Thursday, December 27, 2012

Overcoming Evil with Good

There is a movement to affirm the goodness of the human spirit, of life, which is growing rapidly. It is called "26 Acts of Kindness".

People are reaching out to do acts of kindness in memory of 26 the children and adults massacred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th.

" Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans chapter 12 verse 21, King James Bible)

As a nation, we can resolve to overcome evil by passing a Federal weapons ban on assault rifles and making gun ownership consistent in every state. It does no good for one state to ban assault weapons when people can go over the line to buy them in the state next door. We need national unity of purpose.

The Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle used in the attack on the school children of Sandy Hook is a weapon favored by military and police. Under Connecticut law, the shooter was in legal possession of the assault type rifle, because in Connecticut, only assault hand-guns are banned.

Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, has had some success in reducing gun violence in his city, and he wrote a thought provoking editorial last week on the subject which you can read here.

Please. Let us all support immediate legislation to keep weapons of mass murder out of the hands of civilians. In the name of mercy for our children and justice for the victims -

1 comment:

GoldiBear said...

April, thanks for taking the time to share this article. I thought Cory Booker's editorial was extremely clear, logical and clarified the situation and possible solutions very well. The gun control situation is complicated, but my feelings about most of what I've heard and read are pretty simple.

If the best solution to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, then why in the world did we ever stop wearing our six shooters slung low on our hips? The answer is obvious, I hope. The bad guys killed a lot of the good guys and the only business benefiting was the undertaker. As far as needing a gun to protect your home against "the government" - I'm afraid the disparity in firepower between the military and civilians has much increased since the civil war.
No matter how many assault rifles you have, the smallest military tank will not be impressed. My advice: don't try to prepare for a firefight with the government!!

Instead, get out there and vote, actively help somebody that needs it, and be a part of the American Dream for somebody. Keep hope alive. Without hope, people have nothing. Then, hopeless and at the bottom, they sometimes do really bad things. Like Bob Dylan said, "When you ain't got nothin, you got nothin to lose."