Mass Killing is our Idea of Patriotism

Mass Killing
The horrible violence in a small school against OUR six-year-olds perfectly reflects the nature of our violent retributive society. Mass killing is the new American “normal.” In fact it’s our idea of patriotism.

I spent the last two days in tears “seeing” the faces of my beloved four grandchildren and three children in the faces of the killed children. I can’t even read or listen to the news now.

So forgive this RANT. I’m so sad and so angry.

She was the ideal NRA role model: a white upper-middle-class mom collecting semiautomatic weapons, stocking ammunition, a gun enthusiast and regular user of gun ranges while teaching her son – who shot her in the face — to shoot.

She was the epitome of the ideal NRA middle class white homeowner armed to the teeth and ready to defend “what’s mine.”

She was prepared for every eventuality if, that is, you believe the NRA/rube/fool/fact-free “logic” that the possession of multiple weapons, knowledge of how to use them and plenty of ammunition makes you safe.

Her son shot her in the face and then moved on to murder 20 children and six more adults. He fired with the kind of accuracy that would make the shooting range instructors he had worked alongside proud.

My son learned to shoot too but not at home. He learned to shoot on Parris Island when he was a Marine recruit and qualified as “expert” on the range. He served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq. He’s long since out of the USMC now after 5 years of honorable service. He never talks about “his” wars nor does he own a gun. As he says “I did enough of that over there. I hate guns.” That’s because my son is a rational grownup. He didn’t play war– he went to war.

I own a gun, a single shot old 22 with which I keep the woodchucks who decimate my garden at bay from time to time. I don’t think that this gun makes me “free.” I think my right as a citizen to vote, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights, our military men and women and my participation in town meetings in our town hall, my friendship with the local selectmen, my ability to write and express myself, and my neighbors and fellow citizens looking out for my rights keep me free.

But these days this freedom is starting to look like crap.

Yes you read that right I am beginning to think that our country is a blood-soaked monstrosity that mostly won’t admit what it is we are.

I know hate is not cool, even wrong. But there are things I loathe and despise and ridicule. And among them is the sort of rube fools wandering around in forests in various militias practicing with their lethal toys thinking that somehow that what they are doing has something to do with freedom.

I loathe the sort of urban white moms and dads who think that a couple of loaded handguns in their house keep them safe.

I mock the secessionists that have sprung up in racist reaction to the election of our black president and are joining new versions of the sort of twits who used to put on sheets and pointy hats and burn crosses thinking that somehow they stood for something too.

But my anger – yes I know it’s unfashionable to be angry but I’m mad as hell – is not just aimed at the obvious white trash, rubes, Glenn Beck followers, Rush Limbaugh clones, Fox News-watching idiots, stupid, ignorant persons, blockheads, boors, bucolic buffoons, bumpkins, oafs, peasants, yahoos, yokels… and other Republicans.

I am also furious with the sort of Democrats who think that targeting innocent civilians as part of our counter-terrorism efforts and firing missiles at them and their families is a good substitute for foreign policy and diplomacy. I despise the neoconservative and Christian Zionist movements and the radical hate-filled bigots occupying the West Bank that have goaded our government into uncritical backing of the state of Israel to the point where we have made every right-thinking Arab or Muslim in the world our sworn enemy. That too is part of our national guns-solve-all-problems climate of perpetual violence.

Our militaristic posture also infects and “inspires” our crazies with a virus of lethal scope. It’s in the air so to speak.

I hate the idea that we have a military about 10 times bigger than we need for self-defense. That too is insane invitation to murder.

Yes, that’s right — murder.

George W. Bush was a serial killer of children too for no better “reasons” than the shooter in the school was.

Why were we in Iraq? Bush also went on a senseless killing spree. It was birthed by insane Christian Zionism, defended by neoconservative anything-for-Israel idiocy. Period.

I live in the state of Massachusetts where not so long ago the Pequot Indian tribe was burned to death inside a stockade as Christians stood outside reading Old Testament Bible verses justifying their violence. I live in a country that incarcerates more people in our jails percentage wise than the rest of the western world combined. We have watched blacks, Native Americans, and other minorities marginalized, targeted killed, raped, shot, and imprisoned.

We live in a country so isolated from the rest of the world that we don’t even know what a civilization looks like anymore. “Right-to-carry” laws are a loud declaration that rubes and hayseeds are now running things here.

There are some fools who even say that what we need is more guns! Arm the teachers! Arm the preschool kids!

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Why stop there? Let’s move back into caves!

Let’s just kill any stranger we see! Let’s have “right-to-carry” laws in all states and demand that everyone is armed, armed like the killer’s well-armed mother.

We hear nonsense about being the “best country on earth” when not just educational standards in every testable form put us at the bottom of the ladder of what we call civilized nations, but even with declining crime rates — since we locked up millions of people — the level of gun death in proportion to the number of people in our population is many times more than any other Western country.

So much for being “Number One.”

And yet we accept this is mass killing state as “normal.” We also accept as a normal state of affairs that children stare into little stupid screens 24/7 playing violent video games that greedy nihilistic a-hole game designers churn out. And then there are the creeps who pump out the anti-woman misogyny-saturated porn that should make any civilized person vomit. (I am not talking about explicit erotica many men and women enjoy but the ejaculate-on-her-face-make-her-gag garbage a generation of young men now think is sex.)

They create crap barbarity on cable television that passes for irony as “entertainment” like South Park. And then the only thing missing from this sophomoric juvenile nihilistic cynical shit aimed at young men is half a dozen semiautomatic weapons and stock of ammunition to complete the picture these pigs, these vermin, these profiteers from the destruction of our souls have drawn for us.

I have news for us Americans: We are no longer a civilized country. Actually, we never were. It’s always been South Park here. His name was Thomas Jefferson, our “hero.” He was a slave owning rapist who had sex with his 14-year old slave. Some “founder.” (I love the way “liberals” love Jefferson and say his raping children and slave owning was just a “blind spot.” I guess the Holocaust was Hitler’s blind spot too. And he was nice to dogs. Or maybe slavery isn’t as bad as killing white people.)

Yes, the phrase “love it or leave it” applies.

Will the rubes, secessionists, gun collectors, NRA members, cowardly Democratic Party leaders and cowardly Republican Party leaders please get out of our country? Clearly you don’t love it so please leave.

Take your guns, ammunition, secessionist parties, militia groups, NRA, video game designers, misogynistic porn producers, Hollywood moguls — and for that matter the education policy directors who have had the “great insight” to cut art, music and civilization from our curriculum — with you. You’ve reduced childhood to puerile vomit and “education” to a feeder for “jobs” instead of souls.

Go!

Maybe if the mother who got her face blown off by her well armed son had been taking her sons to art museums instead of teaching them how to use mutant semiautomatic handguns she’d still have a face.

Maybe if the educational system was not teaching “to the test” but instead teaching to the soul that troubled child who grew into a murderer would have sat down and talked with someone who loved him instead of grabbing a gun.

Yes this is judgmental! It’s ugly! It’s angry! It’s moralistic! It’s uncool!

It’s time to take back our country. No that’s wrong. We never had our country.

