Getting Rid of Liberty

Well, that didn’t take long.

They come for the Second Amendment, then they come for the First. Because liberty is always under attack. Follow me here:

1. Only a small group of Parkland students have been embraced by the mainstream media. Specifically, five. Commonality? They all hate guns, the NRA, and Republicans. (Democrats are never mentioned by the five.)

2. At least two of the of select students are radically extreme in their language. Cameron Kasky told Sen. Marco Rubio to his face: “It’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15.” What kind of person even says that? David Hogg has said that NRA members “pathetic f—ers that want to keep killing our children.” For the record, the NRA is a Second Amendment civil rights group funded by 5 million citizens – including me. Its members have been involved in zero mass shootings. This kind of rabid hate-filled screed is immoral and it harshes my mellow.

3. The government’s failures are legion. I’m 100 percent hardcore Blue Lives Matter, but in this case, the list of law enforcement failures that allowed this shooting to happen (including officers sitting outside listening to kids being shot) are so mind-numbingly numerous I can’t list them all, but you can read them here (Wall Street Journal) and here (Miami Herald).

Bottom line? Had local law enforcement and the FBI had done their jobs, at least some and maybe all of the 17 lives would’ve been saved. Let that sink in before you get to No. 4.

4. In spite of No. 3, the “gun control” Parkland students, have expressed NO interest in holding law enforcement accountable. ZERO. If law enforcement failed and the result was that your friends were MURDERED, wouldn’t you be raging from the rooftops? That would be a rational response. But not for the gun control Parkland students:

  • Student Emma Gonzalez said she resents the criticism of law enforcement in this case.
  • Student David Hogg defended the officer who sat outside the entire time students were being murdered and has refused to criticize law enforcement failures that killed his fellow students.

5. Apparently, only survivors who favor gun control are “legitimate” survivors. At the “March for Our Lives,” any Parkland students that were not pro-gun control were deliberately excluded (Kyle Kashuv, Hunter Pollack – brother of murdered student Meadow Pollack). Their friends (and sister) were just as dead, but they were not deemed to be legitimate voices because they were off message.

6. The “Repeal the Second Amendment” push. In the wake of Parkland, there has been a call (by a former Supreme Court justice and others) for the repeal of the Second Amendment. Both Obama and Clinton are fans of repeal, having praised Australia’s gun confiscation as a good model for the U.S.

So obviously, this movement isn’t about school safety, keeping our kids safe, or even right the wrongs. It’s about power and guns and assaulting liberty. It’s an attack on the Second Amendment.

And so we move from an attack on the Second Amendment to the First.

For years there has been a push against free speech with speech codes, warnings about “microaggressions” and hate speech. Since Donald Trump’s election, students have violently rioted against free speech, destroying property at places like Berkeley (home of the free speech movement) to stop the free expression of ideas they disagree with. The result? Speakers the anarchists disagreed with were uninvited. Free speech violently crushed.

So unsurprisingly, Parkland student David Hogg has advanced to attacking free speech. Laura Ingraham hurt his feelings with a tweet, so rather than debate he immediately initiated a boycott of her sponsors to silence her.

When she apologized in the spirit of Easter, he said he would not accept her apology until she started speaking exactly the way he wants her to. He wants to control her speech.

Does he really want her silenced because she hurt his feelings? I doubt it. My guess is he wants her silenced because her voice is an impediment to his power.

Liberty is always under assault.

That explains why there’s this media steam behind an amazingly illogical argument to increase government power in the face of government failure. That’s why there’s a movement against speech on campuses and calls to boycott anyone who hurts a radical’s feelings. People want to control people – that’s the essence of tyranny and, unfortunately, human nature.

The Bible calls this our “sin nature,” and the nation’s founders understood it. They knew that “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” They understood that the only safeguard against corruption was to make sure no one person or one group or the government had “absolute power.”

How did they do that? They recognized that God is the giver of certain absolute rights, not the government. Among those is freedom of speech, religion, and freedom to defend life, property, and liberty. Whenever those are infringed upon, you have tyranny (see China, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela).

When people are willing to ignore the facts and the failure of government, so they can use that same government to limit the rights of the law-abiding, it’s critical we recognize their attempts for what they really are: an attack on our God-given liberty.

-David

This was originally published at WND.com.

