Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pop-Tarts and Pistols

A school in Baltimore recently suspended a 7-year-old student.  Their reason?  The kid (unintentionally, it seems) bit his Pop-Tart into a gun-like shape.
As if that wasn’t enough, the school then sent a letter home to parents which stated:
During breakfast this morning, one of our students used food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class. While no physical threats were made and no one was  harmed, the student had to be removed from the classroom….
If your children express that they are troubled by today’s incident, please talk with them and help them share their feelings. Our school counselor is available to meet with any students who have the need to do so next week.
Obviously, we need to make sure that poor little Johnny wasn’t terribly traumatized by such a horrible incident.  A pop-tart gun?  Why, he could have ended up with jelly on his nose, poor baby!  What’s next, kids shooting rubber bands?  Waaah!  Send him to the counselor, pronto!
</sarcasm >

Seriously, people?  Seriously?!?  This is ridiculous!  Stop acting like guns (or gun-shaped objects, or replicas of guns, etc, etc…) are evil.
Guns don’t commit crimes, people do.  Making firearms illegal is not going to cause the lawless to suddenly behave themselves.  Making America into one big gun-free zone isn’t going to stop criminals from breaking the law.  People don’t commit crimes because of their surroundings, or simply because they are able to acquire weapons; people are commit crimes because they are sinful.
What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one….
Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Destruction and misery are in their ways:
And the way of peace have they not known:
There is no fear of God before their eyes.
-Romans 3:9,10; 15-18
Yes, guns can be misused.  But then, so can knives, and keys, and forks, and your hands… and just about every object, ever.  The solution does not involve setting up a nanny state and hoping that big government treats us well – no, the solution is to teach people to fear God and to keep His commandments.

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