would be no one else who was going to be on that street that early in the morning. Well, guess what? That morning there just happened to be a police car sitting in the church parking lot around the corner from my house at 4:30 AM and he gave me a ticket. Even though there’s signs on either end of my road that says “One Way Street”, those signs did not keep me from driving the wrong way on my street. Know what keeps me from driving the wrong way on my street now? A $288 ticket!! I suffered the consequences of my actions and that is what keeps me going in the right direction now. I just wish Mr. Po-Po is there when everyone else drives the wrong way on my street…..in the afternoons…..in broad daylight. But, no, he was there at 4:30 in the morning when no one else is driving that road.
Back to my point……laws can’t force people to obey. You can scream about needing more laws all day long but those new laws won’t suddenly make people righteous and law-abiding citizens. If people aren’t obeying the laws we have now, they’re not going to suddenly obey the new ones. What needs to happen is for our officials to ENFORCE the laws we have now!! And when someone gets caught breaking said laws, make them pay the consequences. I could get on a tangent about our justice system but that’s a whole other can of worms for another day.
We need to use common sense about this. The law has no power in and of itself. The power comes from the ones making the laws when they enforce them. And right now, they’re not doing a very good job of enforcing the laws we have now. Not trying to be a conspiracy theorist or anything, but my guess is the government doesn’t WANT to enforce them so that they can persuade us, the people, that what we have now isn’t working. Well, of course, they aren’t working because the government isn’t doing THEIR job in enforcing them. It’s time to wake up and make our elected officials do their job and enforce the current laws we have now. More restrictions just make it harder for the normal, law-abiding people to obtain guns. These laws that our government wants to make are supposed to target the criminals, but I believe they are wanting to make it harder for the rest of us. To paraphrase a quote I saw the other day, “The answer to stopping crazy people with guns are sane people with better aim.”
Stop being afraid of guns. Be afraid of a government who wants to take away your right to defend yourself because if they take one right away, they will start chipping away at other rights. Anything can be used as a weapon: baseball bats, kitchen knives, an axe, speeding cars, a truck full of fertilizer. But they’re targeting guns because a group of patriotic citizens with guns are enemies of a government who wants to become totalitarian. If you don’t like guns. That’s fine. That’s your right. If you choose to defend yourself with a can of mace or pepper spray, you have every right to do so. But for those who want to defend themselves with a gun, and they prefer an AR-15, that is a right that should NOT be taken away.