In the last 48 hours, there have been two school shootings. The first was thwarted by a retired police officer on campus who immediately took out the shooter. This heroic story from Dixon, Illinois was buried by most newspapers and omitted by the majority of cable news outlets on Thursday. Meanwhile, today’s massacre at Santa Fe High School in Texas has left ten dead. If recent campus shootings with fatalities tend to dominate national news, then expect this coverage in Texas to go a little further than the Parkland, Florida frenzy from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.
The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence, Psalm 11:5.
Twenty two years ago, the film Fargo debuted in theaters. At the beginning of this movie, there is a disclaimer stating this is based upon a true story, changing the names to protect the victims and survivors. However, a recent article entitled Fargo: True Story or Work of Fiction calls into question the brutal nature of these crimes and murders. In 2014, FX created a television series based upon Fargo starring Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks. Just from my initial observations, the violence in this series devalues life and as well promoting individuals to seek revenge.
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed, Isaiah 53:5.
Instead of solely blaming guns on these recent school shootings, perhaps its time to expand the suspect list to include movies, music and video games that exhibit violence. Several of these tragic events are premeditated, inspired by years of bullying. Others are demonically influenced after evil thoughts are sown and conceived into human minds. According to recent investigations into murders by MS 13 gang members, Satanic worship is also to blame. I don’t have all the answers to these growing number of school shootings, but I pray that the media doesn’t use survivors as pawns to repeal the second amendment. May God’s angels surround the families and parents who will go asleep tonight without their children.
by Jay Mankus