Smoke Screen: An action or statement used to conceal actual plans or intentions.
It seems to me that the $500 million proposal intended to curb gun violence presented by President Obama to the American public in light of the Newton school shootings is a lot of hot air: the purpose of which is to lull the public into thinking that our collective sins can be legislated away.
It’s a fact: guns can be used to kill innocent people. No one is debating that.
The seed of this sin is described in Genesis 4:8 when Cain, angry at his brother Abel, invited him for a walk in the field and subsequently attacked his brother and killed him.
It was the first recorded act of murder that I am aware of following the biblical timeline introduced in Genesis.
And if we can agree upon this, I would have to postulate that most of the recent rash of mass murder began with an anger that built up inside these individuals to the point where they were willing to let that dark place rule and reign until the lines between life and death blurred and they acted out of their terror and anger and took innocent lives. Indeed, the act of murder had already been done before the trigger was pulled.
As a part of the Cain and Abel story, there is the Lord recognizing Cain’s anger and warning him that: “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Yes, anger and jealousy and their results have been with us as humans for a long, long time.
I guess my reasoning about the gun control measures being a smoke screen stem from the fact that President Obama says that we need these measures to insure that not even one more life is lost to “gun violence”. However, the lives lost to gun violence over the past several years, (30 people killed by firearms everyday), pales in comparison to the 3,322 abortions performed “legally” in the United States every day.
The constitution of the United States tells me that I have the right to bear arms: whatever form that may take in today’s world. I can’t find abortion listed anywhere in those hallowed pages. I believe the Supreme Court made a big mistake in 1973 by legalizing something that was then illegal in all but two of our 50 states. This decision was based on the implied “rights to privacy” but could not be specifically found anywhere in the Constitution or Bill of Rights.
I may be somewhere towards falling off the end of a big limb, but I believe that as a society, we are only reaping what we have sown. The violence against the unborn has leaked over into our theaters and schools and other public places. One can’t be fixed without attending to the other.
To say that it is more important to protect a school child we can see than a living human being we can’t is the epitome of hypocrisy and will, if accepted at face value, continue to lead us down the path of destruction from which there may be no escape.