When Evil Walks Among Us

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The past few weeks have been heart-rending ones when it comes to mass violence. There was a synagogue shooting in a place of worship (and a gun free zone). There was a yoga studio shooting in what was a place of peace (and another gun free zone). And most recently there was a shooting at country western bar hosting college students in a place of fun (and also a gun free zone).


The common thread here is evil men attacking innocent people in a place where they felt “safe”. Except they weren’t safe. They were sitting ducks in “gun free” zones – gun free for everyone except the shooter, that is.


The response to horrific acts of evil has always been to attempt to control evil by controlling the tools that evil uses.  But evil cannot be contained by removing objects from the hands of men – because those tools are also used by innocent men for peaceful purposes.


Attempts have been made to control Evil by identifying it BEFORE it acts. But evil does not usually wear an evil face. Evil cannot always be picked out of a crowd in advance. This is why mass shooters have passed background checks before they commit their deeds of destruction.


The only viable path is for good men and women to resolve to take up the defense of other innocent life. It is a solemn responsibility and commitment that many in this country are not willing to undertake. Those people prefer to let government, and thus law enforcement to take on the role of protective parent, while they remain in a child-like submissive state.


Many people have been wrongly trained into a black and white view of violence. They believe that ALL violence is evil, and cannot imagine themselves using any form of violence even in a defensive role, even to save a member of their own family.


Many people naively believe that they can reason with evil and that evil men will respond to kindness, rather than strength. What these kinds of people refuse to recognize is that evil is NOT rational. It is selfish, and motivated by neither love nor logic. Evil only responds to strength and force, the strength and force of good men and women willing to defend the innocent.


People fear that if they take up arms that they themselves will become “evil”. But virtually every major religious tradition maintains that it is not a sin to take a life if it is in defense of other innocent life, including one’s own. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that Christians can’t protect themselves or their family. What we should never do though, is seek revenge. We must be slow to anger and handle all situations with wisdom. Despite his rhetoric, even the Pope himself has an army of Swiss Guards,  armed with fully-automatic weapons, to defend him from attack.


There are no simple solutions for the actions of evil in the world. Controlling tools is “easier” than controlling human behavior, but that path is ineffective and naïve. Controlling the tool only ties the hands of innocent men and women. What is effective, when evil takes its deadly walk among us, is confronting that evil, where it stands and when it acts, with deadly force and nothing less.


