Shortly after the mass shooting that took 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, two weekend gun shows are opening their doors to buyers and sellers in Hollywood and Miami.
In his commentary, Raymond Daniel Burke posits that “No leadership has emerged with the capacity to combat our epidemic of violence” (“Mass shootings and mass marketing: America’s gun culture,” Feb. 16). I disagree. He crabs about the country being awash in guns. The country is awash in automobiles and trucks as well. When one of those mows down a bunch of innocents, do we ban or limit the sale of cars? Yes, that’s a favorite answer we pro-gun people use (and I don’t own one), but there’s a better one, so back to the “no leadership” question.
The lack of respect for human life thanks to the millions of babies who have been slaughtered in their mothers’ wombs is a perfect example of the lack of morality that has besieged this country since we forgot that God rules and His rules save us, not just for Heaven but from Hell.
Judge Roy Moore knows that this country will never be free until we put the rules of God back into our society. “Thou shalt not kill” or you go to Hell, and that’s eternal. Mr. Burke may not be a religious person, and whether he is or not, he has to admit that when the church put the “fear of God” into the minds of people, it was a safer world. Having grown up in the 1950s, I remember well leaving our doors unlocked. Being able to go into any store, any movie house, etc., without fear of being gunned down. But then we were a culture that still believed in God’s laws. That’s gone, Mr. Burke. Don’t you see it?