I was surprised by MDJ columnist Dick Yarbrough’s criticism of the effort at the Georgia Assembly to eliminate some of the most critical vulnerabilities that we face as a country and society in a world that is far from perfect. Though I agree that in an ideal world, the House of The Lord should not be a place where anybody should expect to encounter evil, turning churches and schools into “gun-free” zones makes them the perfect soft target for evil (or deranged) individuals. For them, what is important is to inflict pain and suffering to as many fellow human beings as possible.
I do not believe that these evil or deranged individuals are interested in the legality of their acts. Murdering a human being is illegal in all states in our union. Would any rational person believe that someone planning to commit mass-murder on an entire congregation would be stopped by the knowledge that it is illegal to bring a firearm to church or school?
The only person concerned with abiding the law would be the fellow churchgoer sitting next to me, who is capable of defending my wife, my children, and me when that deranged individual walks to the front of the church and starts shooting random parishioners. I certainly have no qualms if that fellow parishioner sits next to my family and me at church!
Do we need to wait until we have a massacre in Georgia before we think that the issue should have priority at the Legislature?
Luis E. Estrada