This whole place stinks of the blood that’s been shed, from the Native Americans slaughtered and lied to, to the 3 million buffalo shot down from train windows and wagons by swaggering fools for no reason, to the glorification of weapons by the lynch mobs surrounding one black man hanging from a tree to all the “sporting rifles and shotguns” that somehow turn out to be military weapons just-for-fun.

We never had this country.

America was built on a Calvinistic theology of retribution and hate of the “other” from the start in the North. And it was built on the slave trade in the South. So much for our enlightened founders.

And when our deadly “Christian” and “enlightened” founders’ spirits take an insane twist and “the other” turns out to be a six-year-old trying to go to school, say a big “Thank You” to every gun-toting, chauvinistic, revenge-filled, scared, ignorant violence-as-entertainment-loving-American NRA rube and to their supporting cast of “helpers” on the “Free Speech Left” who glorify cynicism and irony-about-everything for fun and profit and defend it as freedom.

We now have the perfect formula for horror: cut mental health funding, cut education in the arts and everything else that builds empathy and the human spirit, worship a military industrial imperial “culture” of violence sold as “defense,” desensitize our young men with violent porn, abandon all gun regulation, accept irony and cynicism as entertainment and “higher education” and then teach unstable young men to shoot and to glorify violence all round.

We’re getting so cynical that we probably won’t even care or notice when there is a mass killing a week or a day, instead of “only” once a month or so. Shoot-the-toddler video games anyone? South Park already had a “funny” episode on incest.

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Frank Schaeffer is a writer and author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back.

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  • Mike Ward

    What a horrible thing to say!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=675130162 Doug Stratton

    What is there to say? “And in despair, I bowed my head. “There is no peace on earth,” I said, “for pain is strong and mock the song of ‘Peace on earth, Goodwill to *men*’”.

  • Jonathan

    I validate your right to feel anger and to express that anger, Frank. May we all land well.

  • Geoff Ramsay

    I don’t see how violent and angry words solve the issue of violence in our society.
    And our goal cannot be to blame tragedy on the ideologies of our political opponents.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EF5UF6A7DKDRLEOUHW56IV7WXU SarahC

      Who are his political opponents? He blames Democrats, Republicans and liberals. The only groups not mentioned are conservatives, Socialists and anarchists.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EF5UF6A7DKDRLEOUHW56IV7WXU SarahC

      Who are his political opponents? He blames Democrats, Republicans and liberals. The only groups not mentioned are conservatives, Socialists and anarchists.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Morf-Morford/764643202 Morf Morford

    Angry and horrible perhaps. Like the rage of an Old Testament prophet. Some, perhaps all truth, can be hard to take. Yes, these words sear us. As they should.

  • Brad

    I do not want to marginalize your anger. But the point I would emphasize is that “We are no longer a civilized country. Actually, we never were.”

    We in the US – or any part of the world are not really more civilized than man ever has been. There has always been war. There has always been majorities who discriminate over minorities. There has always been violence.

    The problem is un-redeemed man. Man without God is basically the same today as he was during the days of Jesus. Violent, self centered, hateful. There were mass killings in the days of Jesus. There are mass killings all over the world. There have been many mass killings in the US – not just now – but there have been for decades/centuries.

    In my opinion, the answer always has been that the church reaches out to the lost. We take Jesus to them, we love and He turns their hearts.

    But there is the perception the US is a Christian nation. But it is not. It never has been. But if we are His people, we are to go to the world and make disciples. For some that means going to the nations. For most – it means going to our neighbors.

    I hate what happened and how we as a nation will respond. But all I can control is what I do – and that is put “love” in action, not just in words, to the hurting and broken world I live in.

  • http://www.fivedills.com Greg Dill

    My thoughts exactly, Mr. Schaeffer. In fact, when I first heard of this incident the other day, the first emotion I experienced was intense anger. I blame the gun lobbyists and the NRA for this murder of twenty innocent children. And, I blame those who continue to promote guns as the answer for this heinous act. This incident simply could have been prevented if America didn’t have such a love obsession with guns. This incident wouldn’t have happened if we had much tighter gun control laws in place. I mean, really… why even have guns? Is it because Americans live in a perpetual fear of government oppression and tyranny? Is it because everyone else has a gun and so I need a gun to protect my life and property against a uniquely violent people? It’s absolutely insane! And, what makes me even more angrier is that the very people who are supposed to be a people of peace and love, namely Christians, are the very ones who are saying, “we need more guns”. WTF? I am convinced that guns have become a god, not only to Christians, but to many non-Christians as well. And, the American church has many idols in their midst: nationalism, militarism, patriotism, and politics. Until the church smashes these Satanic strongholds, repents, and turn from their ways, our nation will only continue in a downward spiral.

    I now live in a country where I don’t have to worry about my kids safety. I live in a country where community is a way of life, not a place to go to. I live in a country where all life is sincerely valued. I live in a country where I have never once seen a gun shop. I live in a country, where although it is a depressed economy, people are alive and don’t worry if whether or not some lone crazed gunman is going to charge into a restaurant, movie theater, or cafe with guns-a-blazin’. There are some times I wish to be back home in America. But, I’m finding these times to become less frequent these days. Because I’m not too sure I ever want to go back.

  • Monicalyn

    What a disgusting article to be on this site. An emotional diatribe like this must be posted here to get “hits” I can only imagine. This sort of language accomplishes nothing more than stirring up hatred that cannot possibly result in anything constructive. This is a friend of yours, Tony? Wow. I used to be a fan. Now I’m just saddened that this is the best thing you found to say about a situation that deserves more thoughtfulness and respect than an article like this.

    • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

      Disgusting, indeed. Almost as disgusting as the emotional diatribes in the Psalms. Frank should be ashamed of his anger and pain. God did not make us to be relational and to have emotions. God made us heartless automata.

      • monicalyn

        Thanks for engaging with my comment, but you’ve failed at your attempt at sarcasm here. School shootings are VERY personal to me, and anger is certainly an appropriate response. There is no mention of scripture or Jesus or any higher power in the above post, which is apparently where “Red Letter Christians” has now sunk. Instead the author contributes to such things as pornographic images while supposedly “detesting” pornography. I’m pretty surprised at the comments here which support such rhetoric.

        • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

          You’ll have to show me where he’s contributing to pornographic images – I see no such thing.

          There is also no mention of any higher power in the book of Esther. Try digging a little deeper, if you would. The message, angry though it is, is consistent with Scripture.

          And I find it incredibly interesting that you claim that you think anger is an appropriate response, but your major critique was that the post did not show adequate “thoughtfulness and respect” – that it “accomplishes nothing more than stirring up hatred that cannot possibly result in anything constructive.” Sounds a lot like you’re upset at him for being mad, from where I sit.

          • SamHamilton

            It sounds like she’s upset with him for how he has expressed his anger and the words he’s chosen.

          • Shawn

            matt 5:22

            that is all.

          • Shawn

            matt 5:22

            that is all.

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            John 8:7

          • Shawn

            Exactly. Perhaps the writer should read these verses before casting his stones.

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            And perhaps we all take that verse the wrong way – because all too often we use it as a weapon: “Yeah, see, Jesus wants you to stop casting stones!”

