Godlessness, not guns, is the real problem in American society

Godlessness, not guns, is the real problem in American society by Fr. Michael P. Orsi for Life Site News

As John Adams said, ‘Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.’

We were all shocked by the recent mass murder of children at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. It was a ghastly replay of nightmares that unfolded at Sandy Hook, Columbine, and other facilities where young people were supposed to be safe but which suddenly became death traps.

These slaughters always raise the same questions: Why do such tragedies occur? Were there no warning signs which someone might have spotted? How did security procedures fail so miserably?

And they bring forth the same proposed solutions: Provide better mental health services so troubled individuals can receive help. Keep those individuals from getting their hands on guns. Ban guns altogether.

Then, following the principle of never-let-a-crisis-go-to-waste, they bring forth legislation to increase funding of favorite government programs, and expand bureaucratic regulation of our lives.

The questions may or may not be relevant to the problem. The proposed solutions may or may not do any good. But they never quite get to the heart of the matter: evil.

Everyone knows that evil is the essence of our dilemma. But many people are reluctant to address it in such simple terms. In fact, they do everything they can to avoid it.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once observed that the devil knows he is “never so strong as when men believe that he does not exist.”

It’s the same with the concept of evil. The word tends to make folks uncomfortable. It seems somehow too moralistic, too biblical, too churchy. It doesn’t suit our modern inclination toward conflict resolution and seeking therapeutic solutions to the stresses of life.

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