If you’re a shooter and probably even if you’re not, you’ve likely seen the lines of folks lined up outside sporting goods stores across the country. In many cases it’s crowds filled with folks frustrated about the lack of ammo supply after an intense national debate. There’s a chance that scarcity could hurt the shooting community over the long haul.
With good reason, Americans are buying ammo like never before – so what’s in their ammo cans at home?
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, many people asked the question, “Where is God?” Certainly, they meant it as a rhetorical. But there is an answer, though the questioners might not like to hear it.
Indeed, where is God? We’ve taken Him out of the classrooms. We’ve taken Him out of the locker rooms. We’ve taken Him out of the city square. We’ve chiseled Him from our courthouses. We’ve pushed Him off the airwaves, out of movies, and out of songs. Anyone who professes their Christian or Jewish faith openly is derided, mocked, and ridiculed as a zealot, a “religious nut”, or a radical. (Though practitioners of other faiths are welcomed with the broad smiles and open arms of people claiming “tolerance.”) People refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance because it declares us “one nation under God”. People want “In God We Trust” taken off our currency. Crosses have been torn down from public lands under court order, and “Christmas” has been replaced with “Holiday”, “Winter”, and “Solstice”.
So where is God, exactly? He is certainly not in out hearts and lives like He once was. Did He leave us, or did we leave Him first?
In the wake of unthinkable tragedies carried out by wicked people, it is easier to look for a scapegoat than to look in the mirror. As a result, guns have become the target of many, when in reality it is the creeping blackness upon our own hearts that is responsible.
The culture of death in this country is pervasive. One only look at how we treat the most vulnerable — the unborn in the womb and the infirm — to realize how true this is. People call for easy and legal abortions, abortions on demand, and “free” abortions paid for by every taxpayer through ObamaCare. Others have made it seem like life isn’t worth fighting for, and use manmade qualifiers such as “quality of life” to explain how turning off life support and pumping someone full of morphine to make them “comfortable as they pass” is the “humane thing to do”. No, it is the human thing to do, not the Divine thing. Life is sacred. Life is sacrosanct. Life is God’s gift. And look how we treat it. Look how we treat Him.
As we remove God’s light from our lives and our nation, the only thing to replace it is the darkness of evil and wickedness. And as we permit that darkness to cloud our hearts, as we lose that light within our lives, so too do we lose our God-given rights and liberties. The only solution is to return God to His proper place in our lives, in our classrooms, and in our nation. Only then we will never again have to ask the question, “Where is God?”
We recently noticed this news item where a couple of little girls in Georgia were forced by the chief of police to shut down their lemonade stand because they didn’t have the necessary permits. Three permits totaling $150 for one day of operation, to be exact.
This sort of nanny-state Gestapoism is not just ridiculous. It is an affront to liberty which should outrage us all.
But it does serve to provide us with not just fodder to write about, but it also a reason to revisit an older post from one of our contributors, revise it, and update it:
- If life gives you lemons, a socialist would say: “You have lemons? Well, a strong Government hand is needed to distribute the lemons more equitably. The Government needs to ensure that other people have lemons, too. Now, you may have to give up some of your lemons so that other people can have some, but it’s not fair that you have all these lemons and other people might not have any.”
- If life gives you lemons, a communist would say: “Those lemons are the property of the State. If you did not get your lemons from the state — and since you have a whole bagful and are not a member of the ruling elite I know you did not — then you must surrender your lemons to the State, then stand in line so that you may receive a sliver of dried out rotten lemon six months from now.”
- If life gives you lemons, a communitarian would say: “It’s great that you have lemons. And you should be able to do anything you want to with those lemons. But we’re going to tell you how you can use them and how you can’t use them. We’re also going to regulate the usage of them to make sure that they’re all used for the common good. And if you make too much money on them, we’ll tax you. For the common good.”
- If life gives you lemons, every politician will say: “Tell you what I’m going to do for you. I’m going to take half of your lemons and in return I’m going to give you half a packet of sugar so that you can make a sip of lemonade with it.”
- If life gives you lemons, a Democrat would say: “That’s too bad that you have lemons but no sugar or water or cups. I’m going to end tax breaks for big oil and corporate jet owners and then I’ll pass a law that gives you money for sugar and water and cups. I won’t check in to make sure you use it for those things. I trust you. Vote for me!”
- If life gives you lemons, a Republican would say: “That’s great that you have lemons! Do you have any sugar and water and cups? No? Well I’ll pass a law to give you a tax break so that you can use the extra money to buy sugar and water and cups. I won’t check in to make sure you use it for those things. I trust you. Vote for me!”
- If life gives you lemons, a Libertarian would say: “That’s great that you have lemons. I don’t care what you do with them so long as you don’t squeeze lemon juice in my eye. No sugar, no water, no cups? Not my problem.”
- If life gives you lemons, a welfare recipient would say, “Why did you get lemons and I didn’t?! That’s not fair! I’m gonna vote for someone who is gonna make sure that I get my fair share of lemons for free!”
- If life gives you lemons, a capitalist would say, “You have lemons? You should start a lemonade business! You don’t have sugar or water or cups? For a 25% stake in your company, I’ll invest.”
And finally: If life gives you lemons and you choose to set up a lemonade stand in Midway, Georgia, the chief of police will say: “Where are your permits, little girl?”