Fiddling and Laughing

I don’t have a strong opinion on gun control, and won’t give one in the spirit of Neil Postman. But I do have a strong opinion on abortion. Some random thoughts I’ve had lately:

  • Christians on both sides of the political aisle are fired up about gun control. Some don’t want our guns taken from us. Others want to make it harder to obtain a gun. If we, as believers in the image of God, are concerned about life, shouldn’t we be able to come to an agreement?
  • Thanks to living in Lancaster County, I’ve learned that “assault rifle” isn’t actually as James Bond-ish of a weapon as it sounds.
  • Isn’t a founding principle of the Republican Party to protect life? Isn’t a founding principle of the Democratic Party to look after the least of these?
  • While both parties fiddle, we’re approaching the 56,000,000 (56 million) mark in children “legally” slaughtered in this country.
  • In the time it took someone to enter a school and kill 20 children in Connecticut, 90 children in utero were murdered. And gun control is the issue conservatives are viewing as the last straw? It’s like they are saying, “You can take our children, but don’t take our guns.”
  • Well, the last straw also includes a media-driven, alarmist, artificial, political chess match “crisis” called the fiscal cliff.
  • Until we turn off the news and stop supporting their bloodthirsty, alarmist “coverage,” we and the media will continue to give school shooters the outlet they lust after: recognition and vilification. In other words, school shooters won’t stop because of increased gun regulations. 
  • Just like in the wildly successful and efficient disaster naively called the War on Drugs, evil people will still find ways to get their hands on guns no matter how illegal they are. This, tragically, probably also applies to abortions, too.
  • Does anyone else see the inconsistent, self-serving “logic” used by the Vice President? In between laughs, during the vice presidential debate Biden waxed long about how he agrees with the Catholic Church on their stance on abortion, but that he doesn’t want to push his beliefs on others. But recently he jumped at the chance to head a gun control committee to push his beliefs on others through executive order? Come on, Joe.
 
“They were laughing instead of thinking, but they did not know what they were laughing about.”
-Aldous Huxley in Brave New World
 
“He was trying to tell us that what afflicted the people in Brave New World was not that they were laughing instead of thinking, but that they did not know what they were laughing about and why they had stopped thinking.”
-Neil Postman in Amusing Ourselves to Death

 

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