Tragedy exploited

Over a week after it happened, President Obama visited Roseburg, Oregon where students were asked if they were Christians and if they answered in the affirmative Chris H. Mercer shot them in the head. Soon after it happened the president took to his soapbox about gun control.
That particular speech, about 15 minutes worth, said nothing about Christians being shot, nor did he particularly try to comfort the families of the victims. The town was not very happy about embracing the President when he visited after this and I can understand why. Keep in mind that Umpqua Community College was a gun-free zone. Had it not been, there may have not been any victims or not as many killed that day. I am speculating of course, but if you know there are armed guards in a place, you are not quite as likely to enter with a gun.
Yet, when Muslims are killed our president reaches out to them and condemns those responsible. Every time there is a shooting, unless it fits the political agenda or can agitate a certain group, the facts are distorted or ignored and the focus is on gun control. Had these victims been Muslims, I believe the response from our President would have been much different. He would have been calling it a hate crime and we would have heard words like bigotry and phobia.
America’s problem has nothing to do with guns. It is a heart problem and lack of God problem. It’s not the guns that kill, it’s the people behind the guns. And we can stand up and talk about mental illness as being the problem, but in reality, it is because we have taken God out of everything.
Biblical morality is belittled and people rely on the government more than they rely on God. Revenge and victimization are not the answers in stopping crime. Neither is taking away the constitutional right to own a gun. As long as good people continue to do nothing, evil will prevail.
It will stop prevailing when morals, virtues and values are taught along with repentance.
Take away the guns and criminals will still find a way to get them, and if they can’t find a gun they will use other weapons. It’s a mindset which is perpetuated by our government.
You see without God, men remain angry, broken and filled with hate. Only God can change those hearts.
The right thing for the President to do would have been to hop on a plane immediately to try and comfort families but of course, there was a fundraiser nearby so he decided to swing by Roseburg on his way to the fundraiser.  He could have at least taken to the airways to offer comfort and express sympathy, instead of using the moment to attack the second amendment. I want a President with class, like Reagan. Not one who divides us even further, instead of trying to unite us. A president should be on our side, not against our country as a whole.
If you really study what the President has said, he is out to get guns out of the hands of the people, not just gun control in itself. Do you realize what happens if that ever becomes a reality? The people will be at the mercy of the government. Shame on him for exploiting the tragedy in Oregon for his personal agenda of taking our guns. And if it’s not bad enough about our President, presidential hopefully Hillary Clinton agrees with Obama. She even went so far as to say that the U. S. Supreme Court was wrong to uphold the rights of Americans to own guns and if she is elected she will see that the Supreme Court decision is reversed.
Since the President made it clear he will be upping his efforts to get gun control, including using executive orders, it’s time Christians and those who want to protect our constitution ramp up their efforts to preserve those freedoms. Call your legislators. Write the president, write letters to the editors. Call in to talk shows. Ramp up your prayers for our country. Do something, don’t just sit there while they make plans to take away your rights.
On my personal facebook page, I have declared Fridays as ‘Faith Friday’ and ask that everyone pray around noon for our country. There is unity in prayer and I stand on 2 Chronicles 7:14 which states “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” So I hope that you too will determine to pray for our country, if not every day, then at least on Fridays.
While I am just as horrified as anyone else by senseless, tragic deaths, I do not let my compassion overtake my common sense. Check statistics on gun-free zones and you will see that it doesn’t solve anything. It only takes away the ability of citizens to defend themselves and their families.
The President said we need a change of attitude. Well, I say that goes for him as well but that he is also in need of a change of heart. And I pray that daily.
VICTORIA SIMMONS is an author, columnist, motivational speaker, minister and publisher of The Georgia Post/Byron Buzz. Contact her at:


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Veteran journalist of 40 years. Editor, Motivational Speaker, Ordained Minister, CEO of A Light in the Darkness Ministries, Copy Editor, Copywriting, Event Planner, Lensclusive Photography, Babbling Brook Consulting and Design, event planner and author. I love to write and speak and I love Jesus. I also do copy writing and editing. Recently co-authored Vanished Towns Revisited.
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