Rational vs. Emotion

The nation’s heart goes out for the victims of the school shooting this week.  I can’t imagine how someone can act in such an evil way.  Yes EVIL, not sick, evil.  It seems the media wants to walk a fine line between morning for the victims yet explain the killer’s action as something sick inside of him.  The world has rejected God and this rejection leaves a whole in our thought process.  We want to objectify this action as a really, really bad thing, but we can’t without appealing a law giver greater than ourselves.  In addition, the world wants to be materialistic and atheistic, yet the want to blame God when something this bad happens.  To that I say we reap what we sow.  We should not be surprised when God lifts His restraint on evil.  He does so all the time.  Listen to me carefully, I am not saying that the children who were brutally shot dead are to blame for the killings.  What I am saying is that this is a consequence of the rejection of God from our society.  It is a consequence that has been felt throughout time and we must understand that the problem isn’t that people have suddenly become more evil but that we are not privy to every single situation of evil worldwide.

The consequences for our access to information is most easily felt in our loss of liberty.  The USA has a fundamental belief in human liberty.  A belief so strong that we have protected our liberty in our founding documents.  Where many country’s founding documents talk of the limitations on liberty, ours takes a positive approach and specifically spells out our God-given freedoms.  Many in the world don’t get this difference and don’t understand what makes American so different.  With liberty comes strife from time to time and though this has always been the case, our knowledge of all the strife worldwide gives us pause and we second guess our liberties.  Gun control is a prime example of this.  Since the unfortunate situation of the death of so many innocent children, there is a call for the removal of the 2nd Amendment – “The right to bare arms”.  They say “enough is enough and there is no need for guns in a civilized society”.  Perhaps they are right.  Perhaps we don’t need guns in a civilized society.  The problem is, the 2nd amendment has nothing to do with how civilized we are. It has everything to do with protecting us from the destruction of civilized society.  We are fundamentally given the right to own guns, not to hunt animals or target shoot, but to protect ourselves from the misgivings of an out of control government.  Our government is “of the people, by the people for the people”. If our government doesn’t not live up to these fundamental beliefs, it is the obligation of the people to remove the government.  That’s why we own guns.  At risk of having the FBI knocking on my door, I have to say, I am not making a personal statement here, I am just stating the reasons why the 2nd amendment exists.

Where this concept become tricky is when we layer our freedoms with irrational beliefs.  Unlike the NRA, I will not use pithy statements like “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”.  Though true, it’s not helpful in determining the responsibility with deaths by firearms.  The fact is, if firearms didn’t exist, death by firearms would be zero, so firearms are effective in killing people.  In fact, guns only have one purpose. They are not to collect, they are not for shooting cardboard targets, they are meant to kill things.  This is their only purpose.  However, what we see worldwide is that controlling guns does not reduce deaths.  The United States has had a declining murder

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population since the 1990s. Our enforcement of current gun laws, the increase in investigation techniques and technologies and a rise in education has reduced the rate of murder to the same level as 1960.  At the same time the number of guns sold in the USA has increased exponentially (http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-gunownership.htm)

So though we appear to be less safe in America, the belief that we are in danger is irrational and not supported by the facts.

Here are some facts:

 

• The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world – an average of 88 per 100 people. That puts it first in the world for gun ownership – and even the number two country, Yemen, has significantly fewer – 54.8 per 100 people

• But the US does not have the worst firearm murder rate – that prize belongs to Honduras, El Salvador and Jamaica. In fact, the US is number 28, with a rate of 2.97 per 100,000 people

• Puerto Rico tops the world’s table for firearms murders as a percentage of all homicides – 94.8%. It’s followed by Sierra Leone in Africa and Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean

(http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gun-homicides-ownership-world-list#data)

This is not a blog post on the fact of firearms, however.  It is a post on the inability to people to see rationality.  It is a fact that we are emotional beings, and though this gives us an edge as a moral animal, it can also be dangerous if we do not balance our emotion with the ability to see objective truth.  For many years now our desire to reject truth for preference has lead us to a deeply ignorant population.  As the media perpetuates our ignorance and replaces truth with news that sells, we have created an unthinking, undiscriminating and ignorant people bent on doing what feels right as opposed to what IS right.  We must not lose our ability to feel but we must understand that truth is truth weather we like it or not.  The fact is America has less gun violence, less kidnapping and overall less crime than in the past decades.  We should not remove our God given liberties based on our access to more information.  People are depraved, evil, violent S.O.B.s and we should not be surprised by this violence.  Guns aside, pray for the people who lost their children and have met evil face-to-face, but balance this deep desire to morn lose as a nation with the truth about our nation.

 

 

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