Letters: Tragedy reinforces beliefs
January 2, 2013 10:10PM
Updated: February 4, 2013 6:15AM
Reading the news reports of the mass murder in Newtown, Conn., will cause all decent people to stop and pause, and mentally grapple that evil exists among us. To further read and discover this horror was inflicted on 6- and 7-year-old children causes a deeper reaction from the depths of one’s soul, decrying this act of evil.
During times like these, some people find themselves doubting the existence of a good god. However, by further analyzing our internal reactions decrying this evil, this event should reinforce a belief in God.
To begin with, all intellectually honest atheists agree that, without God, we cannot have universal right and wrong. If there is no God, there can only be opinions on right and wrong and those opinions will vary from act to act.
Without God, murdering 20 children and six educators is not definitively wrong. People can think that murdering 26 people is wrong, but without God that is simply an opinion. It is only through the existence of God, and a god that provides a moral code, that we can definitively know murdering those people is an act of evil.
These heinous acts of evil reinforce my belief in God. I am confident the fate of this murderer is dramatically different than his victims. It would bring great despair to not believe in a good god, and therefore be stuck without universal right and wrong. If there is no god, then there is no difference, in the final analysis, of whether you are the murderer or the victim.
I believe in a good God, and I hope you join me in praying for these victims and their families.
Train people to use guns
My wife and I are proud veterans. Having once served we have had our background checks, mental evaluations, were fingerprinted and taught to be proficient with a variety of weapons.
We are troubled by the apparent repercussions from the murderous attack in Connecticut on our right to bear arms.
The cry for control of our weapons comes from people who obviously do not fully comprehend the fact that it takes somebody’s finger to pull a trigger. No weapon fires on its own.
Forty-nine of 50 states have passed a concealed weapons law, except for Illinois. The cries from people such as Bobby Rush, Jesse Jackson, Rahm Emanuel and Father Pfleger are certainly being sounded by the media.
By making drugs illegal, we as a society have relived the failure associated with Prohibition. Our forefathers learned that in making alcohol illegal gave rise to crime and gang bosses, such as Al Capone. Today’s gangs are the direct result of narcotic sales. It is the social demand for drugs that allows these crime lords their survival. The 40-year “war on drugs” was lost, yet we spend billions of dollars on its continuation.
One wonders if the teachers in Connecticut would have had the ability to defend themselves and the children, whether the tragic outcome could have been minimized or stopped by return fire?
The only real alternative to curtailing criminal acts are not less weapons, it is the education and training of people like you and me to know when, where, how to use lethal force to protect our life and property.
My wife and I have trained our children to safely handle, respect, load and use weapons, just as our fathers and their fathers have done for over many decades.