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Life in Pro-Gun America.

September 23, 2013 by  
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( God’s law is crystal clear when it demands “Thou shalt not kill.” The laws of man also declare the same. For this reason, murder – the taking of a human life through violence – carries extremely severe consequences and punishments within civilized societies. Since these things are true, how are the events of this past Monday still possible in America?

On Monday, there was yet another mass shooting in the U.S. The location this time was the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. – a heavily secured military complex. After a hail of bullets burst forth, 13 people (including the gunman, Aaron Alexis) were dead and 8 people were wounded/injured. This tragedy is already one of the worst mass shootings to ever occur at an American military facility; and also one of the deadliest events in the history of Washington, D.C.

Today, my Ministerial duties required me to attend a funeral. As I offeredcongress-guncontrol words of comfort to members of the grieving family, I was reminded that in the next few days, there will be 13 similar gatherings. There will be 13 more homecoming ceremonies. 13 more sets of mourning family members and friends. There is, however, a difference. 12 men and women were murdered in our nation’s capital by a single, mentally ill gunman whose motives remain unknown. When going to work is now considered being in the wrong place at the wrong time, things are very, very wrong here in the United States of America.

Consider the words of Dr. Janis Orlowski, the chief medical officer/chief operating officer for MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Orlowski treated three victims of Monday’s DC Navy Yard shooting who were transported to the hospital where she works. Shortly thereafter, she felt compelled to say this at a televised press conference: “There’s something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate.

We’ve got to figure this out. We’ve got to be able to help each other. We’re dealing right now with three innocent people. But my prayers and my thoughts go out to those people who have died as a result of today. And, you know, their families and what they’re going to have to go through.” She also added: “I would like you to put my trauma center out of business. I would like to not be an expert on gunshots. Let’s get rid of this. This is not America. This is not Washington D.C. This is not good.”

Dr. Orlowski spoke truthfully, candidly, and fearlessly. The good doctor recognizes that she and you and I all live in a country where the blood of innocents falls upon our streets like red rain. D.C. is a red state thanks to yesterday’s mass shooting. Colorado is a red state thanks to events like the mass shooting last July at a movie theater in Aurora. Connecticut is a red state thanks to events like the mass shooting last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Virginia is a red state thanks to the mass shooting in 2009 at Virginia Tech. Illinois is a red state thanks to the ongoing mass shootings in Chicago. And so on.

If only our Senators, Congress members, and Governors – those who could write and pass into law meaningful gun safety legislation – displayed Dr. Orlowski’s courage. Far too many of them defend the gun lobby-powered status quo. Therefore, I will call them out for what they are: cowards, obstructionists, and death merchants. Sirs and madams, Democrats and Republicans – your hands are stained with the red rain symptomatic of your inability and refusal to do that which is right. You are leaders in name only. Guns bring a screeching halt to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Meanwhile, that deafening silence you hear from the GOP and the NRA right now is them waiting for the news cycle to move on to something else. They cannot even bring themselves to offer genuine words of condolence to the families of those slaughtered on Monday. Wayne LaPierre – NRA spokesman and Executive VP – infamously said in the aftermath of Newtown that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Well, there were literally thousands of guns at the D.C. Navy Yard, but lives were still lost. Mr. LaPierre’s logic is revealed to be as flawed as his beliefs.

The U.S. Constitution was written in accordance with the Bible. Thou shalt not kill. If Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) being shot in the head point-blank in 2011 didn’t move the NRA and GOP to act, what will? This past January, Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) asked: “How many people have to die before we do something?” Apparently 11,000 American gun deaths a year isn’t enough. At least, not yet. So more red rain must fall.

Staff Writer; Arthur L. Jones, III

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10 Responses to “Life in Pro-Gun America.”
  1. Ray says:

    My brother,
    do not foforget that Christhe told his desciples to sell their cloaks and buy swords if they did not have one. As men of God, we have a mandate to protect our loved ones. We are called to be the head,please remember that. In Christ,

  2. CD Smith says:

    The gun laws have accomplished what they set out to do which is make it tougher for a “law-abiding” citizen to have one.

    For the record, there is a difference between killing and murder. That scripture you quoted is within the context of “moral” law (Ten Commandments)

    Murder is never right but killing is sometimes necessary and justifiable.

  3. give me a break says:

    It’s ludicrous to think more gun regulation will curtail gun violence….CHICAGO…..

  4. Anne says:

    I’m for sensible gun control laws to keep guns out of the hands of mentally unstable folks like the shooter in Newtown, Connecticut, the Virginia Tech shooter, and the one who killed the 12 people at Navy Yard. I’m also for laws that keep guns out of the hands of hot-headed simpletons like George Zimmerman and the other bonehead from Florida who killed Jordan Davis. It’s ludicrous to have to register automobiles which are used for transportation, but not guns whose only purpose is to kill. Besides, the NRA already registers gun owners. There are responsible gun owners who store their guns in safe places in their homes out of the reach of children and who try to avoid unnecessary confrontations that lead to gun violence. I have no problem with them. However, I do have a problem with folks who think gun laws are designed to take their precious guns away. That’s when the love of guns becomes pathological. It makes no sense to have so much gun-related carnage in our country. We can do so much better.

  5. toomanygrandkids says:

    Lives and the law aren’t taken into consideration when a mentally crazed lunatics plan to kill/shoot people on any given day at any given time. I say defend yourself by any means necessary from these gun-toting, trigger-happy scumbags.

  6. Excellent article. America is falling apart, the so called Dream is long gone for so called middle-class and working class as the one percent takes All the Money. The movie Elysium shows where we Will end up. Nothing will stop the decline. If the Bible is right, Return of Jesus is Only hope.

  7. Ford says:

    …hassan. First they will demand registration. Then a permit along with restrictions as to where the weapon may be stored/carried. Along with these demands will be an ever increasing fee for ownership. Colt m4? Between one and five thousand dollars a year for a permit sounds about right. Obama and crew are after gun confiscation. Get enough instant new democrats and the confiscation will start.

  8. Slicemaster19 says:

    Do yourself a favor, and actually research what you write about

    “The location this time was the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. – a heavily secured military complex”.

    Military installations PROHIBIT the carrying of firearms unless it is directly related to your duty. At the time of the shooting, there were 6 PRIVATE security guards onboard the base, 5 of them at the front gate. Basically this was a gun free zone, just like nearly every single mass shooting since 1950.

    The Navy Yard in DC, and the playground in Chicago were 13 people were wounded by gunfire from gang members (thank God no one was killed) took place in 2 of the most heavily gun regulated locations in the country. The shooter in DC successfully PASSED a Federal background check to get his gun, despite obviously being mentally deranged and having 2 prior gun violations that never got reported to the NICS background check system.

    And this is what you want to expand; gun free zones that practically invite mass shootings, and strict gun control and background checks that don’t actually stop anyone.

    Might want to pray on this topic a little harder.

  9. hassan_aziz says:

    Arthur, are you really that naive to think if more stringent laws were passed that the violence would stop? If you are really that altruistic and are concerned for the safety of the American public, why would you want to take their right to self defense away from them. In fact, the Original Black Panthers supported gun rights along with Malcom X, and MLK. If you think there is violence now, wait to see what happens if they ever try systematic gun confiscation in this country, you will be working day and night 7/24 giving eulogies.

  10. ewill says:

    What is your point?
    Is Pro-Gun bad?
    Gun violence has nothing to do with the NRA or the GOP.
    The main connection with gun violence is Negros.
    Read your bible more before you try to preach about “thou shall not kill”

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