Originally created 04/29/00

Blames removal of God for violence



I read daily about violence and disruption in the classroom, along with the government's futile attempt to blame it on lack of gun control. We are lacking as a society, but not in gun control.

Society lacks respect for authority, i.e. teachers, police officers and parents. Parents lack the ability to properly discipline their children for wrongdoing. A time out to a child is equal to a slap on the wrist by our judicial system to a criminal. It does not deter the child or the criminal.

Americans have had guns throughout history, but at no other time has the threat of gun violence been as prevalent as today. So why has gun control become such a popular ploy? It is simple. We want to be able to point the finger of blame away from the ultimate reason and place it on something or someone else.

Gun control is not the answer. The answer is putting God back in the the school systems and allowing parents the ability to teach respect and discipline within the home. We as parents need to slow our lives down and get involved in the activities of our children.

Why not try teaching respect and discipline at home instead of pushing it off on the school teachers or sports coaches. And we as voters need to pay more attention to the politicians we elect to represent our community. Christians are sitting idly back and letting God be removed from society a little more everyday.

Just recently I read in The Chronicle that the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Ohio's state motto, "With God, all things are possible." What's next? the removal of "In God We Trust" from the U.S. coins and currency? The removal of God is the problem, but the removal of guns is not the answer.

B. Rutland, North Augusta