16 April 2007

Gun Control and the VA Tech Shootings

So it didn't take any time at all for the Gun Control lobby to come out and preach about the necessities of Gun Control.

First and foremost, my condolences and prayers are with the parents, family and friends of the victims of this tragedy. I'm sorry for your loss.

Now, Gun Control is not the answer. Why? Bad people have always been able to do Bad Things, and they don't obey the laws, so why would Gun Control apply to them anyways? The only thing Gun Control would do is cause law-abiding citizens to not be able to get guns that the Second Amendment to the Constitution affords them:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Virginia has a concealed carry law, but the VA Tech campus doesn't allow concealed carry and furthermore an official praised the defeat of the concealed carry law on campus! With concealed carry, you don't know who around you has a gun, but if someone does, they've gone through extensive background checks and training. This is almost like a type of militia.

School shootings have really increased dramatically. In the 70's they were almost non-existent, and now there are multiple every year. Kids these days have loose morals, but that wasn't always the case. In the 50's you could find a school parking lot with rifles in trucks, but almost no school shootings. There was another thing present in schools in those days, and that was God. Since God was removed from the public schools in 1962, every major social problem has been on the rise: violent crime, divorce, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, etc. Take away children's moral base and tell them that they are the product of nothing other than time, chance and random processes and what do you think will happen? Honestly, where is the outrage?

It's time for America to turn back to the moral base it had. There's nothing progressive about this society.


MrTact said...

Gotta disagree with you there. For you to say that is no less knee-jerk than the gun control nuts pointing to gun proliferation as the problem. To isolate one variable in an extremely complex system and state de facto that it's the cause of all problems doesn't stand up to any kind of scientific or philosophical rigor. Where's your thesis? Where's your control case? In the case of large societies, it's hard to perform these kinds of scientific analyses, because it's not possible to create a U.S. from 1962, leave prayer in schools and see what happens after 50 years.

I guess what I'm saying is, if you're going to assert that you're an intellectual Christian, don't fill up your blog with opinionist rants!

Joshua said...

I don't really see how that's a knee-jerk statement considering that I'm not the first or only one to make that kind of statement. (btw, the other videos at http://drdino.com/downloads.php are great too)

Why does being an intellectual Christian mean that I can't have an opinion? That's more or less the purpose of having a blog. I'm not going to write a paper on the subject, I'm just sharing my opinion--something that you're obviously entitled to do :) I'm not claiming that it's scientific fact because it's obviously something that I can't prove. Warning! Here comes the Opinion: To me, it really seems to make sense that a nation that claims that there is no absolute truth and no moral equality is setting itself up for failure.

Now, I'm not saying that it's the only reason, but the point of the matter is that the Founding Fathers fully intended public schools in America to teach children about Jesus Christ, but for some reason society thinks that it's better off now that it does not.

Is it? I don't think so.

Scott said...

I agree with about 99% of this post...the only thing I find difficult to swallow is the statement that CCW (carry concealed weapons) laws and restrictions mean that those who jump through all the hoops to get one are "almost militia".

To see what the authors of the constitution considered a militia, look at Article 1, Section 8, Clause 15 of the US Constitution, which states that congress has the right to, "...provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions."

With this definition, I don't believe that those who have concealed weapons permits are even close to militia, let alone a "well regulated" militia that the 2nd ammendment addresses.

That having been said, I do believe that gun controls are NOT the answer, in that if you make guns illegal, only outlaws will have guns.