A Family Problem, Not a Gun Problem



The recent evil and tragic events in Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School serve as a reminder that evil is alive and well in our society. And it’s not just our American society that is suffering from evil. Some people, like Michael Moore, want you to believe that evil is endemic to America.

This thinking is ignorant and irresponsible. Evil is everywhere, and it’s not going away anytime soon. As citizens of not just America, but of the world, we have to stand against evil. Believe it or not, this is done every day. The street cop that protects and serves, the soldier that guards and fights, the teacher that educates and instills values, the clergy that strengthen faith and moral character, the husband that loves his wife, the wife that loves her husband, the parents who love their children. These are the everyday heroes that keep evil at bay.

We have a responsibility to keep people like Adam Lanza from becoming people like Adam Lanza. I’m not sure of his mental health history, but I do know that Adam Lanza’s father was not around and did not communicate with his son. This is devastating for a son. There are deeper issues that are present here, deeper than a debate about gun control. They are the issues of family and God. Where was God in Adam Lanza’s life?

These are things all families have to address and examine. Regardless of a divorce, both parents must try their hardest to stay active in their child’s life. A child needs structure and direction. Lanza had neither. I believe his parents gave up on him, which is a tragedy of its own.

Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee tweeted that this event happened because the public schools have expelled God from the classroom. Huckabee endured vitriolic responses to his tweet, accusing him of suggesting that this was God’s punishment for keeping Him out of the schools. What is the public’s problem with God? Why is he rejected by so many? Huckabee was merely pointing out that the public education system is devoid of teaching morality. He may be right on point.

Was it the availability of the guns? Was it the violent video games? Was it the vile and gratuitous movies or music? Was it the disregard for the sanctity of human life that is prevalent in society? These all play a role, but it all comes down to this: Teaching morality and introducing God into your child’s life starts at home. This shield of faith that your child adorns will protect him or her from the evils that seek the ruin of society.

I cannot imagine the pain of the parents, and no words can ever come close to easing that pain. This event should never have happened. Adam Lanza should not have been allowed to get to the point in his life where he was prepared to take lives and then end his own. And if a person like Lanza does get to that point, we as good citizens must have that last line of defense to prevent or mitigate tragedy. A police officer, an armed security professional, or armed and trained volunteers. We must protect the future at all costs.


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