This stimulated so much discussion and some good thoughts and ideas on Facebook that I decided to bring the whole post and discussion back on the BLOG so that it will be easier to respond to and find.
I saw these facts on a meme that I think was designed to be incendiary rather than helpful. The picture it included and the sarcastic question that ended it made me not want to “like” it and expose more people to it in its original form. But here are the frustrating facts about the San Bernardino terrorism and murders:
- The guns that were used are illegal in CA.
- The guns were illegally purchased in CA.*
- The high-capacity magazines used are illegal in CA.
- The murders were committed in a “gun free zone.”
- It is illegal to build explosive devices in CA.
* some dispute over this. Waiting for the dust to settle on the information.
California has some of the strictest “gun control” laws in the country. Illinois, Chicago specifically, has the strictest gun control laws of any city in the country and yet is the violence and murder capital of the country. I’m not being sarcastic, I am just being honest. We need a better solution that “gun control” because “gun control” clearly does not work.
I’d love to see some practical, new, creative ideas, not slogans, from either the left or the right. Can we just be Americans looking for a solution to violence in America.
As a pastor, I have some pastoral ideas and community ideas, and church ideas but I am looking in the post for some public policy ideas. Anyone? And please, stay away from invective and questioning the motives of others who you do not know.