Letter: Our Culture of Death
To the Editor:
It makes good sense for teachers and staff to have access to the means of self-defense. Schools have a duty to protect the children parents entrust to them. Teachers who opt to carry firearms should receive adequate training and be additionally compensated. We will see myriad politicized reactions to the recent horrible event in Newtown but the only response that would have any preventive effect is the arming and training of teachers and staff.
In principle, we have a right to the means of self-defense. It is a right-to-life issue. However, most teachers are not permitted to be able to defend themselves or the children in their charge.
There is no compelling logic from which to extrapolate a “meaningful,” to use President Obama’s word, legislative gun control response to the horrific event in Connecticut. The killer stole his mother’s firearms and committed mass murder, against the most ancient of existing laws. Law does not restrain the lawless.
A “meaningful” response to violence itself would be to exhort the nation’s returning to God, reversing the culture of death that has poisoned our country since 1973. While we weep at the thought of the beautiful bright-faced children murdered by a madman, the faceless unborn are murdered at the rate of 3,288 per day.
Between the years 1863 and 1972, there were 36 incidents of mass murder in this country. Since 1973, the year of the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion, there have been 54, more than a 400 percent increase. Can you not see the correlation? An increasing secularism has coarsened our society. People not brought up with a genuine formation of conscience are sometimes capable of heinously evil acts.
Indeed, even those who have been instructed in the right way can get off the track. And so we pray, “Search me O God, and know my heart; try me and know my feelings, and see whether I follow an evil way, and lead me in the way of old.” — Psalm 138.