Legislation or laws are simply the guardrails to attempt to CONTROL peoples actions. Period.
Intention and actions stem from a persons morality, from their heart and beliefs. Better to curb the things that influence those choices, like putting less violence in movies, TV, games, etc and horror and torture, etc.
REMEMBER: Cain killed Abel with a rock!!!
I had riflery and archery classes in (gasp!) HIGH SCHOOL!!! And yes, we shot REAL rifles and aimed REAL arrows at targets! No one went on a rampage and killed other kids. Can you imagine having such classes in schools NOW??? I can’t either. Why?
When I was in high school, children were taught right from wrong and we had RESPECT for others, even when we disagreed. We fought on the playground, sure. Bullying occurred–I was bullied, even before kindergarten! But parents actually parented and most of us didn’t want to get sent to the school principal who would PADDLE US! Now, I don’t believe as much in the corporeal punishment or guiding children using fear, but I do believe in encouraging children to RESPECT their parents, and follow their loving HEART. So, let’s start there. Let’s start by teaching Meditation in schools, and respect for things that can kill us, like medications/drugs, cars/motorcycles, and weapons.
I do all I do, blog, write books, and all of that to empower people to change their HEARTS! Let’s BE more loving. Let’s BE more respectful. Let’s BE more sane. Let’s help others make changes that will allow their hearts to guide them so violence is not the end result. I want us all to vibrate at a higher level to argue and disagree LESS and be able to live in Peace.
Do I believe we can, YES! Will we? I’m not sure. I have hope! Yet, in the meantime, I prepare. Do I have all the answers, no.
One of my friends posted something on Facebook the other day that shook me. She was highlighting the need for MORE gun control and more rules, and more, blah blah blah… and I didn’t say anything or comment, but that’s opposite where my gut feeling goes on this issue. And perhaps she forgot that a past University president (where we both worked at the time) QUIT his job for the University to go to work for a gun manufacturer!!!
Guns in the right hands, trained and skilled hands, for example SAVE LIVES! I’d rather be on a ranch with Ted Nugent at the end times than sitting alone in a cave meditating, though don’t get me wrong, I reach for ENLIGHTENMENT and I love caves, but when the army of insane maniacs are coming over the hills to ravage and plunder, I want someone who can help me protect myself and my family right there beside me! And I’m okay if you think I’m wrong, or if you disagree. As my first and highest thoughts are of FREEDOM and CHOICE. (and by the way, fighting for FREEDOM has been the driving force behind ALL of our USA military since the beginning.)
If someone entered my home with willful intent to harm myself or my husband, yes, we have a gun, and I know how to use it. Do we need a semi-automatic gun? No, but I might be able to scare off and fend off a would be attacker if we did. Thus, I am not against those. Besides, the criminals have them. That cat has already been let out of the bag, so to speak.
Does it come down to whether you want a slow dying process or fast one? I don’t know. And how are we “programming” people?
I pray as if it’s ALL up to Omniscience–God’s timing and act as if it’s ALL up to ME (in particular for myself and those close to me, as I know I cannot and don’t want to CONTROL the world). If I am to “go out” that way (quickly with a gun), then I am ready for the Grand Beyond. Do I hope others are not “taken out” that way, yes. But I also don’t want to see others suffer and go to the Grand Beyond by the “slow death” of chronic illness either. And that’s why I do what I do.
My dad took me hunting with him when I was growing up, and we ate squirrel and venison, rabbit, and so forth. But gradually over the years, my dad gained more compassion for the animals and quit hunting, but that desire, not to hunt anymore, came out of his HEART. He grew his heart over the course of his life to BE more loving.
And as an aside here, I’d like to say that when the powers that be take pharmaceutical ads off TV, I might reconsider my stance on guns, but for now, all I can do is raise awareness that EVIL lies in humans’ hearts, and it’s impossible to legislate morality.
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6 thoughts on “We can’t legislate morality!”
Love your strong powerful message here Sheila!~
and I so agree with this… 👏💖💖
“let’s start there. Let’s start by teaching Meditation in schools, and respect for things that can kill us, like medications/drugs, cars/motorcycles, and weapons.
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I heard in a recent interview with a law/gun expert that virtually every mass shooting has taken place in a so-called “gun-free zone.” He spoke of what a difference it makes when instead of “This school is a gun-free zone,” the sign says “Warning: Some of the teachers in this school are armed and will use their weapons to defend the children.”
I will refrain for the worn-out cliche about who or what really kills people. But I will say that the demographic with the highest rate of gun ownership is the Amish, who use guns mostly to hunt and to shoot predators that come onto their farms to raid the chicken coops, etc. They also have the lowest rate of gun-related homicides.
(In the words of the kids, “Just sayin’…”)
Whether the weapon is a gun, a knife, a rope, poison, fire, or fertilizer, what really kills people is the sin nature in all of us. For that, the only remedy is repentance and a relationship with God through His Son Jesus, who will forgive us, give us new hearts, and the ability to rise above our sin nature.
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Thank you for this thoughtful and informative comment.
I didn’t know that about the Amish, but I have always admired their holistic lifestyle, steadfastness, humility, and work ethic.
I write a lot about being in relationship / walking with Omniscience, as I believe a change of heart is key to us knowing who we really are, accepting and forgiving ourselves (and others), and living like Jesus, following His example. I shy away from using the word “only,” because it feels divisive and sets one path above the others. (Though I am, and have always been open to receive new insights about such.)
I believe as you do, that we ALL have the ability to rise above sinful desires. Many blessings to you in ALL ways. ❤️🦋🌀🙏
I use the word “only,” because Jesus said He was the only way to God. I believe in Him, so I have to believe it. My only other option is to believe He wasn’t a way at all. As C.S. Lewis said, there is a great “trilemma.” Either Jesus was a liar who pretended to be God, a lunatic who thought he was God, or He was who He said He was. Those are the only (sorry) logical choices (Liars aren’t good people, and crazy people aren’t great teachers.) So I choose #3. I do believe He loves everyone, and that His offer of salvation is open to the whole world. I’ve seen some pretty unlikely people come to faith in Him, that’s why I pray for the people I love to come to Him, no matter how unlikely it seems now.
Meanwhile, I do believe there are ways to bring more order and peace to the world in the here and now, however imperfect – like arming responsible teachers to be ready to defend their students, etc.
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