At the risk of offending people and/or close friends disagreeing with me, I am still going to write this post because we live in a country with rights and freedoms and one of those is free speech. Another is freedom of religion and a third is the right to bear arms……
I believe people should have the right to bear arms. I also believe there should be some laws around gun ownership and purchasing (aka gun control); however, I do not feel that this will solve the crime and violence problem in our country. I believe this for several reasons. Until recently this was mostly based on evidence (some cities with the tightest gun laws have the worst crime/violence rates) but now it is also based on personal experience.
Earlier this week my husband was deer hunting on our family’s land. He was very clearly identified as a hunter wearing a hunter orange vest and hat. Around mid-day he took a shot and went looking for what he shot. Unable to find it he circled back around to where he had been sitting. At this time he was shot at. This shot missed him by a couple of feet and instead hit a tree near him.
The man that most likely shot at him is a convicted felon and a registered sex offender. Secondary to his criminal record he should not own guns or have access to guns. When the deputies showed up 30 mins after the 911 call and questioned him he denied having any weapons or shooting at my husband. Shortly after this a neighbor arrived and mentioned that this man has a gun(s) so the story changed and the man admitted that yes there was a rifle in the house but said it was his wife’s. This was an admission of guilt regarding having/having access to a gun(s), which in his case is against the law. Nothing was done by law enforcement at this time.
48 hrs later a warrant was finally served to search for the gun(s). Nothing was found. If I had to guess, he knew he was going back to jail if the police found firearms on the property so he hid them etc. At this point in time nothing has been done to this man and he probably still has easy access to firearms despite the law.*
My point in saying all this is that despite laws and rules the criminals will still find a way to get ahold of guns. The same way they have found ways to conduct sex trafficking and do/make/sell drugs. All of these things are illegal, yet are at all time highs in our country.
Does it sadden me that people keep doing these mass shooting and that people are killed everyday by guns? Yes. Does it sadden and enrage me that my husband was shot at and could have been killed? Absolutely. However I still stand by the fact that guns don’t kill people. People kill people, and right now we live in a very broken world. We have pushed God out of government, out of schools, and out of our lives. We are now seeing the results of those choices.
My prayer for this country is not who wins an election or which laws need to be put in place to “fix” these things because the only one that can “fix” us is Jesus Christ. He came into this world to love and show love. He died so that we may be forgiven. Until He becomes the center and focus bad things will continue to occur. Why? Well because the enemy (Satan) has come to steal, kill, and destroy, which is exactly what is occurring in America now. I pray that all the maddening and depressing events will open eyes and soften hearts to the one we really need–Jesus.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
John 10:10 ESV
*At time of writing it is 6 days after incident.