goldminor Added Nov 14, 2018 - 9:19pm
Well stated!
FacePalm Added Nov 15, 2018 - 2:24am
By definition, the criminally insane won't obey ANY law.
Laws to "control" firearms only affect the law-abiding; the criminal element, especially the insane ones, ignore "the law."  That's what makes them criminals.
The gun-control crowd usually argues that if the criminally insane can't GET guns, there'd be less(not no) "gun violence."  And what happens in countries that ban guns?  Knife violence.  Bat/baton violence.  Acid attacks.  Vehicular manslaughters.  Assaults with fist or foot.
Laws of this nature do not help the innocent, but the criminal, for an unarmed man or woman can more easily be attacked and overcome if they're unarmed.  They're like idiots who would ban fire because you "could" get burned by it, or ban swimming because you "could" drown in it.
Life doesn't have soft edges; it's dangerous by nature.  Best we can hope for is to use foresight and intelligence to know the worst, and prepare for it.  The prepared have fewer worries.  The unprepared simply panic when the shooter arrives...or the evil.
i honestly think that more evil deeds are being perpetrated now because it's close to the end of the author of evil, and he don't care much for it.  Like a little child who has his toys taken away before bedtime, he wants to throw a temper tantrum - but his tantrums are costly to the lives of many others.
Liberal1 Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:36am
"And what happens in countries that ban guns?  Knife violence.  Bat/baton violence.  Acid attacks.  Vehicular manslaughters.  Assaults with fist or foot."
FacePalm All of that is true, but it is a big red herring. 
A crazy / evil person can kill several people with a knife, but the same crazy / evil person can kill a lot more with an AR-15 with a high capacity magazine.  Add to that that few people are skilled enough with a knife or fists to cause mass loss of life compared to a lunatic who has a "pray & spray" weapon. 
I'm not a big advocate for gun control, but some common sense laws that require VALID background checks, waiting periods, psychological/safety knowledge tests and limits on some weapons/weapon accessories like 100 round magazines and bump stocks just makes sense to me. 
BTW, laws like I mentioned wouldn't infringe on the 2nd Amendment because they would be covered under the "well regulated" part of it.  "Well regulated" means people who can't wait or can't pass the required checks/tests don't get access to guns that can spray hundreds of rounds. 
goldminor Added Nov 15, 2018 - 12:07pm
Liberal 1 ...I have always owned a gun or two in my life, but I have to admit that over the years the increased violence has made me wonder at times at what is the way forward on this problem. The school shootings are especially bad, and hard to bear.
Riley Brown Added Nov 15, 2018 - 2:41pm
Violence is caused by unrestrained violent people who use whatever tools are available to brutalize other people.
The only things you can do to stop them is provide disincentives that they fear, because as long as violence gets them what they want with risks that are acceptable to them, they will find the tools and use them to victimize whoever doesn't put them at risk as they do it.
Riley Brown Added Nov 15, 2018 - 2:42pm
If I were a malcontent looking for someone to blame and inflict pain on, I'd favor gun free zones.   Criminals aren't stupid they want easy victims, not people who might shoot back.
Jeff Michka Added Nov 15, 2018 - 4:00pm
Yeah, the solution to gun violence is really simple:  More guns will do it.  That way Ma and Pa can pull their weapons and get into a fire fight with a mass shooter, the outcome, of course, assured.  Idiots.
FacePalm Added Nov 15, 2018 - 5:21pm
You DO realize that there have been multiple mass killings with large vehicles in the EU - and that 8, i think it was, were killed in NYC by another jihadi in a pickup?
The point is that with preparation, anyone can kill masses of people, and they do not need a firearm to do so.
You're absolutely right, Riley.  The problem is not weaponry, but the mindset.  IIRC, there are over 300,000,000 known weapons in private hands in America, yet the murders committed by gunowners are virtually statistically insignificant in comparison.  You're approximately 9000 times more likely to be killed by a doctor's mistake than you are by a mistaken shooting.
And there have been NONE committed by members of the NRA, who DO receive training in their operation, cleaning, and use...which satisfies the "well-regulated" portion of the 2nd, as in the beginning, that was it's meaning; it was never meant to forbid the private ownership of ANY arms, just that the owner thereof was trained in their use - the Founders wanted a body of people from which an army could be drawn if need arose.  Besides, Heller was a completely unnecessary ruling, when Cruikshank makes clear EXACTLY what the role of duly sworn general government actors is:
"[The Right to Keep and Bear Arms] is not a right granted by the Constitution. Neither is it in any manner dependent upon that instrument for its existence. The second amendment declares that it shall not be infringed;...  This is one of the amendments that has no other effect than to restrict the powers of the national government,…". 
~U.S. v. Cruikshank Et Al. 92 U.S. 542 (1875).
But SCOTUS, even with Scalia, wanted to pretend that they DID have some power over firearms, which is why they didn't bind themselves with precedent, as is usual - otherwise, they'd've simply cited Cruikshank and declared "res adjudicata," or "the thing has already been decided."
FacePalm Added Nov 15, 2018 - 5:23pm
