The following was sent to me by pro-life prayer warrior and friend, Barney Byrne. He uses Archbishop Chaput’s words to draw a correlation between the gun violence in our country to the killing we’ve allowed of unborn children through abortion.
Is the Culture of Death in our Country the main reason for our Country’s recent history of mass shootings and are guns only ones means of instituting that violence?
Exactly 20 years ago, in U.S. Senate testimony just weeks after the Columbine H.S. massacre, Archbishop Charles Chaput of our own Philadelphia Archdiocese offered these thoughts:
“The real problem is in here, in us… In the last four decades we’ve created a culture that markets violence in dozens of different ways, seven days a week. When we build our advertising campaigns on consumer selfishness and greed, and when money becomes the universal measure of value, how can we be surprised when our sense of community erodes? When we glorify and multiply guns, why are we shocked when kids use them. When we answer murder with more violence in the death penalty, we put the state’s seal of approval on revenge.When the most dangerous place in the country is a mother’s womb and the unborn child can have his or her head crushed in an abortion, the body language of that message is that life isn’t and may not be worth much at all. In fact, certain kinds of killing no longer even count officially as “killing”. Certain kinds of killing we enshrine as rights and protect by law.When we live this kind of contradiction, why are we surprised at the results? The Columbine murders will mark my (Denver) community for years to come. We live in the most violent century in history. Nothing makes us immune from that violence except a relentless commitment to respect the sanctity of each human life, from womb to natural death. The civility and community we’ve built in this country are fragile. We’re losing them. In examining how and why our culture markets violence, I ask you not to stop with symptoms. Look deeper. The families in Littleton and throughout the country deserve at least that much”
Twenty years later, the Archbishop has said,
“only a fool can believe that “gun control” will solve the problem of mass violence. The people using the guns in these loathsome incidents are moral agents with twisted hearts. The twisting is done by the culture of sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve created over the past half-century.
And so the Archbishop went on to say,
” Treating the symptoms in a culture of violence doesn’t work. We need to look deeper. Until we’re willing to do that, nothing fundamental will change.”
Surly words of wisdom, no matter what your creed.