Outlaw Friends and Relatives, Not Guns

July 20, 2012 a stranger walks into a movie theater in Aurora Colorado and opens fire on a crowd killing 12 and wounding 58 others.

December 14, 2012 is stranger walks into an elementary school and opens fire on teachers and students killing 20 children and six adults.

Strangers with guns committing violent crimes against people they don’t even know. The way the media and the Obama administration has handled these two situations you would think that we all needed to be looking out to protect ourselves from people we don’t know. They want to keep guns out of the hands of people they don’t know. Their propaganda program has been more successful in scaring the American people than the Orson Welles broadcast of War of the World did on October 30, 1938.

But is it really strangers that we need to fear and protect ourselves from?

On December 11, 2012, the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics released a study on violent crimes in our nation. Believe it or not most violent crimes are committed by a friend, relative, or acquaintance. In their study, crime figures from 2010, reported that 62% of all nonfatal violent crimes, which includes robbery, assault and rape, are perpetrated by someone who knows the victim.

Of the 38% of violent crimes that were committed by strangers, only 10% involved the use of a gun. That means that only 3.8% of nonfatal violent crimes are committed by a stranger with a gun.

To go a step further, 75% of homicides are committed by a friend, relative or acquaintance. That leaves only one out of every four homicides committed by strangers.

Perhaps instead of focusing our attention on guns which are inanimate objects that are incapable of acting on their own accord, we need to start looking at the people around us that we know. Your chances of being the victim of a violent crime from someone you know is far greater than the chance of it being a stranger. Our friends, relatives and acquaintances are capable of acting on their own accord and committing atrocities on one another.

Who is the real culprit and menace to society? It’s not guns, it’s the people you know. So which do we blame and outlaw — people we know or guns?

It may sound ridiculous but I hope it drives home the point that our problem is not guns who buy themselves can do nothing. Our problems are people who all happen to be sinners in a sin cursed world. Starting in Genesis 4 with Cain and Abel, relatives and friends have been murdering each other and committing other crimes against each other because of our sinful nature.

Our solution is not more laws that will only make things worse but to bring people back to God and the Bible.  We can’t outlaw our friends and family, but we can try to share the truth of God’s Word with them.  God’s Word is far more powerful than guns laws.

And the answer isn’t so much mental health as it is spiritual health.  Let’s work on healing our broken spirits and souls first.  You may be surprised to see that this also heals many things that were thought to be mental illness.