Timothy Benton | Aug 14, 2018 | 0
Why Are There Suddenly So Many Shootings?
We turned on the news yesterday, saw the horror of more kids running from a school, turn on Twitter, they have a feed of the kids while the shooter is shooting outside their classroom in Florida. I don’t know about you, but I sat down for a second, said a prayer for the families, then asked myself, “Why?:
I know what the left will say, it is the guns, as if somehow the guns magically threw themselves in the shooters hands, and he had no choice but to pull the trigger, we all know this is not true. So what is the reason, why is it that we had guns in the hands of the people since before us becoming a nation, yet this was not something you heard of other than the once 25 or 35 years event, everyone would gasp a breath and it was done. Back then the nation would be in a state of shock, today it’s happening so much, we look, have a moment of excitement then go about our business, so what is happening?
We hear of the terrorist attacks overseas, even here, but this isn’t a case of a religious zealot going crazy slaughtering people they see as an infidel, these attacks are usually made by Middle-Class kids raised in a typical American family, so what is the thing that has pushed what never happened to where now it is so commonplace one barely even notices, why is that?
One has to look at the morals of this nation, or more specifically the lack of them to understand where we are and how we got here. For a little under two hundred years we were taught at home, in the schools, in the synagogue or church that there was a moral code one should live by, this was something that was shown to all, if you did not believe that was never the issue, we still had a bases of our code of morals that has been handed down for generations.
The taking away of this started in the 1960’s. First, in 1962 the courts ruled that it was unlawful for a school to say any prayer in a public school, this was the case of Engel v. Vitale, 370 U.S. 421. We took prayer out of school, and yes, there were different faiths, I know many Jewish friends that were not Christians, but they sure did not fight this, the majority of people were, and in such cases the kids would at least give the respect for what others were doing, and both moral codes were taken from the Judeo Christian teachings, sadly sometimes this now is not given back, but that is another story.
Just a year later the high court stripped away the right to read the Bible, Torah, or Koran in school, (although for some reason as of recently we have classes now teaching kids how to pray the Muslim prayer, which is bothersome), the case that decided this was the Abington School District v. Schempp, 374 U.S. 203. But this was still not enough.
Soon if a school teacher was seen praying over their meal, even if they said nothing to anyone, that ended up in court. But the attack on faith never stopped there. We had a court case, Wallace v. Jaffree, 472 U.S. 38 (1985) where the school was told they could not inform kids they were going to take a moment of silence, if they wanted to sit still and reflect that was fine, if they wanted to pray to themselves that was fine as well, the court said no, this was violation of the separation of church and state.
In 1992 Lee v. Weisman, 505 U.S. 577, the courts said not only is not any denominational prayer not allowed, even having a clergy stand in front of graduation and say anything that has any religious connotation in it was illegal.
But the left was still not happy, recently in the case of Gabriella Perez, a five-year-old student at a Seminole County, Florida public school, she was told by a teacher she could not even pray quietly to herself. So one has to ask, what is the intent here? Is it to stop someone from having their rights violated, if a student is bowing their head in a silent prayer, how is anyone else affected, or is the move by a minority to try to strip the faith, or any expression of it by all if done publically? In other words, them seeing you do it offends them so you must stop.
During the elections of 2o12, and the case of gay marriage, you had mayors that were rabidly anti-religion tell pastors that if they dare say from the pulpit for people to stand up against this assault on traditional marriage, they would have their tax exempt status from them. This went to the extreme of the mayor of Houston demanding pastors turn over their sermon to the city so they could check for any political talk in the sermon.
In 1954, Congress approved an amendment by Sen. Lyndon Johnson to prohibit 501(c)(3) organizations, which includes charities and churches, from engaging in any political campaign activity. To the extent Congress has revisited the ban over the years, it has, in fact, strengthened the ban. The most recent change came in 1987 when Congress amended the language to clarify that the prohibition also applies to statements opposing candidates.
Currently, the law prohibits political campaign activity by charities and churches by defining a 501(c)(3) organization as one “which does not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.”
This bill passed by Johnson was to prevent conservative preachers from taking political sides in a debate, but one has to ask, why then was there never any challenge on this when the civil rights movement was going on and ministers were speaking about politics from the pulpit, we see once more the total bias in enforcement of the law. In the end, if I were a minister, I would do it preach as I wanted, if the IRS wished to try to strip away your freedom to speak, I would take it to the Supreme Court and see how this holds up to the First Amendment. The reason it never has been tried in the high court is the IRS has to settle out of court with each case, they know if it went to the high court the law would be struck down due to it infringes on freedom of speech, some church needs to take a stand and force this travesty against our constitution to be stricken from the law.
So how does this all fit into the shooting? The problem you have is in the 60’s the left moved to strip all mention of G-d from schools and public life, but in the process what did they replace the moral code with? Nothing, instead we started to in the 60’s teach our kids to question all you were told.
But this still didn’t bring what we have today, it was the next generation that came along, when they taught their kids, these were the kids born in the late 60’s and early 70’s, who in many cases had no clue what was in the holy writings, so they had a limited concept of absolutes, what was morally right and wrong.
These kids are the parents of the kids now, these people raised their children to never lose, all children have an award for participating, the kids in college now have no idea of respect, you see them attacking people who make them feel bad, like that never happens in life. These are the kids today, the ones raised by Xbox and Playstation, who were taught morality by the computer and Youtube, these are the ones we are dealing with. These kids by the time they go into Jr. High have in games killed in the thousands, sometimes millions of characters, as video games become so realistic, so does the killing of their characters, in the end, you are desensitizing these children to death, many think of it as nothing more than a video game. What is terrifying they will one day lead this nation.
So why are we faced with this increase in murders in school? Is it the fault of guns? Of course not, guns are tools, they are not more capable of killing someone then a hammer or a car, but if any are in the hands of a killer, they do aid in this. I heard someone ask me today, and had to add this in, did anyone blame the jets on 9/11?
The reason we have the problems is we have stripped morals from our kids, then did nothing to fill the void left, we allowed the internet to teach them of morals. Today’s kids think they are entitled to special treatment, you hurt their feelings they go into a meltdown, they can’t handle confrontation, in fact many can’t even handle speaking to other people, they would rather do so on their chat ap.
In the end, taking guns will not matter, you simply can’t take 250 to 300 million guns, most will not give them up willingly. In the end you will have million’s of guns hidden, the criminal elements, other then law enforcement will be the only ones with weapons. What you have is the need of the left to strip guns from the law abiding, they know without doing this there is no way they can try to force their ideology on others.
There is only one way to stop this, we need to start taking responsibility for our kids as parents; do what is hard, not babysit them with the Xbox, actually interact with them. We need to sit them down, teach them morality, but not only that, show where this moral lesson was learned. We also may need to strip away much of what they have been taught on the internet, social media and in schools, teach that there is a better way.
And last, remember:
Failure many times is just a means of learning, to strip a person of the ability to fail you rob them of the ability to learn.