It’s amazing how much debate we’re hearing on gun control after the horrific Las Vegas killing and now the attack in Sutherland Springs. Considering that guns make up a small percentage of the weapons used to kill people, it’s a shame that people don’t talk about airplane control, vehicle control, or knife control. What most people fail to realize is that it’s not about the gun, the airplane, the knife, the vehicle, or the bomb. It’s about the person. It’s about the person!
If people don’t have guns to shoot at people, or vehicles to drive into crowds, or planes to crash into buildings, they will come up with some other way to kill, because the question is not about what they use or how they use it. The question is why they kill. People are committing these acts of violence because they are evil people. We are evil people because we have a sin nature. Until we reconcile this, no piece of legislation, no law, no person in the private sector, or in the government sector will be able to help us! The only person that can change us is God!
Unless we embrace the idea that people have sin natures, we will eventually isolate all humanity to a room where a person is medicated and restrained from every and all things that could be harmful to other people and to ourselves. If we were all doctors, there would’ve been a malpractice suit long ago. For years we have misdiagnosed the problem! The problem has never been with what comes out of man – the problem has always been what lies within. As is usually true, a misdiagnosis results in a mistreatment. While the symptoms of evil can manifest themselves externally, the real problem is internal.
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
The solution to right living always begins by right thinking! Before a person ever did a heinous crime, they thought it in their mind. Treatment should begin within a person, and our goal should be to teach people what and how to think. If you tell a person what to think, you help him for a day. If you teach him how to think, you help him for a lifetime.
Until a person realizes their lost condition before a holy and just God and accepts their need for the Savior which is Jesus Christ our Lord, the right treatment for all people will never be administered, and America will never be safe again. Let’s make America safe again by treating the problem, which is the heart of man, and not the symptoms of violence. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
Joseph L. Huss — Scott County Central Committee Member