Letter to the Editor:

Here we go again. A mass shooting occurs on July 4 in a Chicago suburb, and guns get blamed in letters to this paper and elsewhere.

The Sunday Chicago Tribune of the preceding day was saturated with pro-abortion articles and opinion pieces lamenting the over-turning of Roe v. Wade. There was a full page ad by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Among other doctrines, the secularist group advocates the right to choose.

Removing guns from people will not decrease the number of potential killers out there. A century ago in the area near East Lansing, Mich., a local farmer blew up a school building. In total, 45 people were killed, among them 38 children.

In December 2021 an SUV ran through a Christmas parade in Waukesha, killing six and injuring 61 others in the crowd. So let’s stop blaming the gun, the bomb, the SUV, or any other weapon. People do the killing.

Secularists will not admit this, but murder stems from disregard of God’s laws. Allan Bloom authored the book “The Closing of the American Mind.” In his opening sentence the University of Chicago professor wrote, “There is one thing a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.”

This is nothing new. The Old Testament book of Judges concludes with a summary of that era. “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

Moral relativism frees us up from religious constraints. In the case of abortion it starts with denying the personhood of the embryo. Then proponents use semantic rationalizations like choice, reproductive health, and other terms that bury the truth. The conclusion is that killing a baby for the sake of convenience is a justified choice.

Carry that line of thinking to an angry, mentally unstable person who is at the breaking point in his life. If his emotions get the best of him, he may turn to violence — especially if he has no religious constraints.

Psychiatrist Alfred Adler said that how we think determines how we feel and how we behave. If a person grows up in a family modeling solid moral teachings, attends schools promoting those values, and has wholesome entertainment events available to him, he will most likely handle the disappointments of life in rational ways. Such is often not the case in our country whose moral decay is obvious.

Secularists need to answer the question of why we are seeing increasing numbers of mass killings as well as murders in other settings. Sophisticated guns have been available for a long time. Rather than freedom from religion, we need a spiritual revival.

Warren Anderson