In the wake of the shocking live-television murders in Virginia, Democrats rushed to their platforms to scream about gun control. From Hillary Clinton to Terry McAuliffe, the left has once again politicized a tragedy, trying desperately to wring blood from a dry stone.
Bill O’Reilly, though, believes that something else is at the heart of these ugly shootings.
“There is no way any country can stop disturbed individuals from killing people,” O’Reilly said on his Fox News program Thursday. “And because of America’s history, there is no way total control of firearms will ever happen here.”
That, he said, was not the problem anyway. “The killers in Colorado, Charleston, Connecticut, and now Virginia, all young men who had few restraints in their lives. If you do not believe in anything, anything goes.”
Finishing up a powerful Talking Points segment, O’Reilly said there was only one path to an America with fewer gun tragedies. “Only a society that insists all human life is valuable and a mass media that promotes the message of that will begin to see a turn away from the violence,” he said. “It’s all about the philosophy of loving your neighbor, not the myth that centralized government can prevent barbaric behavior. It cannot.”
Restoring America’s Heart
O’Reilly’s comments are a refreshing break from the usual gun control arguments. It’s not about this law or that law. It’s not about racism. It’s not even really about mental illness, though we could probably improve in all of the above areas.
What it’s really about is the spiritual decline of the United States. Not necessarily the turn away from Christianity – though that’s part of it – but the turn towards secular pleasure. We’ve decided as a society that we have it all figured out. There’s no God. There’s no life after death. We’re all just sacks of meat, in no way superior to dolphins, armadillos, or even ants. And when you devalue life to the point where many Americans see these Planned Parenthood videos and shrug them away, you are inviting disaster.
The way back, unfortunately, is not clear. Until the men and women who control the vast majority of the content we read, see, and hear decide to inject some basic morality back into their offerings, things are unlikely to change. As long as we make heroes out of villains and vice versa, we will fuel the outraged, the disaffected, and the lost with violent rage.
And with guns or without them, many more innocent lives will fall victim to that rage.