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Affluent Christian Investor | November 19, 2018

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Catastrophic Government Failure in Florida Shooting Used to Give Government More Power

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To echo something President Reagan said — government is not the answer to the problem, government is the problem.

Contemporary leftists have a habit of mind that turns first to government to solve every issue.  To them, if there is problem, then government must do something.

But consider what government did in the recent Florida school shooting: local government visited the home of the shooter 39 times and did nothing to curb his deadly potential.  Government failure.  Local government then tipped off the FBI to the danger he posed.  The FBI did nothing — another government failure.

Once the shooting began, local police had an officer on site and rather than move toward the threat to neutralize it, as he was trained to do, he did nothing for the first 4 minutes of the 6-minute killing rampage.  No one knows how many lives would have been saved if that government worker had done his work properly, but he did not — yet another government failure.

The killer was tagged frequently as a danger.  Broward County officials negatively assessed his mental health many times.  But negative assessment not followed up effectively is wasted time and effort—yet another government failure.

The failure here is not with the Second Amendment, but with government itself.  Changing the Constitution and abridging our rights to self-defense will not fix what’s wrong.  For politicians to act as if it will and t propose political action of this sort is another government failure, this time legislative.  They are wrong because they think that legislating against inanimate objects will not solve the problem.  It cannot.  Such politicians do not understand then world in which they live.  They do not understand that the human heart is at the heart of the human problem.  Fixing human nature is beyond the reach and the competence of government.  To try lamely to fix what cannot be fixed is a futile and hopeless gesture.  To walk that path is another failure of government.

To make this a better world, you must learn to look somewhere other than government.

Governments are good at one thing — dealing death.  Do not take my word for it — do your own research.  Start by reading RJ Rummel’s Death by Government and his equally alarming Power Kills.

Dr. Michael Bauman is Professor of Theology and Culture and is Director of Christian Studies at Hillsdale College, where he has been since 1988. He also is Scholar in Residence for the Summit Semester program of Summit Ministries. He is a former inner city pastor in Chicago, an honorably discharged Marine, and a former cycling world champion.

 

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