The liberal media wants us to believe that recent student anti-gun protests were totally organized and orchestrated by teeny-boppers who are concerned with nothing but saving lives. We must not think that politically motivated lobbyists had anything to do with coaching and providing talking points to the young and impressionable geniuses. It matters not that they all sounded alike, resembling well-rehearsed robots.
In the midst of all of this high sounding compassion, the ingenuous have willfully overlooked a statistic that exceeds any negativity attached to guns. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, on average eleven teenagers die every day due to texting while driving; that number surpasses 4000 per year. Another study submitted the daily number of nine which is an annual aggregate of 3,285. Let us suppose the real number is only seven which totals 2,555. Moving beyond the boundaries of the 16-19 year olds, almost one half million are injured or killed every year in auto accidents due to texting and driving. But where is the national outrage over these horrific numbers? Why isn’t the cell phone industry under the same attack as the NRA? When it comes to sheer counts leftist logic would demand the utter elimination of all devices that are responsible for such staggering statistics, but alas, no one is recommending that.
When concern is expressed, the proposed solution is always based on educational campaigns that discourage texting while driving. Can we utilize the same reasoning toward guns, allowing the NRA or similar groups, even local police to offer weapon education in public schools? We all know that will never happen in spite of the fact that in the face of pure statistics smart phones are far more deadly. It is amusing to imagine a county sheriff standing in front of a high school assembly with a cell phone in one hand and an AR-15 in the other asking the students, “Which one, kiddies, is most likely to kill you?” The numbers don’t lie! The lack of common sense in this debate is proof positive that the real agenda is political in nature and has nothing to do with lost lives.
“Our forefathers who penned the second amendment could not have envisioned the advancement in technology used in modern weapons”…how many times have we heard that argument? Well ---back at you! Ben Franklin never imagined a smart phone evolving from the key on his kite string; therefore, they should be banned! But politics has a great deal more to do with personal preference than pure logic and sound reasoning. The situation is well summarized in the last verse of the book of Judges: “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” When America expelled Jesus Christ from the spiritual throne of the nation, a new day dawned emphasizing self-interest above all else. What teenager or millennial would voluntarily surrender their phones in the interest of public safety? Go ahead ----find one if you can.
There are few things I find more irritating than watching a family of four or five sitting in a restaurant, all staring at their phones, full well knowing that 95% of the electronic conversations are useless bulletins. Modern phones have exaggerated the ability to bully the less popular and to provide a vehicle for sexting and other immoral behavior, but we continue to crave every new apparatus attached to them. Research reveals that many teens send and receive hundreds of texts every day. It’s difficult to believe that most of these are productive dialogues.
Solomon, a man of great wisdom, wrote: “In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19). Lengthy conversations often digress into malicious gossip which benefits no one. “The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly” (Proverbs 18:8). Solomon considered that information so vital he repeated the exact same words in Proverbs 26:22.
After the wise king threw a couple of fast balls, he went to an inside curve: “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words” (Ecclesiastes 5:8). The application is simple….young people will realize the potential of dreams through doing rather than texting. A part time job at the local burger joint, grocery store or other places of business render a profit in character building that spring break trips to exotic places will never produce.
Common sense, which is no longer common, would dictate that the offenders of life be eliminated in the order of their numerical transgressions. Automobiles, drunk driving, texting while driving should all suffer at the hands of protestors and legislators before guns are even considered. But none of those things have the capability of protecting us against tyranny. The next time an intruder presents danger to you or your family, point your cell phone at him!