    • SamHamilton

      I felt the same way Monicalyn. There is certainly a place for righteous anger. But there is just so much hatred here. So much loathing of people who simply come from a different culture or think differently than Schaeffer. So much stereotyping and name-calling. If the stereotyping and name calling where being applied to anyone but white Americans Frank Schaeffer would never be allowed to post here again. “rubes, hayseeds, white suburban moms, etc.” It’s all so hateful of people. Not hateful of violence or evil, but of people.

      • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

        Thank you, that put it into words I can understand. I still stand behind my response to Monicalyn, but I also find myself agreeing with you – especially since you were actually willing to point to specific examples of what you disliked.

        • monicalyn

          Really Snommelp? I didn’t realize I needed to repeat the words “ejaculate-on-her-face-make-her-gag” for you to understand the pornographic images in this article! Perhaps you didn’t read it very closely before you rushed to defend this piece and put down my comment. Yeah I haven’t read anything like that in the Psalms, so maybe you can show ME where such language is equivalent to righteous anger? Prove your own point!

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            The singular pornographic image that he was using as an example of how far-removed pornography is from a loving relationship? That’s the example you’re going to throw at me? You aren’t helping yourself there.

            As for the Psalms, try 137. That one has some fun imagery. Or look to Psalm 69:22-28. Look at any imprecatory Psalm. The language will not be exactly the same, but it will feel very similar to what Frank wrote. And then start looking through the prophets – they get graphic with their anger, too. If your only complaint is that he was specific about what makes him mad, then at best you have a very strange complaint.

          • Jonathan

            Perhaps I should do a piece about niggers and the violence of ghetto culture. My angry use of the word “nigger” would be entirely justified.

          • Jonathan

            Perhaps I should do a piece about niggers and the violence of ghetto culture. My angry use of the word “nigger” would be entirely justified.

          • Jonathan

            Perhaps I should do a piece about niggers and the violence of ghetto culture. My angry use of the word “nigger” would be entirely justified.

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            If you were using it to point out how destructive that word is? Then yes. It would indeed be justified.

          • YouKnowMe

            Wow, you really shamed yourself with that one.

          • Jonathan

            …and I suppose you would think that “loving” pornography is good and positive thing?

            But you are so right. It was entirely necessary for him to graphically paint a derogatory pornographic scene, when he could have just said… uhh… derogatory and degrading. Perhaps he should have gone further like “Gang raping *ss gaping blood spattering porn.”

          • Jonathan

            …and I suppose you would think that “loving” pornography is good and positive thing?

            But you are so right. It was entirely necessary for him to graphically paint a derogatory pornographic scene, when he could have just said… uhh… derogatory and degrading. Perhaps he should have gone further like “Gang raping *ss gaping blood spattering porn.”

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            Did you really have to put words in my mouth like that, Jonathan? That is not conducive to a constructive argument.

          • Jonathan Starkey

            Must be another Jonathan on here. I’ll have to start using my full name in order to not be confused with comments above.

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            Yeah, his tone and logic seemed rather different from what I’ve come to expect from you. Couldn’t decide if it was a different person, or if this was a subject that struck a nerve with you, so much that it changed your persona.

          • Jonathan

            …and I suppose you would think that “loving” pornography is good and positive thing?

            But you are so right. It was entirely necessary for him to graphically paint a derogatory pornographic scene, when he could have just said… uhh… derogatory and degrading. Perhaps he should have gone further like “Gang raping *ss gaping blood spattering porn.”

          • SamHamilton

            Yes, I’m glad he made it clear that he’s not condemning all pornography that people enjoy, just the really filthy stuff.

  • http://twitter.com/dukeofsurf Dennis Laing

    I loath his unenlightened racist assumptions! It plays well with his audience and gets him some writing and speaking gigs, but it’s crap!

    • http://www.facebook.com/otro.tierra Otro Tierra

      Racist assumptions? You forgot to point them out. Show us Frank Schaeffer’s unenlightened racist assumptions. Direct quotations and context, please.

      • http://twitter.com/dukeofsurf Dennis Laing

        If you can’t read his vitriol and race blaming and baiting, there are no words which can help you. I appreciate his anger and feel his pain, but the snarky non-solution driven vomit is all I am hearing lately from either side… it’s boring and it’s not helping anyone.

        • http://www.facebook.com/otro.tierra Otro Tierra

          Where exactly in Frank Schaeffer’s post are the racist assumptions you are so certain about?

          • Janette

            Ummm… How about “rubes, hayseeds, white suburban moms” or “white trash”?

          • Janette

            Ummm… How about “rubes, hayseeds, white suburban moms” or “white trash”?

          • Janette

            Ummm… How about “rubes, hayseeds, white suburban moms” or “white trash”?

          • http://twitter.com/dukeofsurf Dennis Laing

            Janette… :-) Yeah, if those attacks didn’t fall on Otro’s fertile mind, I wasn’t going to try to explain. It would have been too confusing for her.

          • 22044

            I think you’ve concluded correctly, Dennis.

          • SamHamilton

            Otro Tierra,
            The racially-tinged comments have been pointed out to you. What is your response?

          • http://www.facebook.com/otro.tierra Otro Tierra

            Dennis Laing is still searching for all that racism he sees. I’ll respond when he provides the quotes and context.

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            Just so that I’m on the same page – quotes were given, but they weren’t from Dennis, so we’re ignoring them?

          • http://www.facebook.com/otro.tierra Otro Tierra

            I asked Dennis a question, so let’s give him the time he needs to answer. I’m already a little familiar with Frank Schaeffer’s writings and biography, which show a profound commitment to social justice and anti-racism. This is very politically incorrect, of course, as Frank’s commentary is above. How do we know? Just look at the comments…

          • 22044

            You keep using the phrase politically incorrect.
            I do not think it means what you seem to think it means.

          • http://twitter.com/dukeofsurf Dennis Laing

            All references to princess bride must me smiled upon!

          • http://twitter.com/dukeofsurf Dennis Laing

            Otro, If you cannot objectively read and see the bold racist inferences, baiting, name calling etc, there are not enough words to enlighten you. I choose to have discussions with people who are at least honest readers, they do not have to agree with me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/otro.tierra Otro Tierra

            So after two full days of thinking, you came up with nothing. What are you running from, Dennis?

          • 22044

            Otro,
            Are you not good at reading?
            Dennis is not interested in having a conversation with you.
            I applaud his discretion.
            Too bad for you.
            SMH.

          • http://www.facebook.com/otro.tierra Otro Tierra

            Now we know where you get your name: 22044 Accusations is a fitting descriptor. Or is “The Accuser” more appropriate?

          • 22044

            I just follow proper debating & logical progressions. I guess you have no idea what my handle refers to.

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            ,,,fish head?

          • http://twitter.com/dukeofsurf Dennis Laing

            I don’t know, seemed appropriate in light of Otro’s baiting… She’s hiding a hook and won’t reveal it… I choose not to fish…

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            Got it. I figured you had a good reason, I just couldn’t see it. Thanks!

