constant vigilence is the price of freedom

The laws of American civilized society are based on Judea Christian doctrine; nowhere in our human experience is right and wrong defined more distinctly than in our religious upbringing. The emphasis today is not on the moral standards religion instills but on the benefits of participation with no clear winners or losers. Without a religious foundation to our learning process we deaden responsibility and create an absence or at least a diminished sense of conscience. Fear of the wrath of the Lord, and love of God, when instilled at a young age and reinforced as we mature, have real consequence and form the basis for discerning right from wrong and builds the conscience to choose what is right and reject wrong when the decision is crucial. Remove prayer, eliminate visible evidence of faith and elevate atheism and agnosticism on a par with religion and young minds are left to decide for themselves what they should believe or not believe. Young minds with no foundation to rely on are not able to make sound decisions on any topic, much less an emotional and complicated subject as religion. Today, even children who come from devout homes are subjected to media, government and institutional challenges to what they’ve been taught and as young adults must learn to cope in a secular society. Is it no wonder that the wanton taking of life seems more prevalent with less remorse?

No one knows what sparks abhorrent behavior or what triggers a maniacal killing spree. But we are creatures with self determination and as such we get the good and the bad in life and only God knows how we reap what we sow. Without the belief in a Higher Power the inability to solve the mysteries of life is even more frustrating. It shouldn’t take a heart rendering tragedy to put us all on our knees praying for answers but for some it does. Can anyone say with certainty that if the country was devout and grounded in religious morality that some tragedies would not have occurred? What does secularism contribute to nonviolence? Eternal damnation is a heavy price to consider for some people. Why are we not convinced today as we once were that the absence of religious acceptance and a religious culture is counter intuitive to moral and ethical behavior?

Barak Obama seemed to be sincerely moved by the tragedy and I don’t deny him that humanity. But it offends me that he could not resist, on his first opportunity to address the public, interjecting his mantra that the nation needs to have a dialogue about guns; as though his administration is waiting for opposition to their assault on the Second Amendment. A president who respects, understands and believes in the Constitution he is sworn to uphold, after a respectful period of mourning, might ask what made the school principal confront an armed killer unarmed? Where was her gun? That’s what we should be asking. We call the police because they have have guns but unfortunately they can only respond after shots are fired. They investigate far more crimes than they prevent.

We all know with certainty that the only deterrent to an armed killer is an armed opponent and a soft target is one where there is no likelihood of guns being present. Yet illogically the conversation will now be dominated by those who seek to remove legal guns. We who would train and arm teachers, nurses and school principals will be drowned out by anti gun groups using sympathy and outrage for the victims and these emotionally charged events to further a cause they are heavily invested in politically. Who has the moral high ground after a mass murder or a brazen murder in plain view? Those who would make entering a school house or place of business more risky to the criminal or those who are concerned for the criminals’ safety? Those who believe we should instill religious moral and ethical values or those who believe these tragedies demonstrate that God does not exist? Judging from the outflowing of prayer and increase in church attendance and a dramatic spike in gun purchases afterward, we can only bemoan the fact that people have short memories and will soon return to their usual routines and attitudes. The newly purchased guns will soon be collecting dust in a drawer and renewed religious fervor will subside until the next shock to our sensibilities. Political forces for total transformation of our country will pick up where they left off and the assault on our rights will resume as before. There is a lesson to be gained from these tragedies but we will undoubtedly miss it again.

Why is no one willing to state with authority that guns prevent far more crime in America than crimes that are successfully executed at gun point? Where is the concerted effort to oppose change by educating Americans in the ways of dictators, fascists and Communists? Where is the message to warn Americans that a government that wants your guns wants your freedom and fears the people? These are the governments that promote divisiveness and secularism.

We are dealing with a tragedy of such devastating consequence that it is difficult at best to be forced to defend our Republic, but I didn’t make the rules. It is the enemy that had the temerity to say “never let a crisis go to waste”, knowing full well that when we mourn we are most vulnerable. If we don’t respond or keep up our defenses the tragedy is compounded. My flag remains at half mast for each senseless loss of life and the ongoing mutinous assault on our liberty.

Has anyone figured out that dictators and all autocratic governments are the primary forces striving to remove God and Guns from public access? Will we allow this tragedy to further their intentions when we are demonstrating the opposite? This is an opportunity for real Americans to stand for religious freedom and the Second Amendment as it is written and intended; to defend against oppressive government. The return to prayer is an opportunity to reconnect with our heritage and for once see the lesson in our sorrow. No death should be in vain. Our prayers are with the families who will mourn this loss for the rest of their lives. If the nation holds this connection to prayer as a result let that be the one positive we take from an otherwise unfathomable despair. Amen.




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