Responding to Violence

For the past few weeks we have been asked many times about our response to the school shooting in Florida, specifically, what kind of gun control do we have to have to stop this type of violence?  Our first response is a simple heartfelt prayer: “Heavenly Father, please send, through your Holy Spirit, a sense of peace to the families and victims of this violence.  Only you can salve the hurting ache in the hearts of those who have been hurt.  We pray through this chaos and hurt, people will seek your face and peace, Amen.”  We cannot speak to the violence and hate in people’s hearts, but we do believe that these acts of hate will continue and get worse, and the only thing we can do is decide how to respond to them.  For clarity, it is NOT about the tool that a person decides to use for violence.  Take away the guns, and it will be a knife; next will be a rock, and then a stick, and after that perhaps one’s own bare hands. Look to the Bible and the story of Cain and Abel.  Violence is not something that just started this century.  The violence in someone’s heart can only be taken away by love, compassion, and forgiveness.  Our problem is we have taken God out of our education system and everyday lives.  Everyday our lives are bombarded with people telling us we need to tolerate the secular society, all while our Christian and religious values are ridiculed as if we were the problem and not the answer.  I could go on about our social ills, but we already know our society has moral cancer. So, treat that cancer with a fresh look at Christlike behavior.  Treat other symptoms with policy that makes sense.  School security, individual security, and response training for everyone.  Tools to combat the acts of violence:  security doors, pepper spray, tasers, non-lethal weapons, and lethal weapons as a last choice.  But mostly, pray for a supernatural peace that can only come from our Lord and Savior.

Vance Ewing spent 22 years in the US Army and eight years as a NATO Counter-IED and Anti-Terrorism Instructor. Vance currently serves as a NRA Counselor and Trainer. Michael Ryen spent eight years in the US Army Reserves and currently serves as a NRA Trainer and recruiter. They are the owners of The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center located at 22940 Harlan Lane, Saint Robert, Missouri., 573-451-2129

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