          • 22044

            We saw this on another page, but we know that a certain commenter is all
            hat & no cattle (the following principle could apply for others as
            well), is when she won’t respond to ideas & evidence…but remains
            stuck on commenting on people. We see it all the time when she takes empty
            potshots at anyone whom her politics don’t line up with (when they
            aren’t mentioned in the post or comments). People could accurately
            call this being uselessly obtuse, or missing the forest for the trees.
            In
            this case, fair evidence is presented to evaluate & respond to (and
            reasonable people can have differing views of it). But she keeps saying
            “Oh, but Dennis…Dennis…Dennis!”

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            …so, I was going to respond to this, and disqus logged me out. Fitting, since my comment was about how disqus acts weird sometimes, rather than being anything substantial regarding this conversation.

  • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

    My initial response was to jump on the defensive – things like violent video games aren’t meant for children, if they’re playing those games it’s a sign of bad parenting, nothing more! But why is it that violence seems to be our major preference for video games, anyways? Why do we prefer games where the objective is to shoot everything that moves, rather than games where the objective is to create? When did we give up our legos and model trains for nerf guns and paintball?

    • Erica Miller

      competition is more fun than no competition which is why we prefer nerf guns and paintball… i hardly think it has anything to do with the particular act of violence. Unless the child is a violent person and in that case i agree and say that better parenting may be in order to show our young that video games ect are meant for only competition not to inflict any harm.

      • SamHamilton

        Erica,
        I agree about the fun of competition, but competition doesn’t have to involve shooting things at people.

      • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

        As Sam notes, there are a multitude of competitions that are non-violent, or at least significantly less violent than playing at war. I’m not going to lie, I enjoy video games like Halo, but lately I’ve been trying to find games for my XBox that I can play with my wife, and I’ve run up against the reality that there are very few games that don’t have violence as a core mechanic.

    • SamHamilton

      Why do we prefer games where the objective is to shoot everything that moves, rather than games where the objective is to create?

      I think this is a huge issue the policy makers try to ignore because they like to “do something” and there is little they can do about this that doesn’t involve censorship of entertainment. But we, Christians, must take this up, even at the risk of being ridiculed the way Tipper Gore and others were who publicly criticized violent movies. If we can bring up the “taboo” of gun control, certainly we can also confront the “entertainment” industry.

      • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

        I won’t lie, I enjoy shooting games like Halo. But I’m starting to wonder why. Why have I and others determined that this particular genre is the shining example of video game fun? My wife and I play Minecraft together – it’s basically a video game version of lego. It’s our most-played game. No violence, unless you turn the monsters on, and we usually don’t (unless we need them for a specific task). Just exploration and creation. It is immensely fulfilling.

        • SamHamilton

          Yes, I’ve played shooting games too. And there’s certainly a thrill to it. It’s kind of scary. They’re addicting. I haven’t played them in years since getting married though; there’s no time for video games any more. One of the many ways marriage has improved me!

  • liliana stahlberg

    What can we do together? How can we organize to become a voice for NON VIOLENCE?

  • liliana stahlberg

    Thank you for your message! If there is anybody who is not angry at what happened to the holy innocents then something is very wrong! I am also very angry and I will not rest until I have done my job to move the hearts of American people so that they will be transformed by the renewing of their mind to see that the will of God is NON VIOLENCE!

  • Micah

    I would like to add that I agree with a lot of this article and some really good points are made, but the divisive, condemning and hateful language is not a good post on this blog. I would encourage Red Letter Christians to edit pieces like this and strive for a higher quality of authoriship. Anger and venting are needed and helpful in our spiritual struggles with the pain of this world and this specific shooting, but should not be published in this context.

  • 22044

    I appreciate that there is necessary ranting and even Mr. Schaeffer’s disclosure that this post is a rant, but if there is more ranting to do, could it be done off-line, please?

  • SamHamilton

    Crazy for God or just plain crazy?

    Are there editors that pick and choose which blogs posts/rants to publish on RLC and which not to? There is so much stereotyping going on here it’s hard to read. Discernment by the editors, please.

    Everything Frank Schaffer writes is not worthy of publishing. We need to stop pretending it is just because his father was respected.

  • John

    Frank, I understand your anger and I accept your ‘rant’ as part of a healing process we are all going through right now. Hopefully, you will be able to post again shortly, about how you have moved on to forgiveness and how God turned your anger with others into something beautiful. In the meantime, I’ll do as you asked and forgive you for this rant.

    • YouKnowMe

      You should be thanking him.

  • Person

    “Something terrible happened. Now everybody agrees with my solution or you are just one of the people helping to carry it out!”

    This is ridiculous. THIS is why conservatives don’t talk about guns after these events. Not because we don’t care, not because we don’t want these things to stop, but because if we disagree with YOUR solution to poverty or violence, it means we will be labeled as supporters of what happened. It is sick, and clearly just a desperate attempt at getting out of a thoughtful and helpful debate.

  • Jonathan

    I once told a girl in my office that she reacted in a very angry manner towards a subject. That she should have a more peace loving non-violent approach. She looked at me direct in the eye and said “I have a right to express my anger.” And I thought, “you know what… she is right.”
    —–
    Since then I’ve felt people have a right to respond, and express.
    —–
    It seems though the only acceptable American response is vengeance. If you want to say go get those Islamic Terrorists by any means necessary that is considered a valid anger response, but if you say, “I loathe the sort of urban white moms and dads who think that a couple of loaded handguns in their house keep them safe.” In response to another school shooting you’re a hater.

    • http://twitter.com/dukeofsurf Dennis Laing

      I would agree with you Jonathan if it were true. But urban white moms and dads aren’t the only ones who have loaded hand guns… so bringing race into it doesn’t make any sense. Frankie can disagree all he wants with whether or not it’s wise to have a handgun, I don’t care about that…. but I am damn tired of people using race to beef up the credibility of an argument, as if he laid down the trump card and now anyone who disagrees with his enlightened white progressive values is a racist. I know plenty of wonderful Hispanic moms and dads who have loaded guns in their house. What, Frankie doesn’t loath them because their skin is dark? It’s only the white bourgeois moms and dads who drink the cool-aide?

      • Jonathan

        Maybe he goes to a majority white conservative zionist republican church like I do in the Midwest.:)

        • Jonathan

          I forgot gun touting.:)

        • Jonathan

          I forgot gun touting.:)

        • Jonathan

          I forgot gun touting.:)

        • http://twitter.com/dukeofsurf Dennis Laing

          LOLOLOLOLOL Now that’s funny :-) you poor bastard

      • Jonathan

        Maybe he goes to a majority white conservative zionist republican church like I do in the Midwest.:)

      • Jonathan

        Maybe he goes to a majority white conservative zionist republican church like I do in the Midwest.:)

    • SamHamilton

      Why is “go get those Islamic terrorists by any means necessary” a valid anger response?

      I don’t think that’s any more acceptable to say I hate white people who own guns for protection purposes. (And why the racial angle? Certainly people other than white people own guns for protection.) Are these people really worth of our hate?

      At least the terrorists are actually the directly guilty party.

      Feeling anger is human. How and where we express that anger is what sets us apart from the other animals. Christians, above all, should take care how we express anger.

