While the blood was still wet in Dallas, our president thought it wise to lecture us about guns, an inanimate object. Respectfully, a gun does not have the power or will to load itself and pull its trigger.
Have we forgotten that the pen is mightier than the sword, and words are mightier than guns?
No gun has ever started a war. No rope has ever incited a lynching. No fist has ever started a fight. Every action, good or evil, began with a thought, a word. Always. Death and life are clearly in the power of the tongue. That is why Jesus said whoever thinks about shooting a policeman to death has already committed murder in his heart.
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Words, thoughts, spoken and printed, are what fueled the bloodshed in Dallas. Perhaps the time has come to abridge our freedom of speech and infringe the freedom of the press.
But would this be a wise starting point toward a solution to the problems that divide us? As an American I cringe at the thought.
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A better start would be to first take down the banners that declare, "BLACK LIVES MATTER" or "POLICE LIVES MATTER." And then let us raise up on every rooftop in America a banner that reads: "ALL LIVES MATTER."