In the aftermath of recent tragic killings, such as those that have taken place in New Mexico, Connecticut and Colorado, our nation has focused on ways to curb gun violence.
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But gun control proposals now circulating in Washington and in many state capitals don't address a more important issue--the constant stream of violence put forth by the entertainment industry. Every year brings a flood of movies, not to mention cable and television programs, that are filled with violence. Whole segments of America's music industry make their profits from song lyrics that glorify gratuitous violence, and there is seemingly an endless number of video games that are nothing more than murder simulators.
The result of this constant inundation is that our culture has been effectively desensitized to murder and mayhem. Blood-lusty Romans gathered in the Coliseum 2,000 years ago to watch people slaughtered by lions for the purpose of entertainment, and our society is no different. We gather around computers, televisions, and movie screens to watch scene after scene of more graphic violence than anything the Romans could have imagined.
Our current administration in Washington has taken aim at guns as the source of violence, as though murderous acts would cease if we just take the guns away.
But the problem--the real crux of the issue--lies not in the instruments of violence used. Hammers or other blunt objects are used to murder more people in the United States each year than semi-automatic and assault rifles. The root of violence is in the evil and depraved heart of man. God's Word clearly tells us, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" (Jer. 17:9, NKJV).
The Bible records the first account of violence when Cain killed his brother Abel. Scripture does not tell us what weapon Cain used for his murderous act. It certainly wasn't a gun. But it could have been a knife, a stick, a rock, or perhaps the very thing that empowers every other weapon of violence--human hands. Jesus said to His disciples, "Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders ...blasphemies" (Matt. 15:19).
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