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Letter: Where should we place the blame for school shootings?

Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

There have reportedly been at least 79 school shootings in the U.S. over the last 13 years. The most recent shooting in Newtown, Conn., was the most brutal and horrific, leaving 20 innocent young children dead. The blame for this tragedy is being placed all over, ranging from inanimate objects (guns) to deity (God). The old saying is that when you point a finger at someone else, there are four more pointing back at you.

My opinion is that when you really want to solve a problem, you have to ask what is the root cause? Having lived long enough to remember the 1940s and '50s in America, I would say that school shootings were unheard of in the "old days." If so, what has changed in America?

Well, there have been some significant changes. In the 1960s, we started to remove God from our classrooms by eliminating prayer and the 10 Commandments. In 1973, we legalized abortion with the result being more than 40 million unborn children killed by abortionists since Roe v. Wade. We have removed almost all restrictions on censorship so that our kids now have access to video games and horror films that portray the most heinous forms of brutality, which would have never been considered socially acceptable in the old days. And this year we again elected as the leader of our country a president who has the strongest record in support of abortion than any other American president. He was one of few who voted against a ban on partial birth abortion, which kills partially born children outside the womb. So, could the culture that we created be the root cause? Can we deny that what we created here is not working very well?

It has been said that we will be judged by future generations on the basis of how we treated the most vulnerable members of our society. We need to repent and turn back to God if we hope to see things change in America. Only He can deliver us from evil.

Al PowersSt. Charles

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