Following the mass murder in Aurora, Colorado, New York City Mayor Micheal Bloomberg was quick to seize the moment. On the July 20th “John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike,” Mayor Bloomberg had harsh words of criticism for President Obama and Mitt Romney:
"You know, soothing words are nice, but maybe it's time that the two people who want to be President of the United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country."
He went on to say later in the program:
I don't know about that. You know, I'm not a physiatrist or a psychologist. I can tell you I don't think there's any other developed country in the world that has remotely the problem we have. There's no other place that allows- we have more guns than people in this country. Every place else, if there are murders they're generally not done with guns -- not generally, a lot more are not done with guns. And everybody's got problems with crime, and you know, that's the real world. God didn't make everybody perfect.
But this is just -- you know, and we can talk about it on the talk shows, we can wring our hands and say it's terrible. You know, 'I need more guns to protect myself.' And that strategy doesn't work. That's like saying incarcerate more people and you'll reduce crime rate. In New York City, we've reduced the incarceration -- the number of people incarcerated by over a third and crime keeps coming down. Because when you send somebody to jail -- particularly a kid -- all they do is learn how to be a worse criminal. So that's just not a good solution. You may be able to say, 'I'll put her in jail and throw away the key.' That sounds good, but it doesn't solve the problem.
I have an idea... let’s reward folks for breaking laws! The more violent the crime, the bigger the reward. There’s the ticket!
Well, that’s what some of these guys sound like. Incarceration “doesn’t solve the problem.” So I guess some s’mores and a few verses of “Kumbaya” around the camp fire will do the trick. I don’t have anything against s’mores or “Kumbaya” or camp fires (except in open burn ban areas), but I do know that as long as someone is incarcerated for a violent crime, they cannot continue their violence. Mystery writer Agatha Christie often expressed that sentiment in her stories. The use of a death penalty as a deterrent has been heavily debated for years now, but one fact remains: a killer convicted by due process and allowed to complete the appeals process who receives the death penalty will never murder anyone again. Problem solved.
What is needed is the return to Christian values across America. Anyone who accepts God’s extended grace of salvation and puts into practice the teachings of Jesus – I emphasize, puts into practice – will not go on a bloody rampage no matter how many guns he or she might own.
Those putting into practice Jesus’ teachings will not likely create the blood and gore and rampant immorality that reigns supreme throughout our Big Entertainment culture today. Mayor Bloomberg wants to wax eloquent on his crusade to vacate our Constitution by targeting guns, but why not address the potential relationships between graphically violent entertainment content and those who act it out in public? If nothing else, recommend specific movies, books, and television programs that address issues of violence with plots that do not resort to violence.
Well, I guess that would offend too many of his Big Entertainment buddies. Can we spell hyp-o-crit?
No doubt quite a few folks would balk about my suggestion to return to Christian values. In fact, as we well know, those who make such suggestions receive numerous threats. Violent.
But here is a thought: religious ideology does not lead to the invention or construction of a firearm. Science has. Math has contributed as well. Explosives and ballistics come from disciplines such as chemistry, physics, trigonometry, and calculus. Hmm... Sounds like these might be dangerous topics that cause otherwise innocent boys and girls to be led astray.
Could it be that Mayor Bloomberg should be calling for more restrictive science and math controls?
Remember, the TEA pot is simmerin’.