Since the mass shootings in Roseburg, Oregon where a lone gunman singled out Christians and killed them, I have given much thought to the plague of mass murder this nation has and is experiencing.

I waited for the predictable calls for an end to gun ownership. I was not disappointed. There are many in government who fear the guns belonging to the people. While the atrocities committed by gunmen are bad, they pail into insignificance when compared to the atrocities committed by governments against an unarmed populace. Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Pol Pot killed millions of unarmed civilians. There are many other similar examples.

Armed populations have probably prevented similar atrocities in free nations. In the USA we have some examples. In 1993 a religious sect known as the Branch Davidians were attacked in their compound near Waco, Texas and destroyed. Seventy four people were killed by the FBI when they attacked these people because of unproven charges of child abuse. Who needs assault weapons? Maybe the Branch Davidians did. I don’t know much about their religion, but you don’t attack a any community with tanks and flame throwers and kill all the innocent children there to save those same children from allegations of child abuse.

Guns are not the problem, evil is the problem.

I remember going to school in 1962. I was in the second grade. One morning the teacher stood up and announced that we would not start school with prayer that day. A group that I knew nothing about; The Supreme Court, had said that we had to stop. I remember thinking of something that my Mother had said; “King Nebakanezer of Babylon had made it against the law to pray to any god but his god. Daniel was tossed into the lion’s den because he broke this law.” My Mother then said that because of our constitution that could never happen here.

Now more that 50 years have passed since that ruling. When you make prayer in school illegal, and attempt to prohibit any religion in school and the public square, you also give the impression that there is something wrong with religion. When you also mandate that evolution, with all its flaws, be taught in public school, you also teach that there is no God. If there is no God, then there is no ultimate accountability. It also follows that there is no good and no evil, only nice and mean.

It is self evident that you cannot trust people with self government if they will not govern themselves. Christianity and Judaism teach that there is a God and that we are all ultimately accountable for our actions. Religion also teaches that we have an internal compass known as a conscience. The conscience helps us to know right from wrong. Everyone attending public school used to receive a basic religious education. They were taught right from wrong. This is no longer the case. Theodor Roosevelt once said; “To educate a person in mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” That is what this nation has been doing for over 50 years.

And now we wonder why we have mass killings in school.

Go figure.