Evil Exists And Evil People Do Evil Things
The reality is that evil exists, evil people exist, and evil people do evil things. We punish the evil people who commit evil deeds. Inanimate objects are, by their very essence, incapable of committing any act by themselves.
The amount of pain those affected by the evil acts of evil people suffered is unimaginable. The pain is at times inconsolable. We don’t understand what motivates evil people to commit the evil acts they do. In the final analysis it sounds trite, but the simple explanation is there is no explanation that makes those injured by the evil acts of evil people, feel better.
I don’t know how I would feel if someone close to me were the victim of an evil act such as the evil person committed this past week. I pray that I am never put in the position of finding out.
That’s not to say I haven’t experienced evil acts committed by evil people against people I know because I have. And without going into detail, suffice it to say one involved the murder of a young lady I dated shortly after I graduated from high school.
But, and this is a big but, that is hard for some to grasp — you cannot stop or prevent evil by punishing those who abide by the law. Evil people are criminals, and criminals break the law and commit evil acts in the process.
It is a truism that a gun didn’t murder the children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. An evil person did. A gun, i.e., an inanimate object, cannot be punished, and punishing law abiding citizens by depriving them of their Constitutional rights does not address the core problem nor prevent another criminal from committing an evil act.
It is a well, worn bromide, but the undeniable truth is, “If/when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”
This past summer the police chief and the mayor of Allentown, PA boasted of the success of their daylong gun buy-back program. Persons bringing their guns to be destroyed were given cash for each gun. In order to receive the cash, they needed to present (I believe it was) two forms of ID, at least one of which had to be photo ID, and other personal information. Just how many criminals do you think were standing in line to get a few dollars cash for their guns? The sure answer is: not a one. The other laughable point is that many of the people who were interviewed after turning in their guns told the local reporters that the guns they turned in didn’t work. It was simply an opportunity for them to get a few dollars for something that was broken.
Less than a week after the boasting and chest thumping of the police chief and the mayor, gang-bangers and other independent criminals were busy shooting one another and pulling armed robberies. Who was put at risk by the gun buy-back initiative — the law-abiding citizens or the criminals?
There is barely a week that goes by that someone hasn’t been shot in Allentown, PA since the so-called successful gun buy-back day. My point should be obvious.
What should be addressed is the fact that, despite varied intentions of groups and politicians, evil acts by evil criminals cannot be stopped by punishing the law-abiding.
There are over 22,000 gun laws on the books. Which of them stopped this crime? The plaintive cry to strip us of our Constitutional right to own and bear arms isn’t going to prevent what happened. It will, however, make the law-abiding vulnerable to the evil persons with criminal intentions when they decide to perform their evil acts.
Drunk-driving laws haven’t stopped people from driving drunk; police checkpoints on highways work to a small extent, but they cannot be set up on high speed highways. So they are limited in their ability to prevent same. Protracted prison sentences and “three strikes and you’re out laws” for dealing drugs hasn’t stopped people from dealing illegal drugs. Knowing that law enforcement is continuously running online stings to catch those engaging in child pornography hasn’t stopped the evil pedophiles from trolling the internet for their evil purposes. Did Prohibition end the sale of alcohol or were there unintended consequences such as more alcohol consumption and unparalleled violence as a result?
I think it no less an act of evil for anti-gun groups and Obama to use the pain and suffering of others to further their evil anti-Constitutional agendas. And I think it is shortsighted on the part of those who accept the silly calls for magazine/clip restrictions and the outlawing of certain guns.
I think those in the media would be laughable if not so maniacal pursuant to their ignorant overstating of what various firearms are. I’ve shot the most powerful handguns in the world and enjoyed every round fired. I’ve fired a Thompson Sub-Machine gun, and loved every single round fired. I shot the AR-15 countless times, and I enjoy it every time. And my personal favorite to shoot is the AK47. Shooting that is as good as it gets. Slapping a 15-shot clip into a Glock 21 and doing double-taps is a great day at the range. I enjoy shooting sporting clays, as well. To my friends and me, a day on the range is as good as it gets. And we are not alone in enjoying the pursuits I’ve referenced above.
I should here add as a point of clarification for those unfamiliar, none of the above firearms I reference above are fully automatic. That’s because it is all but impossible for anyone to purchase fully automatic weapons.
It is not my intention to, in any way, minimize the tragedy of last Friday. What happened was horrific, but it could have been avoided or prevented before it reached the point it did if teachers and office staff would have had the option of being armed. Because, as we know, the evil person who killed innocent people wasn’t deterred by the signs proclaiming the school a gun-free zone.
The bottom line is that evil exists, and evil people do evil things. And punishing the law-abiding will in no way prevent evil people from committing evil acts.
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About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here