Another senseless tragedy

David D. Creekmore

The other day, a young man from a relatively affluent family took three guns that “belonged to his mother” He went to a local elementary school, and opened fire. You would have to be deaf, dumb, and blind not to have heard about this tragedy.

The other night, I was sitting in a restaurant having dinner with a friend. George happens to be another Civil War buff, as I am. The conversation turned to the shooting. Suddenly, he said “we are blaming the instruments and not the cause “When you look at the several shootings – not just in America, but overseas, too they have a common thread. They are all done by young white men with guns that were purchased for them by their parents. 

The parents all say the same thing- he was brilliant. He spent hours every day on video games. Yes, the violent games where you kill, and kill again day after day. They are purchased for them by the same parents. Either the parents or other family members all say that the shooter had “mental problems.”

The parents who purchased the guns don’t seem to think it was wrong to give guns to a person with a mental illness. They don’t see anything wrong with the boy watching videos, and killing things on a screen 18 hours a day until it becomes reality. This is wrong. Let us look in proverbs 22:6- “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Participating in murder, robbery, rape, and senseless violence 18 to 20 hours  a day is not raising up a child properly.

In restaurants, malls, stores, and on the streets youngsters are glued to some form of electronic device so that they can escape reality- and enter a world where shooting every living thing is meritorious and not killing is punishable. Parents, why do you buy these young men guns? There is a law that prohibits them from owning these weapons until they achieve (maybe) adulthood. What good do you think you are doing by furnishing the instruments of slaughter to a deranged young man?

In old English common law, there was a system called “Deodad.” Essentially, any instrument that caused the death of another was forfeited to the king. Pistols, shotguns, even wagons that had run over someone were forfeit to the crown. We do the same thing in forfeiting the instruments of death to the law enforcement agencies. Not only do we have the video killers, we have children as young as 8 shooting others – with guns bought by their parents.

Again, let’s look at scripture. We seem to have gotten away from it too long.  In Matthew we find ”If a man has a hundred sheep, and one goes astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine and seek out the stray?” 12:12. And in 28:12 ”How much then is a man better than a sheep?” In the Koran, Surah V. 32, ”whoso saves the life of one it shall be as if he saved the life of all mankind.”

George and I agreed. Attack the root of the problem – the exposure to violent games and movies. Also, restrain parents from purchasing weapons for children. If we can do these things, perhaps this age of senseless violence will fade into history.

By David Creekmore

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