According to a recent study, there are an estimated 270 million guns in America. The Geneva based Small Arms Survey also found that the United States is the best armed civilization in the world. In an article written by Tom Kertscher last week, Kertscher suggests that there are more guns than people in America. Using statistics provided by the Washington Post and Vox, there are 310 million guns with a little more than 300 million citizens. When there is a discrepancy of 40 million, its hard to know who to believe. Regardless of the actual numbers, are guns to blame for recent school shootings, is mental illness a contributing factor or are demons convincing the unstable to act upon thoughts in their minds?
Then the Lord said to Cain, “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,” Genesis 4:6-7.
According to a Forbes article from 2012, consumers in the United States spent 13.6 billion dollars on video games. As a parent with three teenagers, the most popular ones are what I call shoot em up, killing games. When I taught high school, one student confessed to his obsession with video games, playing up to 16 hours a day each weekend. While studies have shown that these virtual simulations have prepared new members of the military for combat, students who chose to attend college often become desensitized to violence. When you play a video game, if you die, all you need to do is hit the reset button. In real life, once an individual allows evil to influence their actions, you can’t bring people back to life. Although I hear cries from the media, parents and victims to ban guns, no one has said a word about the role of violent video games. Despite this silence, what’s really important is developing and implementing a solution.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him, James 1:5.
First Blood debuted in 1982 starring Sylvester Stallone who plays a drifter, a Vietnam Veteran trying to fit back into society. Despite serving in the Special Forces, John Rambo was unwelcomed by the country he served. After listening, reading and watching panel discussions about what to do to ensure the safety of public schools in America, one recommendation was to reach out to ex-military. Instead of wasting away like the John Rambo’s in this country, perhaps its time to put to work former marksmen who honorably served America. Although each state or school may opt for other alternatives, beefed up security at college and professional sporting events has stopped recent threats. After recent reports that the security guard on duty at the Parkland, Florida school shooting remained outside, afraid to face the shooter, the Rambo’s of today wouldn’t have that problem. May God give the leaders of America wisdom so that politics will be replaced with bi-partisan solutions.
by Jay Mankus