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The Simple Solution To Gun Violence
If you really want to eliminate crime, eliminate the criminal
Everyone knows guns don’t kill people, people kill people. It’s not the .45 that robs a bank…it’s the person holding the .45. It wasn’t a Bushmaster AR-15 that murdered twenty children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, it was Adam Lanza.
Why are we trying to eliminate gun violence by eliminating guns? Guns are inanimate objects; they are neither good nor bad. Guns are not the problem, people are the problem. The onus should be on eliminating people who use guns for violence.
Requiring background checks, banning “assault” weapons and high capacity magazines will not stop gun violence. Violence is caused by violent people, whether they use a gun, knife or a baseball bat. It’s naïve to think criminals will follow the rules and obey laws; passing laws will do nothing to curb gun violence.
Rather than trampling on the 2nd Amendment, the simple solution to ending gun violence is to execute anyone committing a crime with a firearm…any firearm, any crime. Personally, I’d like to see all criminals executed whether they use a gun or not, but that’s another story.
I’ve heard the arguments that the death penalty doesn’t deter homicides. That’s probably true; nothing will stop a homicidal manic or lunatic hell-bent on committing suicide-by-cop…he or she is already willing to pay the ultimate price for their actions (note the number of perpetrators who commit suicide after the act). But a bank robber might think twice before robbing a bank with a gun. A car-jacker probably won’t waive a Saturday-Night-Special in the face of an unsuspecting driver and gangs who get a thrill out of drive-by’s will holster their weapons or face the ultimate consequence. And who’s going to try and rob a liquor store with a knife when the clerk behind the counter has a Benelli?
The probability of being executed for a violent crime is only .01%
In 2009 there were 1,325,896 violent crimes (15,399 murders); 109 got the death penalty, 52 were executed. 35 states still have the death penalty, but the probability of being executed for a violent crime is less than .01%. If you’re a violent criminal, you have a 99.99% chance of not being executed.
Not much of a deterrent, is it? When the Constitution was written, the time between sentencing and execution could be measured in days or weeks, now its decades. Start executing violent criminals within days or weeks of the offense and see how fast the violent crime rate falls.
Irrespective of what the “experts” say, fear of death is the number one fear…why do you think “healthcare” is such an issue? People are afraid to die. Why? Because they really don’t believe there’s anything after death…that’s why the Bible says “victory over death” is the final victory. “Believer’s” know where they’re going…so do evil-doers, that’s why they fear death.
Executing the guilty is not murder, it's justice
Why don’t we exact the ultimate penalty on lawbreakers? Why do we let criminals back out on the streets? These are questions I have pondered for years; but cannot for the life-of-me come up with a reason any sane person would accept.
I understand why Satan and his minions would be opposed, but I can’t understand how anyone calling themselves Christian could oppose the death penalty (of course I don’t understand how they could vote for Obama either, but that too is another story).
Executing the guilty is not against God’s law…it is God’s law. “Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed...” (Gen 9:6) This is not a “gray” concept…its black and white; designed to keep evil out of the community.
If you want to eliminate crime, eliminate the criminal…and I don’t mean locking them away for a few years; or even a lifetime. Life without parole may not be utopia, but it is still “life.” And for a community to have to feed, clothe and house a person who committed a crime against them, is insane.
I can hear all the “bleeding hearts” now. “Bu…bu…but, we might “murder” (they love using that word, except when it applies to an unborn fetus) an “innocent” person.” Truth be told, although an infinitesimal percentage may have been innocent of the crime for which they were convicted...according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 8.6% of death row inmates in 2009 had previous murder convictions and over 65% had prior felony convictions, so “innocent” is probably a misnomer.
Notwithstanding, over the last forty years 130 people have been released as “innocent” (an average of 3.43 people a year). With a population over three hundred million, 3.43 is not a significant number, but imagine how safe it would be now and how many lives would have been saved (or banks robbed or cars jacked, etc.) over the last forty years if we had executed everyone who committed a violent crime.
Sometimes the one (or in this case, 3.43) must be sacrificed for the good of many.
In the mouth of two or three...
If you’re afraid we might execute an innocent person, don’t let circumstantial evidence be the determining factor. On the other hand, if there are two or more eyewitnesses to the crime (as the Bible instructs); like those who witnessed Major Hasan wound 42 people and kill 13 at Fort Hood, that murderer should not be allowed to delay his trial three years and have access to countless appeals…he should be executed immediately, if not sooner.
If the police catch a crook “red-handed”…and the crook is wielding a firearm…he’s guilty; and should be put to death as soon as possible so that he or she will never be able to commit another crime against a person or society. The death penalty may not deter homicides, but that’s not the point…when you start executing criminals, eventually you have no criminals.
Isn’t that what we really want…a peaceful society where citizens are unafraid to walk the streets at night or let their children freely roam the neighborhood to play with other children?
Do not be deceived. The only way to eliminate gun violence is to eliminate the people who use guns for violence. You could apply the same logic to any unlawful activity. Do you want to eliminate the drug problem? Start executing drug users, not drug dealers…users can always find another dealer, but once the users are gone the dealers will be gone as well. Want to eliminate speeding, start executing speeders…I promise you, cars will slow down. Personally, I’d like to see it applied to people in the “Ten Items or Less” checkout lane with fifteen items in their cart, but that’s just me.
It’s not guns, drugs, cars, or even shopping carts that cause our problems…its people.
The Garden of Good and Evil
In failing to tend the garden of good and evil, we have only ourselves to blame. We have allowed the “weeds” to proliferate. Or as Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) espoused, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Although the social, political and economic policies of this administration are leading the country down the path to inevitable destruction, it is not President Obama and the Democrats who are destroying this country…its good people who have done nothing to stop it.
It’s been said that Satan’s greatest victory was convincing the world that he doesn’t exist. Looking at what America is becoming…a genderless, godless society…evil is definitely overtaking good in America.
Is it too late?
If America is to be saved, we must return to God and His ways…that means restoring the freedom to choose, in everything we do. The Constitution calls it our “God given right;” God calls it “freewill.”
Contrary to popular teaching, “freewill” is not the choice to believe or disbelieve in God…it’s the choice to obey or disobey. God always gives us a choice to do good or evil; He hopes we choose “good,” but it is our choice; and whether our life is blessed or cursed is simply a result of the choices we make. Don’t blame God for your ills; make better choices and your life will improve.
The same goes for a family, community and even a nation. God’s laws and precepts are immutable. They apply whether you believe in God or not…it’s why good things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good people. America was blessed because it was a Godly nation. It wasn't long ago that we had prayer in schools and sporting events…now we have 20 elementary students dead and bombs exploding at sporting events killing and maiming our citizens.
It's not because we stopped praying, it's because we stopped believing...but just because God has disappeared from the nightly news doesn't mean He's dead. He is weeping over the choices we have made and continue to make.
America’s social, political and economic woes are not punishment, they are the result of the choices we made as a nation. If we want a better nation, we have to make better choices.
Unfortunately, under the current administration I don’t see America returning to God and His Ways anytime soon…which means it’s going to get worse, a lot worse, before it gets better.
We can’t eliminate every evil, but eliminating violent criminals would be a good start…and well within the precepts of any society that truly cares about the safety and welfare of its citizens. To do anything less, is to do a disservice to the peace-loving, law-abiding portion of our citizenry.
Whether you believe in God or not, if you really want to eliminate gun violence in America; start executing people who use guns for violence.
Yes, it’s that simple.