Monday, February 19, 2018

The Gun is Not The Problem

( This article is a response by Bill Patchett to an article in the Star Democrat news paper dated February 18 , 2018. His response below was published on February 19, 2018. Your comments are welcome.)


In response to Louise Mccue’s comment in Sunday’s paper, the gun used to kill the children in Florida was not an automatic weapon as she claims. It is against the law in the United States to own an automatic weapon unless you have a license. The gun used here was a semi-automatic, which fires one bullet every time the trigger is pulled. The liberals would have you to believe it was an automatic.
Let us face some facts here. If a madman wants to kill, he does not need a gun to kill innocent people. He will always find a way. Killers do not need guns to kill people. Tim McVeigh used fertilizer, the 9-11 terrorists used box cutters and airplanes, the Nazis used cyanide gas, Taking guns away from innocent people will not protect innocent people.
The problem is not guns at all. The problem is we are living in a Godless society. Instead of trying to ban guns, try taking your kids to church, tell them who Jesus Christ is, become a family unit again, spend more time with your kids, tell them the difference between right and wrong, and become who you should be, a parent.
This problem is directly related to a combination of mental health, poor parenting or no parenting at all, and the dumbing down of this nation. When our children don’t know what bathroom to use, do not know if they are a boy or a girl, are offended by everything, and see that they are exonerated from their actions because they can blame it on others, that in itself is the problem.
Murder is illegal. Drugs are illegal. Yet they still happen. Calling for stronger gun laws isn’t the answer. It isn’t the gun. Start holding the person responsible, and the system that failed them.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Kicking The Can Down The Road

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We can talk all we want about drugs and other addictions on our kids and how to reduce them across this country but as I see it we are missing the mark on how this should be done and what the root cause is. Kids most often do what they see. This generation has set a terrible example which is most certainly being followed by the next generation because that is the behavior they see in so many homes, in the mostly corrupt media, and in our communities. That is a fact not one reader can dispute.
But let us not stop there. The impact of drugs is not the only issue in our Country. What about all the alcohol, gambling, smoking and other addictions. These are all taking the toll on Americans and will eventually take its toll not only on the individual but extended to their families as well. Much of the crime and health statistics represent the impact of addictions on our society. We hear from our leaders to stay away from addictions and your chances of a healthy and happy life increased dramatically. They also say it also would have a positive impact on those around us, especially the next generation. That is not 100% correct because it goes much deeper than that.
The impact of narcotic drug abuse has caught the attention of many people, including political leaders, the modern church leaders and has resulted in a commitment of resources to save lives. Funding is being dedicated toward a variety of programs and projects to call attention and mitigate the incidence of narcotics abuse. They say this will save lives. Yes it will save lives but it does not get rid of the root problem. The root of all these problems is sin and until this country deals with that issue we will always have these problems. We need to stop kicking the can down the road. It is not only drugs; it is also mass murders, homosexuals parading down the street showing off their sin with the government backing them. It is killing of unborn babies in the mother’s womb and the government paying for it. Our country was not founded on any of these things. Our country and its laws was founded from the scriptures found in the Holy Bible and years ago all these things were condemned. Now we have ordained homosexual preachers in some of our churches which by the way are no longer called churches and now are called campuses with the cross being removed.
Remember the saying a few years back- “A family that prays together stays together”? I agree with that statement but we need to take that step a little farther. Just one or two generations ago in this country we did not see any or these things. Why was this? To start with America recognized God as the Supreme Being that He is. Two generations ago parents went to Church with their kids. There was Bible study in the home and prayer time. The next generation just sent their kids to church and now this generation, for the most part do not know what church is, that is a fact. My dad went out not long ago for the bus ministry and after knocking on the door asked the children there if they knew who Jesus was and their answer was “no who is He?”  Now that is a sad closing for this commentary.
In closing I must say this; This country will never get any better until the nation as a whole confess their sin and ask God for forgiveness. We must have preachers in the pulpit that will preach the truth under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. They do not have to preach “Hot Hell in a Freezing Snow” all the time but that needs to be a part of it. Even so come Lord Jesus!