  • Ex-Highway Patrolman

    Sorrry that the author did not check his facts. The US is not the leader in gun slayings. in the Western World. In fact the country with the least crime is Switzerland where most citizens are required to take shooting lesson and are permitted to carry weapons. I do not read of problems arising from the availability of weapons there. Had this been the process here, I doubt that Lanza would have gotten very far in his slayings without being stopped, or PERHAPS, he wuld not have attempted it in the first place. Consider that!
    Now since this is not limited to schools, I suggest that those educated in the use of weapons on staff, have access to a locked, secured and concealed (to most), weapon and he or she or them, be allowed to use the weapon when the need arises.

    • Frank Schaeffer

      I grew up in Switzerland. You don’t know what you’re talking about. The Swiss Army issues weapons to those who serve. They also issue ammunition If the weapons are ever used outside of military training the punishment is severe. This is a totally different issue.

    • Frank Schaeffer

      I grew up in Switzerland. You don’t know what you’re talking about. The Swiss Army issues weapons to those who serve. They also issue ammunition If the weapons are ever used outside of military training the punishment is severe. This is a totally different issue.

    • Frank Schaeffer

      I grew up in Switzerland. You don’t know what you’re talking about. The Swiss Army issues weapons to those who serve. They also issue ammunition If the weapons are ever used outside of military training the punishment is severe. This is a totally different issue.

  • Jean

    stupid christians. always hating and loathing in the name of religion.

  • Jean

    stupid christians. always hating and loathing in the name of religion.

  • Jean

    stupid christians. always hating and loathing in the name of religion.

  • http://twitter.com/North2theFuture North2TheFuture

    http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/synopsis/ In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England (Rhode Island) ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.

  • http://twitter.com/North2theFuture North2TheFuture

    http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/synopsis/ In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England (Rhode Island) ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.

  • http://twitter.com/North2theFuture North2TheFuture

    http://www.tracesofthetrade.org/synopsis/ In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England (Rhode Island) ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.

  • Guest

    I am sad to report my disappointment at the presence of this article on this website. While a agree with many of the sentiments expressed, and while I believe anger is part of our God-given humanity, I cannot agree with the decision to insult the individuals with the name-calling that this piece contains. Each person who is receiving the blow of these insults is no less of an image bearer of our Creator than the writer, and such words have blatantly disregarded that. In addition, I am also disappointed because I typically enjoy the professionalism of this blog, and I found none in this piece.

  • Guest

    I am sad to report my disappointment at the presence of this article on this website. While a agree with many of the sentiments expressed, and while I believe anger is part of our God-given humanity, I cannot agree with the decision to insult the individuals with the name-calling that this piece contains. Each person who is receiving the blow of these insults is no less of an image bearer of our Creator than the writer, and such words have blatantly disregarded that. In addition, I am also disappointed because I typically enjoy the professionalism of this blog, and I found none in this piece.

  • Guest

    I am sad to report my disappointment at the presence of this article on this website. While a agree with many of the sentiments expressed, and while I believe anger is part of our God-given humanity, I cannot agree with the decision to insult the individuals with the name-calling that this piece contains. Each person who is receiving the blow of these insults is no less of an image bearer of our Creator than the writer, and such words have blatantly disregarded that. In addition, I am also disappointed because I typically enjoy the professionalism of this blog, and I found none in this piece.

  • DMaguire27

    You call yourself a Christian? You’re just another state-worshiping elitist who thinks those of us who don’t share your political views are “rubes” or “fools.”

    • http://twitter.com/dukeofsurf Dennis Laing

      Yes, the elitists can ignorantly say whatever they want. The media will never critique their shallow self-aggrandized evaluation. The rest of us are to damn stupid to make it up to their level of actualization… The pen is mightier than the sword, until the masses get sick of the pen.

  • Me

    Sometimes the gift of Prophecy reveals itself in a little name calling and forced self reflection. I’m just saying…

    Matthew 3

    But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

    • SamHamilton

      You stupid rube! What an idiot you are! How could you believe such a thing!?

      See, Jesus called people names, doesn’t it reflect well on me and improve discourse? Hey, I’m just ranting… Don’t take this seriously.

  • EvergreenJeff

    This is a childish rant and not worth reading. You cannot say that the constitution is what makes you feel free and not agree with 90% of what the NRA is trying to protect. Please rewrite this when your emotions are not making you irrational

  • Erica Miller

    I’m confused. This is a christian site right? and if that is the case how is something this hateful and an emotional induced article even get posted. It is so highly controversial because not only is he just ranting….he has absolutely nothing substantial to this what so ever. I’m completely disgusted by this entire thing. Maybe if he stopped wasting his time on useless whining and put forth effort to make it a better place then we wouldn’t be such a “uncivilized country”. I’m almost positive that it is attitudes like this that make our country “uncivilized”. Why is it that he looks so deeply on just what is wrong with the country rather than how he can make it a better place or how about why doesn’t he bother to acknowledge the good….. isn’t that what being a “christian” is all about?? This man is an emotional driven hypocrite and this is the kind of person who makes our country a judgmental and ugly place. It’s easier to hate and point the finger apparently….

  • Bill Hooson

    Frank, I am sorry for your pain and suffering. Those of us who have voices have been quiet too long. I don’t know whether you wrote your first 3 paragraphs first or last. I have been vacillating whether or not to share this article. As indicated from many of those who have commented on this article there are many who just continue to bury there head in the sand. Your message is like pouring lemon juice or salt into an open wound. It hurts like hell and we were already hurting. In your anger you have dumped out nearly every contributing cause to the prevention of achieving the idealism of the American Dream. That is overwhelming. But you prefaced your diatribe as a RANT and it has to be read as that. The question that arises is how do we take the energy in the anger to affect meaningful change. All of us should be pissed – we should have erupted after Columbine. We should have erupted after the ban on assault rifles lapsed. I am angry not only for the 20 young children and 6 adults killed by guns at Newtown, but for the more than 30 people killed everday by guns in the US. I think the last election taught us that we can see through the fear of hate media. I think that we can help people realize that you can “control” guns without eroding the 2nd amendment. I think we need to hold the media more accountable to report facts and to disprove lies and fallacies that foment fear. Your anger is justified. Your rant is probably alarming to everyone who reads it, whether they have read your books or articles, whether they know you or not. And it should be alarming. I look forward, as your grieving process allows you to reflect and the vitriol of your hate subsides, to see where your renewed energy will take you.

  • Drew

    If someone on the right wrote a similar article (as far as tone, style, content), this website would run five articles in a row about how this person needs to be condemned and why they represent all that is bad about the “right.”

    However, since this is written by someone on the left, all we see are comments comparing Frank to an Old Testament prophet.

    Funny how hypocrisy works.

    • 22044

      I think that’s a good point. What’s good for someone, if it is good, ought to be good for others. The only possible good result from this post (if that is the factor to assess it) is that people will read the Psalms and other applicable Bible passages.

    • SamHamilton

      Frank Schaeffer is still, at heart, a fundamentalist. The fundamentals are just different. He has all the zeal of a convert but can only rage at what he’s left behind rather than talk beautifully about what he’s for. It’s sad. He needs to move on from moving on.

      • 22044

        Well stated.

      • Drew

        I agree with 22044… well-stated, Sam. Far left and far right fundamentalists are mirror images of each other.