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Why Gun Control is a Spiritual Issue

This post originally appeared at World Net Daily here.

Immediately following the Parkland, Florida, shooting there was a call for – get this – gun control. A fury was led by Parkland students David Hogg and Cameron Kasky, who were given expert status by the media simply because of geography. (They were in a school while a shooting took place, apparently giving them unassailable wisdom. By this logic the entire city of Chicago is genius.) That fury was directed:

  • Against the shooter who actually killed the people? No.
  • Against the FBI for ignoring tips that the shooter was going to shoot? Ridiculous.
  • Against Sheriff Israel, who lied about how much contact his department had with the shooter, his weapons, etc., while talking about his own “amazing leadership,” (which coincidentally led to the deaths of 17 people)? Try again.
  • That the shooting took place in a “gun-free” zone, where 98 percent of ALL mass shootings take place? That’s some Einstein thought calling a place “gun-free” would repel rather than attract shooters?

No no no. The fury is against the NRA, a Second Amendment civil rights group of 5 million citizens. The NRA had no part in the shooting. Its members have never committed a mass shooting, but an NRA member did use his AR-15 to stop the Sutherland Springs shooter.

Most significantly, there is a lot of talk about “gun” violence and “gun” control and “gun” deaths. What’s missing? The language of “murderer” control and “criminal” violence and “terrorists caused” deaths.

Why? Why propose limiting the power of the citizenry instead of expressing anger at a government that can’t follow its own rules to stop a killer? Where is the rage at the mass shooter and his bloodlust? What’s behind this thinking?

The answer is this: Gun control is a spiritual issue based on a spiritual worldview.

Let’s consider two views in light of what God says about this issue in the Bible.

The two views are:

  1. The weapon makes the person do bad things. If people didn’t have guns, everyone would be safe.
  2. The person is the problem and responsible for all his or her actions.

Let’s examine both from a Biblical perspective.

1. The weapon is the problem. It makes people do bad things – or global warming does, or Christian football players kneeling in prayer (may provoke ISIS), or whatever is “out there” that might trigger someone.

What does God say about this? Nothing.

God NEVER, EVER says a condemning word about spears, javelins, rocks, arrows, axes, clubs, whips or other tools used to kill. (Guns weren’t invented until around 1364). That is remarkable. There are many, many many words in the Bible. It’s incredibly wordy! Over 807,000 words! But God doesn’t use one word to condemn weapons used in an actual murder!

The first murder in all of creation is recorded in Genesis 4: Cain kills Abel. But God doesn’t even name the weapon! If the very first murder weapon in the world was to blame, seems like God would name and condemn it. What a great opportunity for God to ban the weapon. Instead, He will later famously say, Thou Shalt Not Murder.

Which only makes sense if it’s not the inanimate object that causes the problem.

2. The person is the problem.

Short summary for those who like to skip ahead: This is the view of the entire Bible.

God always and only blames individuals for evil done in the world. He claims that it’s a heart problem, not an inanimate object problem. He sent His Son to die on a cross to deal with the problem in the heart of every person.

To further demonstrate, while God never says, “ban the weapon” He does say “punish the wrongdoer.” He says good government is put in place to do (Romans 13) “terror to those who do bad” and that the government “does not bear the sword in vain,” and “carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”

No wrath against the sword! No terror against the knife or gun! Instead, we see actual wrath and terror against the wrongdoer (God’s Words not mine). That’s scary stuff! And, by the way, the only thing criminals fear.

Rather than banning the weapon, in a very real way, God commands banning the murderer.

He says,”If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in His own image” (Genesis 9:6). God is pro-capital punishment, no ifs, ands or buts (read more here).

It’s not about weapon control. It’s all about murderer control and armed robber control and wife beater control and child killer control and rapist control and terrorist control.

Our Founding Fathers, (not all Christian but shared Biblical values) never feared an armed citizenry. They did fear an unchecked, armed government and the criminal. So, they enshrined in our Constitution the God-given right of a free press and the right to bear arms to protect everyone against criminals and tyrannical government.

Weapons don’t make bad guys do bad things. They do bad all on their own. So, they should be met with force, punished forcefully and yes – kept away from guns. But never at the expense of the liberty of the law-abiding.

Amen and amen – David Ruzicka

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