Congress and the president can implement all sorts of new regulations for weapons, but no government can fully protect us from evil. As a Portland, Oregon policeman, my grandpa knew there was no law that could make an evil person good. As we think about gun control, that’s an important consideration.
Grandpa dealt with plenty of inner city crime. After being struck down by a car, instead of going on disability, Grandpa went back to school. He studied forensics, crime analysis, and took intensive courses on sociopathic behavior. Before long he became the chief detective and handled Oregon murder investigations. His job was to find the bad guys and get enough evidence to jail them for good.
As a pioneer in fingerprint analysis, he was asked by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to do some “behind the scenes” work in post-war Germany. That was when my grandpa really began to see how evil worked. He was fairly tight-lipped over what he had learned about Hitler, Stalin and the communist thugs who carried out much of the gruesome torture and murder. After his time in Germany, Grandpa never put too much trust in the government and he staunchly believed in citizen’s rights.
But what would he say about citizens who become mass murderers? When I had to research serial killers for a college paper, I asked Grandpa how the police could better protect innocent people. He felt it was impossible to guarantee safety. He’d been on the scene of enough murders to feel as though he’d met evil and it had a face, but inside was a deadly cold heart.
Grandpa was always prepared to face evil—and he felt citizens should be as well. In today’s world, evil hasn’t changed. So if being prepared means guns for you, then arm yourself. Grandpa always did, and he was an excellent marksman. In a nation that was founded on liberty and the right to bear arms, let’s not allow fear to take away our freedoms. As Christians, we know how evil ends, but until we reach that chapter, let’s do all we can to be equipped to serve God—inside our homes and most of all, inside our hearts.