“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Thursday, February 15, 2018

FLORIDA KILLINGS BEG THE QUESTION (AGAIN)

Parkland school shooting victim
On Valentines Day 2018, a young man with mental issues, Nikolas Cruz (19), murdered 17 people at his former high school in Parkland Florida. Apparently Cruz was armed to the teeth with assault weapons. Evil. I grieve today with my American brothers and sisters.

I have an abiding love for America. In fact, the day my own country of Canada legalized medically assisting the suicides of sick and disabled people (at tax payer expense) was the day I starting wanting to move to the U.S.. I love everything about America except its obsession with guns. Does the 2nd Constitutional Amendment mean a right to bear assault weapons designed for one reason: Killing people? Don't get me wrong I believe in civil liberty as much as the guy. But for the life of me, I don't understand why ordinary citizens need AK47s, or other automatic weapons. It's simply beyond me.

I've heard the defence that people need a weapon to defend their property and families. That's what police are for. The response may be that some neighborhoods are so violent that people need to keep a pistol in their night-drawer to ward of intruders until the police arrive. Okay, but a pistol is vastly different than an automatic weapon. 

The Parkland high school slaughter begs the question that needs to
be answered: Should ordinary citizens have assault weapons designed for military applications? Is it reasonable for someone with a history of mental illness to have any gun?  My answer is no. 

But then what do I know, I'm a naive Canadian.  For the longest time I thought the right to bear arms had something to do with short-sleeved shirts.

Mark

1 comment:

alolson said...

Mark,
What has happened in Florida is horrible, but as has been said before, the problem is the person, not the weapon. If they don't have guns, they use cars, bombs, knives, trucks and other means of killing. Our problem is a lack of love and the elimination of God from our culture. Eliminating guns won't eliminate the problem.

Also, AR15's are not automatic weapons. They are semi-automatic and that is a big difference. The AR is purchased for hunting and competition shootings-not for killing people-the majority of the time.