What? You mean there’s one law that would solve these problems? Yes, and it has already been written. Before that, however, let me look at a few other solutions.
First, let’s talk gun control. With the horrid and tragic events in San Bernardino, California, we have a situation in a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country. In fact, the guns the shooters used were illegal in California. That’s the funny thing about these monster shooters; they don’t follow the laws that are passed. Did these two not know those guns are illegal in California? Did they not know we have some 20,000 gun-control laws already on the books at the federal level and they broke many of them? Paris has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the world, and it did not stop 128 people from dying. So, it would appear that these types of gun laws are not effective since they are not obeyed by criminals intent on harming and killing others.
Second, we need to increase our national security. Really? We spent billions of dollars on the spy state and the NSA to build a huge facility in Utah. The NSA screened the two San Bernardino shooters and the FBI claims to have known about them being radicalized more than two years ago. So just who are they spying on? Maybe you and me? Are we giving away more and more of our liberty to the spy state, where they know every text and email we send, yet we are no safer? I say we have lost more of our freedom and we are watched by our own government without a warrant. That would be against the Fourth Amendment, but it happens every day in the name of “safety and security.”
So, then what is this law that has already been written and is already in play. Simple. Remember those Ten Commandments. You know, the ones that have been thrown out of schools, removed from textbooks, demolished from courthouses and government buildings because they are too offensive. There is an entire societal structure in four simple words, Thou Shall Not Kill, the Fifth Commandment written some 5,000 years ago. But these Ten Commandments are far too offensive to have in our schools or on our buildings or town squares. We can’t have that! Really? If we are going to remove the basic tenets of the Judeo-Christian faith from our entire society, the cornerstone that this country was built on, then tell me, what principles are we going to replace them with? There was a time when high school students would take their guns to school, in their trunk, and they didn’t shoot anyone. They went hunting after school. Why and how have things changed so much? To me, it’s simple; we must get back to teaching the cornerstones of the Judeo-Christian faith in our government, in our courts, in our schools and most importantly in our families, and teach that life is sacred at all stages. What values will we teach if not these?
George Washington, in his farewell address said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” I say we must educate people that no matter how much you disagree with someone, you cannot take another life. We can propose, but we cannot impose our views on people, and if any religion or group teaches otherwise, then I say it is not compatible with our form of government, which protects life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Propose all you want, but you have no right to impose on me. Thou Shall Not Kill. Sound off. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The writer represents the 85th District in the Ohio House of Representatives.