Guns: It's Time to Stand Up to the gun lobby
Time to be courageous
In New Mexico, Nehemiah Griego, 15, killed his parents and his three younger siblings on Saturday because he got into a minor argument with his mother. He shot his mother while she slept and the 9-year-old who was sleeping with her. He then went in and shot two siblings who were still in their beds. His father was away, so, he waited hours and when he entered the door he shot and killed him.
He then loaded those guns, including an AR-15 rifle, into a car where he planned to kill more people in a local Walmart. For some inexplicable reason, he called a friend who talked him into meeting at his father's former church. The friend talked him into turning himself in and a security guard found the bodies and reported the shooting.
Greg Griego, a chaplain, was reported to be a former gang banger, who had turned his life around. He started a prison ministry and was the chaplain for local firefighters. He homeschooled his children. However, the question must be asked: What was a former gang banger doing with weapons? The police said they found many guns in the house,
In 1995, Christian Oberender, killed his mother with a shotgun. He was found civilly insane and spent years in a mental hospital. Last week, Oberender was found to have an arsenal of weapons in his home including an AK-47 and a Tommy Gun. The police also found letters that spoke about his murderous rage. He talked about how the beast inside of him was dying to come out. His only mistake was posting his arsenal on social media. It was also found that he had a permit to get all of his weapons because of a loophole in Minnesota's gun laws.
America is at a crossroad in the debate on guns. More people have been killed since 1968 by guns than in all of our countries wars put together. People who have lost their grips on reality are able to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Young people in ghettos across the country point weapons at each other in a war over turf that they claim as their own. Those on the fringe are preparing for the end times or for some race war that they await with eagerness.
The 2nd Amendment gives us the right to bear arms, but common sense must lead us into the future. No one wants to take guns away from responsible owners, but the question is how do we protect ourselves from those who can attain weapons so that they can destroy the lives of 26 people who only wanted to go to school and to work? How do we protect those whose only desire was to go watch a movie and entertain themselves? Where is the courage of America to do what is right?
Fear makes cowards of us all. Fear of the NRA has made our politicians cowards who fail to do what is right. Courage is the ability to do what is right in difficult times even though we are afraid. It is time to walk in courage and stand up to those who hold us in fear.