Last Sunday night’s massacre outside the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas ended with 59 dead and more than 529 wounded, making it the bloodiest mass shooting in recent American history. The deceased Stephen Paddock appears to be the prime suspect in this massacre. Evidence suggests he did not act alone.
This was an act of pure hate, and the gun control advocates pushing for outlawing of guns need to understand that passion doesn’t make any policy good or worthwhile. A heavy-handed government policy, that doesn’t achieve the end for which it is aimed, on the heels of horror is not wise.
When something horrific occurs, we hear from the gun control advocates saying, “that those opposed to their policies don’t care enough about the poor victims.” This was true after Sandy Hook, after the Pulse Night Club, after Virginia Tech, after Columbine, and after every mass shooting. The aim here is complete gun confiscation in the USA in order to remove gun resistance when bringing in the one world government.
Now is the time to contemplate the nature of human evil and hate. Now is not the time to push one’s favorite policy or the use of people’s emotional response as a fuel tank for legislative change. You cannot regulate evil or hate. The bottom line is good policy is good regardless of timing, and bad policy is always bad regardless of timing. Re-injecting bad policy out of a massacre is not wise! The emphasis in the massacre in Las Vegas should be the act of pure evil and hate and contemplate the nature of human evil.
In the Old Testament, we have an example of pure evil and hate committed after Shechem forced himself on Dinah, the daughter of Jacob. Shechem then asked his father to make arrangements to marry her, but Dinah’s brothers were angry, because this was completely disgusting to them. They considered what had happened was a pure act of evil and hate and an affront to their entire family.
The chief ruler, Hamor, Shechem’s father, asked Jacob to allow Dinah to marry his son, but Jacob’s sons said it was unthinkable to allow a marriage between an uncircumcised male and a daughter of those who were circumcised. Jacob’s sons set up a plan to have all male Shechemites to be circumcised, including Hamor and his son. They knew that tenderness from the circumcision procedure would become great after a couple of days and the men of Shechem would be incapable of resisting an attack.
This, like the massacre in Las Vegas, was a despicable action. It was made possible by deception. They killed both Shechem and his father, Hamor, with the sword and all the men of that city. It was one of the bloodiest mass killings in the Old Testament. It violated existing policy that God had already put in place (Gen. 9:6). The crime of criminal assault was punishable by death and was the national law through Moses (Ex. 20:13). Later on in Genesis chapters 48-49, Jacob remembered this despicable action and said to Simeon and Levi that they would be scattered and divided after his death, because of the fierceness of their anger and hate in causing the bloodiest killing in ancient times. This was not a gun issue in Las Vegas or a sword issue with the Shechemites but a hate issue. It hearts without God that are filled with hate.