Suppose that the 2nd Amendment was repealed, suppose that all guns were confiscated, is there anyone who can guarantee that evil acts of violence would subside as a result? The answer is plainly, "no." On June 20th, in an Associated Press article:
"VIENNA (AP) — A man apparently distraught over personal issues drove his SUV into a crowd in Austria's second largest city Saturday, killing a 4-year old and two adults, officials said. Police in the city of Graz said 34 others were injured, with six victims, including two children, in serious condition...."
One can site literally thousands of examples dating back to the first records of human history, which began with Cain and Abel in the Bible and predates all other written human events:
Cain was the first human born to Adam and Eve, after their eviction from the Garden of Eden and Abel was the first human to die. Cain committed the first murder by killing his brother.
There may be other accounts that differ in both time and place, but the point is that killing has been with humanity since the earliest recorded history.
The solution stares us in the face, but few wish to address it; even the Pope missed an opportunity to focus on the real problem, rather he chose to be politically correct by asserting that gun manufacturers could not claim to be Christian...without the benefit of revealing whether or not they make such a claim. In full disclosure, I am not a member of the NRA, nor do I own any gun manufacturer's stock, but do own firearms.
Although I respectfully disagree with Pope Francis, I decline to join in Pope-bashing. Suffice it to note that in my opinion, he steps out of his role as spiritual leader of the Catholic Church into that of a political leader when he failed to address the underlying causes of gun violence. He rather chooses to focus negative attention on gun manufacturers. Thus he misses an excellent opportunity to engage in spiritual warfare against evil, and is deceived into engaging in warfare against the inanimate. In this instance evil scores. Evil 1, Pope 0.
In a recent interview on Fox News Channel one of the guests, a psychologist with twenty years experience, expressed the opinion that in the psychology business there are pervasive attempts to put a name on every human function and dysfunction. She went on to argue that doing so ignores the spiritual element of the human condition. I agree, in fact her argument is a refreshing change coming from someone other than a priest or pastor.
The media and entertainment in particular have embraced the notion, right out of communism, that people's evil predilections are not borne in a spiritual dimension but of mental illness; that there is no such thing as a spiritual dimension of humanity. American academia, the media, entertainment and even some churches have bought into that false narrative.
However, latter day psychiatry increasingly recognizes the spiritual element in patient treatment. In his article Taking a spiritual history by Larry Culliford in Advances in Psychiatric Treatment (2007), vol. 13, 212–219: Culliford states in the abstract of his definitive article:
"The rationale for assessing the spiritual needs of psychiatric patients is examined as a prelude to addressing the question of how to do this. A number of approaches are considered. The emphasis is on varieties of practical history-taking suitable for the repertoire of every psychiatrist in training and those engaged in Continued Professional Development. Finally, some of the consequences of identifying spiritual needs in psychiatric patients are discussed."
But what is not well addressed in his article are the spiritual forces of good and evil and their respective effects on humans. Good is positive, uplifting, and satisfying, while evil is negative, depressing, and leaves one devoid of lasting joy. Evil often masquerades as good (a wolf in sheep's clothing) but is ultimately bent on destruction of its human prey. My own belief system is that of a Biblically-based Christian and so, one acknowledges good and evil are in a constant state of conflict; that humanity's struggle is well described as follows:
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
If well-meaning people who are at political odds would acknowledge the spiritual realm of good and evil, of God and Satan, then, seemingly inexplicable events take on complete clarity. I am not a holy roller by any stretch, but I know of the power of evil and of good; of Satan and of God. Satan is evil and God is good.
As simple as it is, the solution to gun violence problems that the Nation faces is to turn away from evil and embrace good. If political leaders would be intellectually honest they would be compelled to acknowledge that the Nation "must be born again," it must have a "renewal of the mind." To the extent that America remains on its present societal course; that is, its political leaders think only in terms of larger government and more programs as the solution to gun violence, the downward spiral of the United States of America will never, repeat, never improve.
The solution the America's gun violence problem is to turn away from evil, to repent, to seek forgiveness and to forgive, and to be in charity with ones neighbor...not because any law would require it, but because it flows from changed hearts. Now, that's "Fundamental Change" that one can live with.