How to stop a Gunman.

The recent atrocities here in the US have gotten everyone talking about “How to stop a Gunman”. Even the President called for “meaningful action” to prevent shootings like this. I actually agree with him, however I think our ideas of meaningful action would differ greatly.

I think WE as individuals can STOP a gunman. But we have to stop him before he is 20 years old. We have to stop him at 18, at 12, at 8, at 8 months even. We have to START by changing how we are raising our families. We have to START by changing our thinking. We MUST get back to GOD’s plan. I know we don’t always ‘see’ that plan but if we look at His word it’s laid out right there for us. Jer 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Our God is a loving God. He gives us freewill and with that we have choices. We as a society are not making good choices. We are standing by and letting society raise our children. Have you asked an average 8 yo boy what his favorite video game is? I can bet it would be something like Black Ops. Seriously- does that sound like a video game that 8 yo kids should be exposed too. Have you looked closely at what is on our tv’s? I admit I watch stuff I probably shouldn’t. However, (not that it makes it right or even better) my children don’t watch what I do. I watch it when they aren’t around. I screen what they see. Sure stuff about good vs evil is fine- it’s great it teaches our kids valuable lessons about fighting for what they know is right. But things that are vulgar and violent just for the sake of being vulgar and violent make NO sense.

To stop a gunman we MUST teach them

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 6:1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” 

Proverbs 1:8-9 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 

These verses barely even begin to scratch the surface of what we should teach them, but they give you a good idea. We can stop a gunman by being loving God-fearing parents who

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

God is the answer to How to stop a Gunman. If we follow His plan and His guidelines for our lives we will make choices that will save our families and save our futures. No I can’t (nor will I) guarantee that we will have an easy time of it or that there will be no problems. But I can promise you because God has promised us that if we do this we will be blessed beyond measure and we WILL stop a Gunman.