School Shootings and the World We’ve Made

David Burchard Writings 3 Comments

Presently, I work in the UK—talk about being a foreigner in a strange land. I work with good men who are baffled by why the US has not, in their words, “banned guns” in response to the multiple mass shootings over the past couple decades. They’re baffled because that is exactly what the UK and Australia did in response to a mass shooting, basically disarming the respective populaces. “Look, we did it. Why can’t you?” This is consistent with the messages one will find from the media whenever a shooting makes the news. It’s incredible how many stories are run by UK news companies condescendingly scolding America for its heartless and foolish barbarism.

My coworkers and I share fundamental agreement that school and other mass shootings of defenseless Americans are truly evil, that all the lives lost have immense value, and that something should be done, to the best of our ability, to prevent that specific evil from being repeated.

But I firmly disagree with my coworkers as to the solution to defending against this kind of evil. Far from being a fan of less guns, I support the idea of more guns in the homes of American citizens. Now, is that because I’ve checked my intelligence at the door? Or are there reasonable thoughts that should lead someone to oppose, instead of support, more “gun control” legislation?

Here are some thoughts that I think are important to keep in mind.

Guns, ever quite good tools for killing people and animals, have been around and prevalent for all of America’s history, nearly 250 years of history. But it is fair to say that “mass shootings”, large scale shootings of defenseless Americans (think the Vegas country concert shooting), and specifically school shootings, are a recent evil being faced by Americans.

If you grant me those two observations, notice this. A shift happened in recent decades. A change in America happened. And the prevalence of guns is not that change. The prevalence of guns isn’t a changing variable. It is a common factor.

So while we have a change in evil, more mass shootings, more school shootings, it would seem far from logical to connect that problem with guns being accessible.

I know it’s hard for city slickers to imagine, but high school students in the past would regularly bring guns to public schools in their vehicles; and triggers weren’t getting squeezed to blow away their peers.

So what has changed in America? Are their other widespread changes in society that more coincide with this change of violence and murder than gun ownership stats?

I would suggest that the answer is yes.

While there are probably a number of things to which I could point the finger, let me just name a couple.

And, to be clear, by naming them, I’m highlighting the things that should actually be addressed if we want to stop the prevalence of large school shootings. If gun ownership cannot logically be the source of the problem, then addressing gun ownership cannot logically be the solution to the problem. It could only ever be a band-aid measure to make ourselves feel better.

America used to be a union of countries that generally shared Christian moral ideas and some basic Christian worldview assumptions. It isn’t an accident that I’m writing with an “In God We Trust” patch on my hat. It is a motto of a people who recognized that this is God’s world, a people who, even if just at the level of cultural norms, consciously lived their lives in a theistic reality. Americans knew and openly recognized the truth that God was the Creator and that, therefore, life had meaning, value, and purpose.

But the fact that God is our Maker is no longer an honored or recognized fact, at least when considering what is taught in our schools, all the way from kindergarten to university. Atheism, secularism, humanism, these are the religions of the day. Post-modernism has taken the education hill and denied the existence of God to all publicly indoctrinated children, denied that there is objective or absolute truth, and denied that there is meaning in life.

Guess what happens when people believe these lies? Guess what happens when cultural norms and expectations and dreams are shaped by these lies? Folks actually start acting differently; and it is as pretty as the inside of a hippo’s anus.

I’ve got the same people who say that we’re all just cosmic shrapnel, randomly here and soon to be randomly gone into nothingness, mourning the loss of 17 young lives in Florida and claiming that gun ownership is immoral. But based on Babylon’s acceptable list of beliefs, what that shooter did is irrelevant. According to what we’re teaching the vast majority of our citizens, those 17 lives never actually mattered in the first place. And so, according to the worldview of the “journalists” at the Guardian and the BBC, what was unimportant was unimportantly lost, what was not is no more.

And so it seems that all the anti-gun lectures from the Guardian and the BBC are just nonsense to make money.

Not only are our kids taught that life has no substantive meaning, because “truth is all relative yo”, but our kids are being raised without fathers. 41% of all American children are now born out of wedlock. In certain circles in America, that out-of-wedlock rate gets up to a whopping 72%. God has given fathers to mankind to effectively pass on discipline and ethics to the next generation, especially their sons. They are meant to pass on what it means to be a man, to assume responsibility for the good of others, to lead, protect, and provide for others. So when so many fathers are absent, are we surprised that young men aren’t owning responsibility for the good of others? Are we surprised when they’re not disciplined and protective, but loose cannons, emotional wrecks, and wickedly destructive?

What do you think a country will be like when the fathers are gone and everyone is taught to believe that nothing matters, that truth and error, right and wrong, beautiful and ugly are subjective? What kind of undisciplined foolishness and wickedness do you expect to have the day?

And I know what would go splendidly with this cultural dish from the Devil’s sewer. Let’s take this population and make sex and gratuitous violence the main entertainment diet. I’m sure that wouldn’t be incendiary.

Build an anti-God, anti-man, fatherless, orgiastic, blood thirsty culture, and what do you get? Unique evils. Life treated cheaply.

Guns aren’t the problem. We Americans have had them a long time. The new American world we’ve made is the problem. And if we want to accomplish anything, the problem, and not the not-problem, is what we should fix.

Oh, and since we think it is a good idea to protect Presidents with armed good guys, maybe someone will think of protecting kids at public schools with armed good guys. Funny how all the politicians who are railing against guns obviously think they’re useful tools for preserving life and safety—that is the point of armed security guards, right?

Comments 3

  1. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State——

    Everyone seems to just skip over that part. I totally get that the forefathers were concerned about a tyrannical government terrorizing its citizens, I have that concern as well.

    It is too late to ban weapons here in the US, this country was started by “rebels” and that spirit remains. The only thing we can do is a better job of managing.

    Everyone that owns a car (has been used as a weapon) must be licensed and must obtain insurance.

    I don’t understand the opposition to regulate. I don’t care if they know I own a gun (I do) but when an angry teenager can simply walk into a shop and purchase a “man killer” with no questions asked, and no checks, we definitely have a problem.

    For centuries, people have suffered from mental illnesses, so by your argument mental illness is not the problem either.

    I homeschool, but I sympathize with those parents who have to worry about the next shooting being at their child’s school.

    Perhaps we should treat school buildings the way we treat airplanes. Teachers and administrators become school marshals. Some urban schools already have metal detectors and an armed guard. No mass shootings there. It is now an issue because it is happening in suburbia.

    As a follower of Christ however, I see the big picture. I recognize the evil that is descending on us, the demonic spirits that have engulfed our society. No regulation or increase in weapons will save us. My job is to share the gospel and save as many as I can.

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      I like your marshal idea. I think it is practical and works within the law. I went to public school in farm country and we had an on-site and armed police officer.

      Teenagers can’t buy a gun with “no checks”.

      I actually think mental health issues are increased and aggravated by some of the new American problems I pointed to: the catechizing of meaninglessness and feminism and socialism stoking fatherlessness. Good fathers in the home bring a lot of stability to the minds and hearts of youths.

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment. It is appreciated.

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