Is it wise or foolish to pass laws to attempt to control people from moral, physical, personal or mental issues because, when outlawed, it’s harder for people fall back into their unhealthy or harmful actions to themselves or others?
The sad news of the Texas school shootings is once again focusing the pro and cons issues of the need for gun control in the USA as a means for government to hopefully reduce shootings or bitter experiences occurring daily across the USA.
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate an ancient wisdom verse to the conundrum of passing laws to outlaw guns, or known harmful personal choices made my its citizenry that led to death or injury from harmful or bitter experiences to themselves and others.
So, give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1Kings 3:9)
Wisdom is a matter of knowing which voice and whose words to listen to (cf. Colossians 2:3-4). Experience may end up being an effective teacher, true enough, but Proverbs aims to persuade us to hear wisdom before we find ourselves with a storehouse of bitter experience. Biblical wisdom majors on prevention.
What’s My Point?
Regardless of what word or issue we want to insert in any argument with the intention to pass a law in hopes the law to make it harder for any society to partake in a harmful action against themselves or someone else will solve the issue just because there is a law passed to control or protect citizenry.
My point is government power is limited and often ineffective. At best government legislators must have a discerning heart to t first hear both sides of arguments in order to judge between issues of good or bad societal interests on any issue.
For example, guns don’t kill people. Bad or sick people use guns to kill good people who do not have guns to defend themselves from people who have guns.
On the converse, when government passes laws to limit access to guns, it may help make it harder for bad people to use guns to harm good people, while at the converse, can make it easier for bad people with guns to obtain control over good people.
Add that if we include other potential known harmful issues such as drugs, alcohol, menthol, abortion, etc. the same converse arguments can apply to government control over freedom of a society
In My Opinion,
In the USA Democrat Republic, we have the freedom to choose legislators to represent our freedom and discern issues and manage governing our society in a wise and discerning manner by first hearing all sides to arguments.
The USA government politicians are apparently sadly in need of wisdom to discern the issues and pass laws to prevent or reduce folly.
Sadly, government is made up of humans instead of gods, many who have never been taught to understand wisdom in early youth to help them discern the gun arguments issues to help what in ancient times was prescribed by the wiseman to prevent folly is Biblical prevention measures.
Also, sadly, no matter what laws are passed by government, nothing is going to solve the issues in a society that does not enforce the laws or passes laws with loopholes to prevent enforcement of the laws passed.
Or in other words, too many government leaders having never been taught in depth in their youth the Wisdom and Love lessons in the Bible, have now grown up to become legislators with hearts unprepared to hear, understand, and discern how to judge issues in a wise and discerning manner of Biblical prevention.
In my opinion, most States have laws to prevent citizenry under 21 years from making obtaining or known harmful behaviors such as guns, drugs, at an age when their minds have not matured. If the Texas shooter would have been able to purchase the guns and ammunition legally, it might have prevented him from killing a fellow human.
And if the shooter had been taught in his youth the Biblical wisdom and love in the Bible, it might have prevented him from one of the most ancient laws in resistance.
Thou shalt not kill.
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Is it time to replace government leaders in the upcoming election who will not hear, understand and discern their roles as leaders includes their role “to be “a servant with a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong?”
Will passing any law or teaching every youth Biblical prevention path in life, sadly will never end madness and folly in the USA or World?
Is it wise or foolish to attempt to “make it harder for immature youths to fall back into their unhealthy or harmful actions to themselves or others?”
Regards and goodwill blogging.