18 April 2007

...and you had to know this was coming

UPDATE: My Pet Jawa echoes what I have at the bottom of this post. This was not the "largest mass murder in US history." read it here.

UPDATE II: Right on cue, none other than Keith "Audience? Who needs an audience?" Olbermann has jumped on the "It was Bush's fault" circus train.

That's right, folks. From his seat in the Oval Office, while in a secret meeting with Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, President Bush hatched his most masterful scheme of all--to infect a student with a virus that would cause him to go on a wild shooting spree. So, just in case you were wondering about what caused the tragedy at Va. Tech, I can sum it up in four words.....IT WAS BUSH'S FAULT!!! It had to be. That's what they're saying at the Huffington Post. Here and here. And if you can't trust HuffPo, who can you trust? (Of course that was supposed to sound sarcstic, why do you ask?) (h/t: Right Wing News)

OK, here's the deal. This was one of the most horrendous tragedies to take place in our country. The deaths of these 30+ students, who appeared to have their whole life ahead of them, should never be forgotten. But you have to remember this as well: that no matter how many gun laws we have, they don't mean a thing to some people. There are all kinds of laws that deal with all kinds of crimes, yet people still commit them. Once someone has made up their mind to commit a crime no amount of laws is going to stop them. It's just who we are as humans.

In Genesis 8:21, it says that, "...the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth..." What does that mean? It means that as soon as we are born, our focus is on ourselves. And all through our lives, we struggle with that self-centered focus. Some overcome, some don't. It's as simple and as sad as that. The only was to truly overcome the desire of the flesh to rule our lives is not by TAKING control, but by GIVING it away. The only was to do that is through the cross of Jesus Christ. Once we give up control of our lives, and let the Holy Spirit do the leading, we have peace with GOD, and we turn our back on the desire to fulfill the lusts of our own flesh. And when we do that, it's like the lyrics of the old hymn,

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
More gun laws wouldn't have stopped Cho Seung-Hui. Tougher gun laws wouldn't have stopped him. His heart was full of evil thoughts, and no amount of legislation was going to stop him.

And when you stop to think about it, this may have been the worst mass shooting in our history, but it wasn't the largest mass killing. Not even close. Don't forget, Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people with diesel fuel and fertilizer. And 19 Arab terrorists killed 3000 people with jetliners. If someone wants to kill badly enough, they'll find a way.

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