        • YouKnowMe

          Can you provide an example?

    • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

      You and I clearly see different things, because I see Frank condemning left and right alike in this rant. I agree that he is probably focusing his anger too heavily on the right, but let’s not ignore that the anger is directed across the board.

      • Drew

        When you are on the far left, you condemn the right for being the right, and you condemn the left for not being far enough to the left. Just like the Tea Party folks will condemn the left for being the left, and condemn the right for not being far enough to the right. That’s different than being in the middle and thinking both sides are too extreme.

        • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

          Except I see him as condemning the far left – it’s the extreme left that justifies pornography as free speech (the left’s issue of choice), which here Frank condemns. It’s the extreme left that justifies ridiculous, violent entertainment (movies and video games) as art forms, which again Frank condemns. Perhaps I’m over-thinking things, but it hardly looks like someone on the far end condemning his peers for not going far enough to the extreme.

          • Drew

            Yes, you are over-thinking this. I suspect the far left will grasp at any straws possible to defend Frank, no matter how flimsy or ridiculous. OT Prophet, “across the board condemnation”, ect.

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            Problem is, Drew, you aren’t showing me how I’m over-thinking. You aren’t showing how Frank’s condemnation of the left doesn’t count as “across the board condemnation.” If it’s flimsy, show me. You’ve not explained how it’s wrong, let alone how it’s “ridiculous.”

          • Drew

            I don’t know why you respond to my opinions, let alone respond to them only to be argumentative and divisive. You said you might be over-thinking this; I agreed. Now I have to tell you why you said you were over-thinking this? Ha.

          • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

            I respond because I foolishly hope that you’ll give me something substantial. Thank you for reminding me that it’s a foolish hope.

            It’s hardly “argumentative and divisive” to want you to support the things you say. The divisiveness comes from refusing to have a rational conversation, choosing instead to vilify by saying things like “I suspect [they] will grasp at any straws possible… no matter how flimsy or ridiculous.”

          • Drew

            Well, if that’s how you feel, then stop engaging me in fruitless discussion, unless you get off on the divisiveness and pettiness.

      • SamHamilton

        Drew could have left “left” and “right” out of it. I assume they were just shorthand for something more wordy. He could have said…

        “If Jerry Fallwell or Pat Robertson or Mark Driscoll (fill in the blank with a Christian personality RLC-types tend to disagree with) wrote a similar article the website would have run five articles in a row about how this person needs to be condemned and why they represent all that is bad about the ‘right.’

        “However, since this is written by someone that RLC-types tend to like, all we see are comments comparing Frank to an OT prophet.”

        I think his point would have been just as valid. I can’t stand the way people on the “left” and “right” refer to people they agree with as prophetic and endow their own beliefs with moral superiority simply by applying this term. It’s totally loaded and meant to cow people who disagree into silence. “How can you disagree with this prophet?! He’s like Isaiah!”

        It’s kind of like “Jesus called people names, so I’m okay calling you names.” Or “Jesus upset the money-changers tables, so it’s okay if I go into a bad bank and spray paint slogans on their walls. It’s just holy mischief.”

        I prefer “Do unto others…” (Though I often fall short.)

        • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

          I was going to agree with you, but then Drew responded, and it seems he did indeed mean “left” and “right.”

          But let me be clear: I’m not going to claim that I think Frank is a saint, or comparable to an OT prophet. I may have implied the latter in earlier comments (though I never would have said something quite that strong), but prayerful consideration coupled with discussion has changed my opinion on that somewhat. What I am saying is that we can’t just claim “Frank is being supported because he’s X” when he’s condemning X. Ignoring content to prove your point is bad form.

          Apart from what I have said here, I agree with you entirely. Although the prophets were imperfect humans like us, we cannot declare a person to be a prophet just because we agree with them. That’s setting ourselves up as God, whether we’d admit it or not. I will not say that we cannot have prophets in this day and age, but anyone and anything claiming to be from God must be tested – they will be known by their fruit.

          …in all honesty, my frustration stems from the fact that I see so much negativity and so little positive, or at least constructive. I see so many comments that seem to be variations on “Frank is a terrible person for writing this and anyone who got anything positive out of this is also terrible.” It seems so obvious to me that I feel I shouldn’t have to say it, but that is not language that builds up. And of course the easy response is “but Frank didn’t build anything up either!” Fine. But if you think that’s such a terrible thing, why are you doing it, too? Not you, Sam, just a vague and general “you.” If we’re all so offended at the fact that this rant was negative, then why are we responding with more negative?

          • SamHamilton

            Thanks for your response. Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you…the holidays and all that!

            Perhaps you’re right that Drew did mean “left and right.” He hasn’t clarified. And I agree that some of the critics of Frank could be more substantive.

            Happy New Years!

  • Ragan Courtney

    There is passion and deep truth in this article. It is difficult to look at a crucified Jesus and children shot multiple times and not feel anger. It is also sad for us to not have empathy toward a wide spectrum of responses to the tragedy at Newtown. Rage is expected and righteous indignation as well as weeping and wailing and tearing our clothes in abject grief after such loss. After the grieving, maybe we can have constructive discussions as to what we as followers of the one who COMMANDED that we love one another like HE loves can do. What a concept, this love commandment. Wonder if it will ever work?

  • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

    Looking through the comments after just a day, it’s so very clear that what James said – not many of you should become teachers, because you will be judged more strictly. I guess it holds true whether you’re a pastor, or a writer on a Christian blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cfogarty1964 Chris Fogarty

    I have grown tired of an elite cadre of petulant liberals that critique white middle America while
    exempting themselves from the vitriol.

    Franky’s father was articulate, compassionate, generous evangelical and did a lot to try and bring a cultural Renaissance to evangelical Christianity. Unfortunately his son, Franky, adopted the worst components of evangelical Christianity, judgmental, self-righteous, holier than thou attitudes, while jettisoning its compassion, forgiveness, and grace.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 32,885 people died in traffic crashes in 2010 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,228 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths last year.

    This is a far more serious issue. Just in deaths alone. cars and alcohol are demonstrably a more lethal combination that autism and firearms.

    The county of Los Angeles alone has an average homicide rate that annually breaks a thousand. Approximately half of these slayings are gang related homicides. That puts the killing of minority youth slayings at or around 500 per year. The median age of the victims is 21.The gang-related death rate of African American males, ages 15 to 19, tripled.The gang-related death rate of Latino males, ages 15 to 19, increased by about 30%. Less than 5% of gang-related deaths were related to narcotics trafficking. Guns were used in 95% of gang-related killings.The use of semiautomatic handguns in these killings increased by more than 40%assault weapons were used in only 2.8% of the deaths. The majority of these guns were obtained illegally and from illegal cross boarder gun running.

    Where is Mr Schaeffer’s vitriolic rant against African American and Latino cultures for allowing an annual killing fields of America’s minority youth. Perhaps Mr Schaeffer is the racist in focusing all his moral outrage on the killing of white youth?

    It is easier to sit on the sideline hurling grenades into the fray of a horrible act of suburban terrorism, rather than offering those qualities his father possessed in abundance such as grace, love and compassion.

