First of all I want to commend Michael, Kevin and Charles for their fine letters in the March 13 edition.

Here we go again with the government threatening to add more gun-control laws in the aftermath of the tragic murders in Boulder, Colo.

I repeat again, I deeply sympathize with those who have lost loved ones due to the violent misuse of a firearm. But guns never kill — people do! Most due to mental illness, bipolar disorder or even PTSD, one of the curses of war!

Fact is in 1994, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Ace, signed by President Bill Clinton/ It was the largest crime bill in U.S. history. It provided for more police offers, $9.7 billion for prisons and $6.1 billion for prevention programs. It banned “the manufacture of military-style assault weapons, assault weapons with specific combat features, ‘copy-cat’ models and certain high-capacity ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds.”

This law was repealed in 2004 for whatever reason!

These startling facts will help explain why “gun laws” are not that effective. According to the Justice Department, from 1994-2004 while this law was in effect, the average murder rate was 17,800 per year. The years following its repeal, from 2005-19, the average dropped to 15,943 per year.

Violent crime can be blamed on the mental disorders already mentioned, but also on drugs, gangs and social injustice. So many in America have no respect for authority and this starts right in the home! The “Leave it to Beaver” and “Ozzie and Harriett” households seem to be but a memory. What we need is a mother and a father together raising God-fearing children. These stats prove that in so many households today, God is no longer Lord. Training a child is the parents’ responsibility.

Half of all marriages end in divorce. Twenty percent suffer from domestic violence, 19 percent of America’s children are being raised in “blended families,” as the result of divorce. According to Christianity Today, about 63 percent of families in America never attend church regularly.

We don’t need more gun laws. We need more of God’s love in every home. God gives us the conclusion in Eccl. 12:13: “Fear God, and keep His Word; for this is the while duty of men.”

Not more gun laws, but more Jesus-controlled lives,

Prayerfully submitted.

Terry Wolcott

Jefferson

 

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