I’d like to thank Michael Rocklin for his well written and commonsensical letter in last week’s opinion. For more than 20 years I’ve held the belief that at least 10 percent of the general public should be armed and yes, that does include school teachers and staff. If you don’t believe that 10 percent of your fellow citizens can be trusted to carry a gun in public (after background checks and testing/training), I pity you for your twisted and jaded view of your fellow man.
I also would like to sharply criticize the “pastor” Brettwebb Mitchell’s three lessons column also in last week’s opinion. I put pastor in quotations because not one word of his column mentions God or the Bible. If he’s not comfortable with using the Bible to inspire people he should leave off his title.
His pabulum about gun control, community-wide counseling and friendship programs has been said by many and it points out to me that his secular education has had a bigger effect on him than his biblical education has.
Coming to the realization that people can and do have always done acts of evil is an act of maturity and the perfect arena for a biblical conversation.
Let me say up front I’ve not had any formal training in theology nor do I belong to any religious group. But I do find profound life lessons and much wisdom in the Bible and I do believe that God’s will is revealed in at least the five books of Moses.
One of the most pertinent lessons is the Cain and Abel story. Where, despite the lack of violent movies and video games or access to guns, Cain’s depression turned to anger which led to him killing his brother Abel. Even though God had told Cain that it was within his ability to control himself.
Whether you believe in God or not, this has been and will always be an important lesson for all humanity.
Another verse worthy of deliberation is Lev. 19:16, “Do not stand by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” How does any believer read that and not feel some sense of obligation to his fellow man?
Even Jesus said, “He that has no sword let him sell his garment and buy one.” Luke 22:36.
I’ll end this with a favorite quote of mine from Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”—Brian Heacock, Elk River