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Can We Stop Mass Shootings Like Sandy Hook and Columbine?

This question may be one of the most important questions we ask ourselves today.  There are numerous answers and theories abound, though most are unrealistic and unachievable.

One blogger offers a concise explanation as to why most current theories, especially those related to gun control will never work.

“Ban All Guns! – Due to the reading of the 2nd amendment and the precedents established by recent Supreme Court cases, this isn’t going anywhere. You’d need an amendment to the Constitution and there will NEVER be 30+ states willing to overturn it. Never mind the multitude of good reasons for its existence, no amount of outrage will overturn it so let’s just stop.

Ban All Guns (pt. 2) – Assuming you actually could overturn the 2nd [amendment] and outlaw every firearm in the country, then you’d have to go out and get them. Famously, there are more guns than people in the U.S. You couldn’t come close to collecting them all. Further, if Prohibition and the War on Drugs have taught us anything it’s that those intent on breaking the law are going to do just that. Laws be damned.

Ban Scary Guns Like the AR-15! – Fully auto weapons are already banned. Most of these shootings occur with a handgun, plain and simple, and these aren’t going anywhere. Murder is illegal, and that doesn’t seem to stop these individuals from performing these atrocious acts. Do you think if there was a ban on shotguns that would stop them?

Gun ControlKeep Them Out of the Hands of Bad People! – Felons are prohibited from owning a firearm already. But let’s not forget, the overwhelming majority of these mass shootings aren’t done by criminals and their guns were obtained legally. How can you know who is going to do something like this? You can’t.

Do Something About Mental Health! – Cool. Yeah. So, like, free psychologists visits for everyone? Even if you could, the people that have done this haven’t been mentally ill, by and large. And, let’s not forget that medical records are private. Would you endorse mandatory psych screening for everyone and those records being sent to the government? Maybe just those who wish to own a gun? Remember, not every person who has engaged in a mass shooting has owned the gun they performed the act with. This is a complete non-starter of an issue with an insane price tag that does nothing to actually keep a person committed to violence from putting their hands on a gun.

Do… SOMETHING! – Gotcha. What do you want to do? “SOMETHING!” Ok, what do you have in mind? “I DON’T KNOW! BUT SOMEONE NEEDS TO DO SOMETHING!” Sure. Agreed. But what? Even Obama has had to say in his latest speech how routine it’s become.

Think about it!  Narcotics, like heroin and cocaine are illegal, and yet everyday average normal people seem to be able to purchase them just about anywhere.

Marijuana is illegal also.  But due to its availability and the government being unable to control it, numerous states have given up and taken it upon themselves to make it legal.

Despite laws against selling tobacco and beer to minors they still seem to be able to get their hands on these products.

And no matter what Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, and Michael Moore tell you, prohibition never works.  See my previous article on this subject.

So do I have an answer?  Yes, but you won’t like it.  Before I spell it out, I need for you to consider the following.

In 2010, right after another mass shooting, I was thinking about my childhood.  I was born the mid-1960s, graduating from high school in the early 1980s.

How many mass shooting do you believe took place during this period? I can only remember one.

So I did a cursory search to see how many mass shootings I could find in American history.  Please note that my list is neither complete nor exhaustive. Here’s what I found.

From 1850 to 1980, I found five instances of mass shootings — JUST FIVE. That averages out to one every 26 years.  From 1980 to 2010, a thirty-year period, I stopped counting at 42!

As a gun enthusiast, I knew it had nothing to do with the accessibility of guns.  Before the Kennedy assassination, you could purchase a rifle mail order and have it sent to a P.O. Box under an assumed name.

Could it be the introduction of the semi-automatic rifle after 1980?  Nada! Semi-automatics rifles and pistols have been on the open market since the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1903 and 1905, the Winchester Repeating Arms Company introduced the first semi-automatic rimfire and centerfire rifles designed especially for, you guessed it, the civilian market. The 1903 and 1905 Models were hugely successful and continued to be manufactured until 1932 when the Winchester replaced it with its Model 63.

So here is my question.  What changed?  So here is my answer. And I beg you to think well upon it!

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” — Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NKJV

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.” — Hosea 4:6 NKJV

I would love to read your thoughtful comments.

Jerry Johnson

Jerry Johnson was the former Director of the Apologetics Group and President of Nicene Council. He was the senior writer/researcher for numerous documentaries including the best-selling Amazing Grace: The History & Theology of Calvinism. In the 1990s he served as Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of Hillsborough County Florida. He currently holds an M.A. in Christian Studies and a M. Phil. in Christian Apologetics. He lives with his wife of nearly 30 years and has four children and four grandchildren.

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