Saturday, December 15, 2012

There is an evil in this land

I awakened this morning to realize that yesterday's horror was not a nightmare. The murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School are real. Twenty little girls and boys are dead, as well as adult educators. My morning prayers have centered upon the victims' families and upon the ridding of the evil that is in this land.

There is an evil in this land that preys on the innocent.

Every year three times as many people are murdered with guns in the United States as were murdered on Sept. 11, 2001. ~ The Washington Post

We may never know the why of atrocious murders such as those yesterday at Sandy Hook Elementary School; however, we can identify the means of the evil. Like so much of what in wicked in the United States, it relates to money and greed. Specifically it centers in the greed of the firearms industry  gun lobby and the politicians who accept their bribe money.

Guns are big business in the United States—very big business. The U.S. manufacture and sale of firearms is a multi-billion dollar business in the United States and that doesn't include the U.S. weapons exported, legally and illegally, to foreign lands.

In 2012, prior to yesterday’s murders in Connecticut, the United States has witnessed multiple mass shootings—at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin and at a mall in Oregon. Existing gun-control laws did nothing to prevent any of them.

Last month a study of U.S. gun control legislation, prepared by a specialist in domestic security and crime policy at the Congressional Research Service., was presented to Congress. The report noted that, since the Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives…

much of the gun control debate in the 112th Congress has swirled around allegations (regarding the failure of) …the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives mishandled a Phoenix, Ariz.-based gun-trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

In other words, the GOP ignored the murders in Colorado, Wisconsin and Oregon in favor of meaningless accusations against government agencies. No new legislation restricting the firearms will come about as long the gun control lobby has the political right wing in its very large and wealthy pockets.

I end by addressing  this question to politicians who accept contributions from the gun lobby: How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? (Psalms 82.2)

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The following appeared on FaceBook a few moments ago:

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 
Forever untouched, for no one was there.

The tree was unlit, the presents lay scattered,
Forgotten by families whose lives were just shattered.

One nation, one wail, rose into the night,
Echoed by God, for children reft of life.

Then a candle was lit, then another and another.
And a whisper was heard mixed in the sobs of the mothers -

"Clasp hands with me, Neighbor.
Share with me this grief.
Let us comfort each other
Until we find peace."

The whisper grew louder,
Transformed to a roar -
One Nation, undivided, could take no more.



  1. I have never understood the love affair you Yanks have with guns.

  2. Thinking of you and all Americans at this time, Nick. x

  3. A few days ago I might not have agreed with you, Pastor Nick, but today I am in 100% agreement.

  4. This 'right' to bear arms is not right at all.

  5. I appreciate that your brought the profit-motive into the gun control debate. That isn't done enough.