Recently the country faced another tragic event where innocent people were the victims of a gun crime. Going to the movies is a time to relax and enjoy a world of fantasy leaving your worries and concerns at the refreshment counter. Itís a place where pop corn replaces economic issues and the fizz of a soft drink removes thoughts of politics. Itís a place where death, destruction, and crime are on the screen not in the theater. But the patrons at the theater in Aurora, Colorado found the painful reality of a world where a crazy, deranged person opens fire with a gun killing and wounding innocent people.
In the midst of this great tragedy we again find people calling for gun control. Certainly no one could argue that if this murderer didnít have guns this tragic situation would not have happened, but is the act of making guns illegal going to solve the problem? For example, drugs like marijuana, meth, and cocaine have been illegal for years. Howís that working for us. We still have people using illegal drugs and we fill our prisons and jails with men and women who have been caught selling or using illegal drugs and still illegal drugs are used. Laws havenít stopped the use of illegal drugs.
Now some would argue that Europe has a lower rate of gun deaths that the US. But they still have crazy people that use guns to commit mass murder. Look at Norway, as example, they have strict gun control laws and still Anders Breivik killed 69 people before he was stopped. Interestingly enough, the country with the lowest per capita deaths by guns is Switzerland which also has the one of the highest rates of gun ownership.
Lately, I heard someone say that Jesus would be in favor of a ban on guns. I have found in over 40 years of ordained ministry that people who say they know what Jesus would do, donít know Jesus. Jesus cared for people but he wasnít a big fan of laws. Following the law, or at least finding a way around it, was the goal of the Pharisees. And every time they had the chance they tried to catch Jesus on the law. And every time they made an attempt to catch Jesus on some aspect of the law he turned it around on them showing that the law wasnít important, it was what was in a personís heart. Jesus wanted to change the hearts of people. It was the Pharisees that wanted laws. Making guns illegal will not change the hearts of those individuals who are crazy enough to massacre people.