Clark Aposhian, president of the Utah Shooting Sport Council, was reported as saying, “We are providing a class for educators within the state of Utah, pre-school through secondary schools, to learn about concealed carry and proper gun handling and gun laws. We would like to educate our teachers and provide them with the necessary tools and information needed to help protect their students in an event such as a tragedy in the classroom or within their school.”
Among the dangers commented on were the possibility of “teachers being overpowered for their weapons or students getting them and accidentally or purposely shooting classmates. But gun-rights advocates say teachers can act more quickly than law enforcement in the critical first few minutes to protect children from the kind of deadly shooting that took place in Connecticut,” according to The Telegraph newspaper.
An online CNN report quoted Dennis Van Roekel and Randi Weingarten, presidents of the two largest U.S. teachers’ unions, as saying in a joint statement, “Guns have no place in our schools. Period. We must do everything we can to reduce the possibility of any gunfire in schools, and concentrate on ways to keep all guns off school property and ensure the safety of children and school employees.”
Aposhian was then quoted by CNN as stating, “It’s a matter of giving teachers, school administrators, janitors and others the same rights, when licensed, to carry a concealed weapon in their place of work as others have. What we’re talking about is not arming teachers, we’re simply not taking away that ability of lawful self-defense within a school.”
Meanwhile in Arizona the attorney general is said to be proposing a change in state law to allow an educator in each school to carry a gun, while in Ohio, the Buckeye Firearms Association is said to be launching a test program in tactical firearms training for 24 teachers, according to www.nydailynews.com.
Wherever you stand on the issue of gun control, the reality of life in these United States is that Americans have reached a new normal for children attending public schools. Most people rightly feel something needs to be done to make children safer, but no solution seems to be a perfect or permanent solution to this problem.
According to the Bible, the problem of people killing people will not be solved by merely removing guns from the hands of bad people intent on murder. Crime is considered a social problem, not simply a hardware problem.
If this is true, wouldn’t that mean the real solution involves changing the attitudes and disposition of people? This is exactly what God’s Word foretold at Isaiah 54:13. It says, “All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace.” — New International Version.
By being educated in the ways of peace, we position ourselves among the meek to inherit the earth, promised by Jesus Christ at Matthew 5:5. Although it is true, we live in a world where people fight fire with fire — or rather gunfire with gunfire — the words of our Lord to his disciple Peter at Matthew 26:52, still has value today. Jesus said, “For all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” — King James Version.
I know I certainly would not want anyone telling me how to protect my family if their lives were on the line. That is between me and my God. At the same time, I have to ask myself if I am prepared to take a life? That too is between me and my God. As Romans 14:10 says, “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.” — New World Translation.
Since each of us must answer for our own actions, including how we exercise the right to bear arms as the law allows, isn’t it better to leave any judging on matters of self-defense or defending one’s family to Almighty God?
Ultimately, our Creator will take a holistic approach to crime and violence. As Isaiah 2:4 says, “God will judge between the nations, and settle disputes of mighty nations. Then they will beat their swords into iron plows and their spears into pruning tools. Nation will not take up sword against nation; they will no longer learn how to make war.” — Common English Bible.
Soon, all violence and lethal weapons will be a thing of the past. In reference to God, Psalm 46:9 says, “He puts an end to wars all over the earth. He breaks an archer’s bow. He cuts spears in two. He burns chariots.” — GOD’S WORD Translation.
Imagine a world without violence and weapons of war! While some people may view these prophecies as farfetched, millions of Christians worldwide have taken God’s Word to heart and chosen to embrace implements of peace that reflects their desire to please God and to live peacefully with others right now. Of course, that will not change the violent society we currently live in. Only God can change that.
Still, we can choose what type of person we want to be in imitation of Jesus — one who carries a piece or one who carries peace?