“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” – Samuel Adams.
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, a majority of people on the Left and even some people on the Right have voiced support for stricter gun control laws to prevent such shootings from occurring again. After twenty year-old Adam Lanza stole his mother’s legally-purchased weapons and used them to perform the unthinkable, the solution many come up with seems to be removing all “assault weapons” from responsible gun owners; after all, the weapons Lanza used were purchased legally! He was no “criminal” in the common sense of the word! This is why we need stricter gun laws for those who follow the law and exercise their constitutional right to bare arms!
The NRA, an organization that has been the target of much criticism in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting, came out with a viable solution to prevent future shootings of the same kind in schools: Place armed guards at schools all over the country. After all, said NRA Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre, “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Of course, gun control advocates were swift to lash out at such an absurd recommendation; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg even called it a “paranoid, dystopian vision of a more dangerous and violent America.” Never mind the fact that Malia and Sasha Obama attend a school with eleven armed guards (aside from the girls’ Secret Service detail) walking the grounds. What’s good for them certainly isn’t good for the rest of America’s children, right?
This unnecessary debate over an established constitutional right has distracted most people from the true issue at hand. Our society has developed into one that passes the blame for everything– from the smallest incident to the largest tragedy, many Americans– particularly young ones– have failed to be taught the art of personal responsibility. “Morality can’t be legislated” is a true statement; in light of this fact, even more crucial is the task of encouraging morality in children from a young age. Teach them to discern between right and wrong while they’re still young instead of counting on their schools or peers to do it for you later in their lives. We need a culture shock in this country if our condition is to improve in the near future.
The root of our cultural problems begin in the home. Statistics show that 50% of today’s marriages end in divorce; 23% of households in the U.S. are single-parent homes with children under the age of eighteen; and, consequently, children from divorced homes are more likely to have academic, psychological, and behavioral problems than are children from two-parent homes. Instead of being viewed as the lifelong commitment before God that it is, marriage is portrayed by today’s culture as a tool for furthering a political agenda. Preparation for marriage begins long before you stand at the altar; young men should grow up with their father as a role model for the type of man they can emulate as an adult, and young girls should be taught what it means to be a loving, respectful, Godly wife.
Yes, I mentioned God– the dreaded “arbitrator” when it comes to society and its lack of morality. The constant push to remove God from all areas of our culture is responsible for most of the problems in the culture itself; cheerleaders are told that writing Bible verses on banners violates the First Amendment, prayer before and after high school graduations are being declared “intolerant,” efforts are being made to remove the words “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, and more. If we remove God from the public square, where do we get our standards of morality? Regardless of your beliefs, our society certainly needs a moral structure to be instituted once again if we hope to return to our previous success. A culture with no morals will only lead to decline. Success can’t come out of national moral failure.
There are countless other issues that demand our attention in efforts to restore morality in this culture. However, gun control is not one of them; lawful citizens exercising their constitutional right is not something of concern while trying to re-introduce morals to many who may have never experienced them before. Folks in the mainstream media and those who hang on their every word are hesitant to accept the fact that morals are necessary for a stable society; at the same time, they fail to recognize that evil exists and is rampant in this world. The reason that Adam Lanza carried out the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary was not lenient gun control laws nor even the mental disorder many choose to blame. Evil showed itself in that shooting and the only way to combat it is with a moral people determined to outdo the evil and help those in need, as Lanza apparently was. Don’t be fooled into believing that Sandy Hook and every other atrocity committed in the United States are results of loose gun control laws or whatever other laws they’ll be blamed on. That’s not what this is about. It’s all about the culture.