Oh, and i don't trust ANY gov't agency to be in charge of "background checks."  Here's what i DO trust; at least 3 men or women who've known the prospective gun purchaser for at least 5 years, and can vouch for his character and/or sanity.
Liberal1 Added Nov 15, 2018 - 6:12pm
"You DO realize that there have been multiple mass killings with large vehicles in the EU - and that 8, i think it was, were killed in NYC by another jihadi in a pickup?"
FacePalm,  your suggested solution to this is more cars?  If more people owned Boeing 767s do you think that would have stopped 9/11 too?  (I know I'm being facetious, but I couldn't resist).
Like I said before, I have no problem with the actions of responsible gun owners , which is what 99.999% of NRA members are.  What I have issues with is the ready access to weapons that non-responsible people have.  Get rid of the cheap ass, gang-banger specials and make people lock their guns up CORRECTLY and you'd see gun deaths drop immediately.  Same goes for ridiculously high capacity magazines and things like bump stocks.
I also disagree about background checks for gun ownership.  Finding three jihadists to lie for you is a lot easier than explaining away a terrorism conviction.
Limiting non-responsible people's access to illegal weapons and making people get "permitted" would be a huge step forward.  Nothing will stop the Stephen Paddocks of the world, but we need to make inroads where we can.
Marty Koval Added Nov 15, 2018 - 9:14pm
The gun ban imposed in the United Kingdom has not stopped murders as they anticipated. The evil people in England have not changed their evil hearts and have turned to new tools to create death and mayhem. The new weapon of choice are knives . Now the City of London is banning knives in the hope of stopping the killings.
Of course the killings will continue, because the tools that are available to kill are numerous and most are common household or work related tools that are necessities.
You go back in history, before gun powder was invented around the 11th-12th century, millions of people were being killed. The weapons of choice back then were: Rocks, clubs, spears, arrows, knives, sling shots, pushing people off cliffs, poison, hangings, guillotines, crucifixions, forced drowning, chariots, fist, feet,  elbows, etc.
When people posses an evil, harden heart, there will always be murders and mayhem. What needs to change is the persons heart. The Bible talks a lot about changing people's heart, when they accept Jesus Christ into their hearts, and fully surrender their evil, human ways for His ways.
Ezekiel 36:26 - I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
FacePalm Added Nov 15, 2018 - 10:26pm
Nice, to only cite one portion of my reply, and to ignore the very next sentence; here, let me remind you:
The point is that with preparation, anyone can kill masses of people, and they do not need a firearm to do so.
Frankly, not trusting the federal government is NEVER a bad idea, given the crap they've historically put on us.  Can you say "testing dispersal patterns" by Ft. Myer(or that one in Maryland) who deliberately sprayed infectious agents in public transportation areas?  Can you say "Tuskeegee syphilis experiment."  Can you say "nuclear explosions to test the results of fallout"?  These evil people use us as GUINEA pigs, for Christ's sake!
Know anyone who's been falsely put on the 'do not fly' list?  Got ANY idea how difficult it is to get off of it?
Then why should i EVER trust some gov't stooge to do a background check?
As to jihadis. seriously?  The dangerous ones just have the Saudis or other ME nations fly them in w/diplomatic pouches, or secrete them on cargo ships.
You haven't heard about the multiple mosques hiding weapons caches?
What happens if some insane Imam - or even D'OhBama - gives a signal that "now's the time to smite the infidel" and you have thousands released like the dogs of war?  Think you'd have occasion to regret turning in your hi-capacity magazine THEN?
You may say "unlikely" or "impossible," but i say, "better prepared than stupid."
Edmund Burke once said:
"The only safety for honest men is by believing all possible evil of evil men."
These words ring true, several hundred years later, as all Truth does.
Riley Brown Added Nov 16, 2018 - 10:02am
facepalm,  you are right about that, arson kills lots of people at one and is impossible to control.  Anyone can throw a bucket of gasoline and a road flare into a bar and kill half the people in there.  A big gulp cup from 7-11 holds enough gasoline to kill several people at once, so what are they going to do, license people who buy gasoline?
goldminor Added Nov 16, 2018 - 10:36am
Face palm ...US Army germ warfare experiments with flu virues almost killed me back in 1954 when I was 4 years of age. Dozens of people did take ill and died at that time in the early 1950s. The public finally was made awar of what took place in the 1960s, and the lawsuits then went on for several decades after that.
Stone-Eater Added Nov 16, 2018 - 1:37pm
.US Army germ warfare experiments with flu virues almost killed me back in 1954 when I was 4 years of age.
Who produced Ebola in Monrovia....sorry, man, for that. But too many people just kiss your flag and go to McDonalds afterwards, if you know what I mean.
goldminor Added Nov 16, 2018 - 1:45pm
I don't eat at McDonalds.
FacePalm Added Nov 16, 2018 - 4:24pm
I don't eat at McDonalds.
Nobody does.
They don't serve food.
FacePalm Added Nov 16, 2018 - 4:26pm
Oh, and thanks for supporting the point, which is about giving some nameless, faceless gov't wonk the power to decide whether or not i can defend myself and others with a firearm.