Last week, America was once again rocked by a mass shooting. This time it was in San Bernandino, Calif., at a Christmas party. Two individuals, armed with AR-15s and pipe bombs, killed 14 and wounded another 21 before being killed in a shootout with police.
In the immediate aftermath, liberal lawmakers proclaimed our need for stricter gun laws. These rifles, they stressed, were purchased legally and we needed to make it more difficult for people with bad intentions to make these purchases.
What they failed to mention was the couple also had 12 pipe bombs in their possession and had intended to use one at the party. Were these purchased legally? Maybe we should focus on banning these explosives before we worry about guns.
The fact is California currently has some of the most strict gun laws in the nation. The couple passed the required background check and patiently waited through the 10 day period before they could obtain the firearms. While that sounds like our gun laws aren’t working, consider this: had they been denied the purchase, it would not have stopped this incident.
Again, they had in their possession bombs. They obviously had no respect for the law or the lives of those they massacred. And yet still we hear constantly that guns are the problem. Odd how often we hear that, and yet every mass shooting takes place in a location guns are either banned or not expected. Churches. Theaters. Schools. Why? Because mass shootings involve shooters who go where their victims won’t be armed.
The media’s narrative is that guns are evil. The old saying poses that money is the root of all evil. Folks, I’m here to tell you that money is not the root of all evil. Man is. Man is the root of all evil. There is no evil in the world but that which is perpetrated by man. Guns, drugs, and money are all inanimate objects and by their very nature are capable of neither good nor evil. It is the intentions and actions of man that bring them to be used for evil.
And yet when we judge these evil individuals, we are ourselves judged. We are called bigots and racists and politically incorrect, and often we cower from those labels. Syed Farook’s neighbor cowered from being labeled when he suspected Farook had evil intentions and now 14 lives have been taken and 21 changed forever.
These are troubling times filled with bad people and worse intentions. Our government is scrambling to control the chaos with their narratives, and the media incites the masses to fear and anger with their portrayal of events. Now, more than ever, citizens must learn the values of civil disobedience. We must prepare ourselves, arm ourselves and protect our loved ones. We must put aside our ridiculous hatred of those who have done us no wrong, come together, and present a united front to the agencies of hate.
James Inabinet is the Customer Service Representative for The Herald Independent and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Views expressed in this column are those of the writer only and do not represent the newspaper’s opinion.