    I am no longer a Christian, for a multitude of reasons. One of them was its obnoxiously pompous self righteous posturing. It know appears the left wing of the church has adopted the vices traditionally in the domain of the Pharisaical right.

    • 22044

      Thanks for sharing your story. Like you, I really liked Francis Schaeffer’s work and ideas – it helped me embrace that reason & Christianity are not enemies.

    • http://www.fivedills.com Greg Dill

      You may want to recheck some of your figures. As it stands, gun deaths are passing car deaths at a steady rate. By 2015, gun related deaths will surpass car related fatalities.

      http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2012/12/18/gun_deaths_in_america_gun_deaths_outpace_motor_vehicle_deaths_in_at_least.html

      Furthermore, while gangs certainly contribute to a high percentage of gun related deaths, suicides, and accidents are even higher.

      And, you’re not a Christian because of left-wing or right-wing people. You’re not a Christian because you have chosen to reject Christ. Don’t look at people for salvation, look to Christ. Otherwise, you will always be disappointed.

      Peace

  • http://www.facebook.com/DeepNarcosis William J. Green

    ” . . . the obvious white trash, rubes, Glenn Beck followers, Rush Limbaugh clones, Fox News-watching idiots, stupid, ignorant persons, blockheads, boors, bucolic buffoons, bumpkins, oafs, peasants, yahoos, yokels… and other Republicans.”

    I AM a brother in the Lord for the last 34 years and I am “white trash,” an admirer of “Glenn Beck,” I watch “Fox News” and am virtually certain I know the issues and events MUCH BETTER than you, and I am a “Republican.”

    I forgive you dear child; you KNOW not what you say or do. God have mercy upon your violently angry soul that you let the sun go down on, and now the Son is reaching out to you with mercy and grace and beseeching your repentance.

    Your anger has robbed you of the ability to reason and it is no longer righteous because you pointed at your brothers and sisters in Christ and did NOT place due blame on the PERSON who squeezed the triggers before the sun went down; those triggers did not remove themselves from their storage areas, did not transport themselves to a school and certainly did NOT squeeze themselves. A deranged and possibly demon-possessed man did. But you did NOT mention his name: allegedly Adam Lanza, you did not mention Satan or his legion of demons; you did not even mention the possibility of Adam’s mental illness. Instead you mentioned me. And for that I heap forgiveness and pity upon you. Shame on you.

    God forgive you and make the sun stand still in the sky and NOT GO DOWN again before you jettison your misguided and misdirected anger.

    You manifest an abject ignorance of Theology, Exegesis, History, our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, Reason, and Logic.

    You can be sympathized and empathized with for your anger but you need forgiveness and rebuke for your condemnation and rebuke of me and my ilk.

    You’re raving mad and manifesting lunacy because 27 people — 20 of them under the age of 8 — were shot to death by a manifestly crazy criminal but you never manifested a hint of remorse, righteous anger nor condemnation for all the non-criminal, presumably non-mentally ill pregnant women and their doctors who have annihilated about 55,000,000 babies under the age of 1 since 1973. We expect the criminally insane to commit crimes but we do NOT expect the presumably law-abiding sane to annihilate fully 1/6th of our population by filicde.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DeepNarcosis William J. Green

    “I loathe the sort of urban white moms and dads who think that a couple of loaded handguns in their house keep them safe.”

    And RACIST, too! I would bet my firstborn you did NOT do a smidgeon of empirical research before you wrote this angry trope.

    Let me point you in a reasonable direction:

    1) Stalin, Mao and Hitler (responsible last century for killing ~ 100,000,000 people including MANY of their own citizens) strictly enforced gun control and confiscated guns from their citizens (I wanted to start with the easiest question first)

    2) The firearm crime rate in Ohio remained steady after their concealed-carry law passed in 2004

    3) Gun Permit holders in the U.S. commit crimes at a rate lower than that of the general population

    4) The crime rate among concealed-carry permit holders is lower than the crime rate among police officers when you take into account all the “Not Guilty” verdicts they receive on homicide charges

    5) Today, the number of concealed-carry permits is the highest it’s ever been, at 8 million, and the homicide rate is the lowest it’s been in four decades—less than half what it was 20 years ago

    6) Only 13 percent of burglaries in America occur when the occupant is home. In Britain (with extremely strict gun control laws), so-called hot burglaries account for about 45 percent of all break-ins

    7) A survey of almost 2,000 convicted U.S. felons, conducted by the criminologists Peter Rossi and James D. Wright in the late ’80s, concluded that burglars are more afraid of armed homeowners than they are of arrest by the police

    8) A 1990′s study known as the federal government’s National Crime Victimization Survey, asked victims of crimes whether they, or someone else, had used a gun in their defense. THIS STUDY DISCOVERED ABOUT 108,000 DEFENSIVE USES OF FIREARMS A YEAR, which Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA described as “a significant reduction in criminal activity.”

    9) Most colleges and universities are “Gun Free Zones.” Many have published student handbooks that recommend the following for unarmed students in the unlikely but possible event an armed intruder begins shooting near them:

    a) “If the person(s) is causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide you may choose to be compliant, play dead, or fight for your life.”

    b) “act (in response) with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.” These items could include “student desks, keys, shoes, belts, books, cell phones, iPods, book bags, laptops, pens, pencils, etc.”

    c) Taken from a Department of Homeland Security directive, “throw items and improvise weapons, and yell.”

    10) Referring to number 9 above Constitutional gun rights activists have reacted by stating, “The universities are unable to protect people, but then they disable people from protecting themselves” by prohibiting guns on their campuses

    11) Colorado State University has allowed concealed carry since 2003 and violent crime at Colorado State has dropped since then

    12) The great State of Florida has seen a drop in crime since 1987 when it started granting concealed-carry permits — despite the irrational hysterics of those who trust that George Zimmerman first assaulted Trayvon Martin despite the eyewitness and forensic evidence that indicates Martin first assaulted Zimmerman and that Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense

    13) Liberals sometimes make the mistake of anthropomorphizing guns, ascribing to them moral characteristics they do not possess. Guns can be used to do evil, but guns can also be used to do good

    14) In the great State of Texas African American women represent the largest percentage increase of concealed-carry permit seekers since 2000

    15) In the aftermath of homosexual Matthew Shepard’s murder in 1998 Pink Pistol clubs sprang up across America, in which (predominantly very Liberal) gays and lesbians learn to use firearms in self-defense

    16) Ceteris paribus, if your home was broken into by an armed gunmen would you rather possess a legal weapon that you were properly trained to use in self-defense or be left defenseless and helpless against a raving lunatic like Adam Lanza brandishing a semi-automatic Bushmaster AR15, a Glock 9 mm and a Sig Sauer 10 mm?

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/12/the-case-for-more-guns-and-more-gun-control/309161/?single_page=true

  • http://www.facebook.com/DeepNarcosis William J. Green

    “George W. Bush was a serial killer of children too for no better “reasons” than the shooter in the school was.”

    Thank God I never have to worry about you being issued a gun permit. You are a danger to society and yourself. But again, I forgive you. You are a few straws short of breaking the sane camel’s back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DeepNarcosis William J. Green

    Recall Progressives’ reactions to Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s suggestion that ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS self-deport. Their reactions ranged from bizarre and ludicrous to angry and rabid. Why?

