Never Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste

The cliché “Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste” has withstood yet another heart breaking event. This time in Charlestown, S.C. where Dylann Storm Roof entered the Emanuel AME Church where he attended a prayer meeting for about an hour then without warning started shooting the people who attended the meeting, killing nine.

Obama, instead of coming to the microphone and talking to the people of South Carolina and especially Charlestown offering condolences and talking about healing, he did mention these but on a limited basis stayed focused on gun control by saying “Once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun,” He went on saying “at some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other countries.” Not true and once again, he jumps in front of the microphone and speaks before he has all the facts.

What I am about to say might seem harsh by some but the fact remains that the current administration and anti-gun groups couldn’t care less about the nine lives that were lost due Wednesday nights shooting. They only see another opportunity to mount their anti-gun wagon and ride it as hard as they can while the emotions are running high. Never let a good crisis go to waste. Catch the masses while they are hurting and you can win them to your way of thinking. They will say anything to make their point. Bob Shrum, a Democratic advisor and top campaign aid to the then presidential candidate and now Secretary of State John Kerry, on Friday’s episode of MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” made the following statement; It’s hard to imagine how the massacre at the Emanuel AME Church, the shooting would have been a “horror” if the black parishioners were armed. “Now I cannot imagine the horror that could have occurred if people were sitting around with concealed weapons, this thing started, and you have a full-scale gunfight, you might not even have three survivors,”

This incident also proves that semi-automatic rifles, assault guns, black rifles, combat rifles or whatever you want to call them are not the problem. Dylann has a criminal record and felony charges pending from past crimes. He probably can’t legally own a gun but that didn’t stop him from using a pistol shooting a 45-caliber bullet. He had to reload 5 times to inflict the carnage that was done. He was gone before anyone could call the police, [proof] that if we turn in our guns and wait on the police we are up the creek without a paddle, however; had someone there been a legally concealed carry person and armed we might have one person shot maybe two but certainly not nine bodies laying dead on the floor. The reason why Mr. Shrum’s statement doesn’t hold accurate is far to in-depth for this article but short answer is, the element of surprise, Dylann was not expecting any return fire. A church member returning fire would have certainly changed his focus.

The question that needs to be asked more than any other is what has happened to society that would lead a person to do this type of ruthless killing of innocent, unarmed, defenseless people. I’m sure there are going to be more than a few [educated] psychologists giving us definitions of what it is to be a racist. I really don’t think we need to be told what a racist is. After all is said and done no one will even begin to talk about what the real problem is that exist in America today. The problem we have today can only be linked to the removal of God from our lives. To many people, Dylann included, do not have a moral compass to guide them.

Without going into a history lesson on how and why this country was formed I want to jump to 1963. This is the year that the Supreme Court of the United States declared that prayer was no longer allowed in schools. Within a few years after 1963 society started seeing a higher dropout rate, lower SAT scores, teen pregnancy started rising and more and more teenaged children started drugs and alcohol at a rate that was not seen before 1963. We had the sexual revolution, the era of the hippies where you could drive down any main street (Peachtree Street and 14th Street in Atlanta) and by weed right from the sidewalk. Free sex was anywhere one could find privacy, and sometimes not so private. To a teenager just barely old enough to drive the visualization of all of this was almost over whelming. I still remember seeing the graphic writing of “Love, Sex and the Ecstasy of Drugs” painted everywhere.

This was only the beginning of life without God. As we move along we come to the time when these same hippies started raising families. Their philosophy was we didn’t need God so we’re not going to introduce our children to Him. If they want to meet Him let them do when they grow up. This group started the divorce revolution where divorce became a normal. Every generation since has put God a farther and farther back in the shadows where He is not to be seen or heard. Every generation since we have seen a continued intellectual, moral, and artistic decline of society to where we are today.

We are now seeing more open ridicule and verbal slanderous persecution of Christians here in America. It is becoming very un-cool to be called a Christian, to be seen going to church or attending a church function. There are organized groups of people who do nothing but look for ways to bring suit against the Christian Church and Christians to further drive us into the shadows. We can no longer have Nativity Scenes; we have to call Christmas the Winter Holiday or Winter Solstice Holiday. We can’t have any public display of anything regarding Christ. How long will it be before they come into our yards saying we can’t display a cross or any other Christian symbol during Christian holidays? I am reminded of what Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps said “FIRST THEY CAME FOR THE SOCIALISTS…”

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

How long will it be before we have no one left to speak for us?

Do we really have to wonder why Dylann did what he did? The boy has not had any moral compass in his life at all. According to his friends there were signs that he was going off the deep end with his thinking. They saw this but non-Christians and now it seems even Christians don’t get involved in other peoples’ lives asking them if they are hurting, or need help. I used the term non-Christian even though I don’t know these people. I do know that if you were to ask them they might tell you they are Christian without even knowing what it means to be a Christian.

I am not saying that Dylann is any way excused for what he did. He can be labeled terrorist, racist and probably a couple of other titles but when you have this type of situation where we are learning he had a very questionable background to say the least we have to examine what brought him to this point. We can never expect to fix a problem if we don’t know what the problem is. We have a media system; print, TV and radio that is quick to jump to labeling everything as racist and there are too many people who don’t take the time to research and learn what is happening in society and will accept everything the major outlets put out, and yes I will include FOX News in this category also.

We have a society that has lost its moral compass. We have a society that does not believe in God or that through a personal relationship with Jesus their lives will have focus. We no longer value life, other people’s or our own. If you don’t value something you will use it unwisely then discard it. It is the same with life. God gave us life and our bodies, it doesn’t and shouldn’t matter the color, origin or nationality we need to respect all life as God-given.

Edit was done to change the number of victims from ten to nine.

For Liberty and Freedom, Ernie


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