Would There Have Been Death Without A Gun?
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need! - Darrell Scott
Guns! Guns! Guns! When in doubt, blame the guns. At least that's where the finger seems to point to first, or how the media wants us to respond. It's no big secret that I am pro gun, pro sport shooting, pro self protection and pro hunting, as is the rest of my family. Many agree with me on my opposition of any kind of gun control, and many do not. That's fine, I will carry a firearm, while the counter does not.
Having anyone perish by the hand of another human being, while using a gun or not is tragic. Violence in any form is not healthy and is not something to be celebrated. Yet, there are times when it is unavoidable, especially when survival instincts take over. Obviously, I'm referring to the George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case Who Has the Right to Judge?.
George Zimmerman's gun was perfectly legal. It was obtained legally, it was kept legally and it was registered legally. It was even used legally. When someone threatens death upon you, especially when they're punching and striking your face and cracking your skull into the cement, resulting in a broken nose, you are within your right to protect yourself. It's called self defense. It's not a malicious intent, expect to do what our brains are wired to do and that is survive.
Now that the gun law has been brought to light again, I started thinking, 'Would anyone have died that night on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida if there wasn't a gun involved?' Yes! That's what's really scary. The removal of the gun, doesn't mean complete safety. When Trayvon Martin was beating George Zimmerman's head into the concrete, he could have easily killed him or gave him irreversible physical damage. (not even talking about physiological damage) Does that mean we need to get rid of all sidewalks? Stop making cement? Could Mr. Martin have obtained an illegal gun and used it on Mr. Zimmerman? Sure, especially with a person known to abuse drugs, and we all know that illegal guns and drugs tend to go hand-in-hand. That wasn't the case in this particular incident, but it's a strong reality.
Anything could be used to kill, a tall building, a kitchen knife, a box cutter! Granted, guns could be used more efficiently with creating more damage, but not in every case. A plane was used in 911, killing way more people than an automatic weapon ever was capable of, without the use of a single gun. We as people are never going to learn unless we start looking and understanding the true source of crime, of destruction, of evil. I mean the true source, not the easiest or the most popular, but the deepest rooted problems. The real problems that might be tough to talk about, that might not be able to be fixed overnight and would take time and dedication to solve, the darkest corners. Yes those problems that never seem to be brought to light. And I believe it all starts with family and family life.
This thought was best addressed by the person responsible for my lead quote. I specifically chose him for a reason. I felt his words needed to be heard again and Darrell Scott really hit the nail on the head and called out the source of the violence and grief, the bottom line, the real issue.
On April 20, 1999 fifteen students died and many more were injured during the Columbine School Massacre. Some may not realize that Darrell Scott, the gentlemen I used to quote from, was the father of two of those children who were there that day. His daughter Rachel Joy Scott was killed. Did he blame the guns? ...
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