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In the wake of this scourge of school shootings, with innocent children dying at the hands of other students, one has to ask, "Does the Second Amendment need to be revoked? Do we need to ban guns in America? Is there any other way to keep our children safe?"

John Adams once wrote, "Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Have we as a nation reached the point where the immoral and nonreligious now constitute an insurmountable problem with regards to guns?

Obviously, we need to protect the children of this country better! The press is bemoaning the fact that this kind of thing didn't happen back in the '50s. Well, in the '50s, the vast majority of Americans attended church and obeyed the Ten Commandments as best they could. But in the '60s those who oppose Christianity banned the Bible and prayer from schools. That was only the beginning of restrictions on religious instruction and freedom. We now have a generation of children who, for the most part, do not even know who Jesus is and have never heard of God's laws. Without moral guidelines and restrictions, things are only going to go downhill from here. So will the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights continue to work for us? No. Not unless we make sweeping societal changes.

What has happened in other countries where guns have been banned? The government grows increasingly intrusive. Freedoms are lost. Eventually, a tyrant arises and the nation loses democracy entirely. It is well documented in history that those who lay down their guns are enslaved or massacred. Look at Russia - China - Venezuela - Cuba! Even Great Britain has increasingly revoked freedoms that we in the USA take for granted and is headed for tyranny. The mayor of London, commenting on suicide bombers -- who used trucks, not guns -- said, "People need to get used to the new normal." It's terrifying to think that we are heading into an age of anarchy, where barbarians massacre the innocent!

If we want things to go back to the way they were in the '50s, when schools were safe, then we need to return to the rule of the God of the Holy Bible, who washes our hearts clean and gives us each a fresh start when we turn our hearts to him. Then and only then will we see "justice roll like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream." It is not too late to return to God, from whom all true freedom flows.

Sheri Schofield


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