    Now ask yourself. Given the estimates that there are ~12,000,000 ILLEGAL Immigrants (the operative word being “ILLEGAL”) in the U.S. did it seem practical, probable and cost-effective for one or more governments to hunt down, arrest, prosecute and deport 12,000,000 people? Do you think all federal, state and local governments working together could have located and deported all 12,000,000?

    Now think about the fact that there are about 270,000,000 guns in the hands of about 150,000,000 separate Americans out of a total population of nearly 315,000,000. That there are ~89 guns for every 100 people, and that among Americans who own a gun 62% admit to owing two or more. If it would be virtually impossible to hunt down, arrest, prosecute and deport 12,000,000 ILLEGAL Americans at anything like a reasonable cost, how impossible and costly would it be to hunt down and legally confiscate 270,000,000 guns from 150,000,000 people while the 2nd amendment is in force and has been repeatedly upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States?

    IF Marxist-Progressives were correct about the near impossibility of apprehending, prosecuting and deporting a mere 12,000,000 ILLEGAL immigrants, rational America can be virtually certain it would be impossible to track down and legally confiscate 270,000,000 guns in the possession of 150,000,000 Americans, the vast majority of whom are law-abiding.

    12,000,000 ILLEGAL Immigrants vs 270,000,000 Legally owned guns distributed among 150,000,000 law-abiding Americans?

    It AIN’T Gonna Happen!

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  • Larry Hunt

    This level of hatred on a site associated with Christ is shameful and disgusting. His bigotry and the broad generalizations he made are awful.

    If you take Christ’s sermon on the mount seriously, the hatred in this man’s heart just made him a mass murderer.

  • http://twitter.com/BrentDedeaux Tim B. Dedeaux

    No offense, but military strikes have killed far more children this year than “NRA Role Models.” Until you address our self-righteous slaughter of everybody who isn’t an American, this is just another knee-jerk rant. President Obama’s drone strikes have over 160 children and over 1500 civilians. Are they worthy of your outrage, or is he all good because he’ll stand up to the NRA?

    • http://snommelp.tumblr.com/ Snommelp

      That is a fair point – I was waiting for a mention of the drone strikes, and saw nothing.

    • Jayne

      He did mention Obama’s drone policy- to be fair, he didn’t say it quite so clearly and only spent about a sentence on it, but he did say that we aim missiles at innocent civilians and their families as part of our anti-terrorism foreign defense policy.

    • americanwoman343

      he mentioned that before he got to George Bush.

  • kevin

    Frank, you are welcome to leave our wonderful country any time you like. I am sure there are many countries around the world who would love to hear you spew your anti-american rhetoric on a daily basis.

  • Bobby B

    I posted this same comment on Tony Jones’ site after a commenter suggested all conservatives and right-wingers are similar to the Westboro Baptist folks:

    It’s fascinating to me how quickly “Them” comes up. Them. Those people. If “they” weren’t around, things would be better. Not a person or persons, but a faceless crowd.

    Them = A boogeyman used in moments of emotion to focus rage.

    This article may be a rant, but the author is just as guilty as “those people” he decries who go on and on about those mysterious Godless liberals.

    • Drew

      Agreed, it’s the height of hypocrisy. Hateful anger turns into OT prophetic anger pretty quickly, not because the style and delivery has changed, but because the content is agreed with.

  • james

    Proving again that it’s ok to hate if you hate the “correct” things. Why was this posted?

  • Frank

    It’s official. RLC has jumped the shark!

    Sadly any truth that might be found in this article is lost due to the messenger. It’s boggles the mind why anyone give this guy a public voice. He is an embarrassment.

  • RoamingCatholic

    “But there are things I loathe and despise and ridicule.”
    As do I. I despise guns. And I absolutely repudiate all violence. And I strongly disagree with people who talk as if anything is permissible as long as you don’t judge. But hatred directed against people crosses a line, because it allows the same horrible violence to perpetuate itself.
    Lord, have mercy.

  • akiva

    And I hate people who off handly dismiss the fact that the palestinians are also targeting innocent civilians and think it is ok because the Palestinians do not have weapons that are as accurate as the ones Israel has.

    If your going to hate something such as The US for protecting Israel Then Also hate the other side as well who protect the Palestenians who doing the same thing you claim that the US and Israel are doing.

    Because as far as I am concern the Palestinians are like people driving by in a car shooting into my house on a regular basis. They may have not killed anyone yet but I am not going to wait for that to happen before I respond and protect my kin and myself. If I happen to have a better weapon to protect myself then that is their problem not mine.

    I do not own a gun nor do I want to own a gun but I would not hesitate to buy one if someone is shooting in to my house everyday. Because at that point there is a need to protect just like the Israelis have a need to protect themselves.

  • billy

    we are AMERICANS. we are supposed to kill each other. also we are pro abortion. we kill unborn babies overseas religiously. of course they are brown, yellow and/or black, so who gives a crap. billy

  • James

    Sure, this is a real “Red Letter Christian” post!! It is one of the most hateful, spiteful, bitter things I have read in a long time! How is reading this garbage any better than watching South Park? No excuses Mr. Schaeffer – rant or otherwise. An no excuses to Mr Campolo who allowed this article to be posted under the banner of “Red Letter Christians”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=633763852 Stephanie McCown

    No doubt, this article will offend some. As far as Obama’s drone strikes, I believe that was referenced in the paragraphs prior to discussing Bush’s choice to lead our country into Iraq under false pretenses. In any case, until we can acknowledge and accept that our nation is no longer the brightest and best, we can’t move forward in a positive direction that will truly deal with the problems that got us to where we are in the first place. We have made a mantra out of, “Our forefathers intended…,” some how claiming clairvoyance when it comes to determining how our founders would respond to the crises plaguing our nation today. Refusing to acknowledge that our current way of operating has not only lead to the violence we have come to accept as normal, but has also been the downfall of virtually all systems in our country, will only lead to further demise and the ultimate undoing of our once great nation.

    If you like, check out the movie “Zeitgeist: Moving Forward.” It was made before the gun control debate took center stage, but it goes into the multiple ways in which our country is lagging behind in the global scheme of things. Rather than feeling offended and angry by the mention of the facts, we should be asking ourselves what we can do to fix it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rossanna1 Rossanna Mercedes

    If this were a monologue in a play, you’d get a standing ovation at the end of it… If this were a sermon at the pulpit you’d get no Amens or Hallelujuahs after any of your points… INTERESTING.

  • YouKnowMe

    Thank you for saying what needed to be shouted. I am sick of our blood-drenched “entertainments” and sick to death of hearing people defend a pile of shit like “Dexter” by saying, “oh, but it’s so good, the scripts are so good, the characters are so well-written, the special effects are so special, the production design is so good”–in otherwords, it flatters your idea of yourself as a worldly person who can safely savor these high-class elite amusements (along with your guts-splattered Stephen King and Dean Koontz) with no ill effects on your soul.

    They say one reason the Nazis were so successful is that they had great design–red, black, white, bold colors and designs. Great marketing.

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