If anyone knows about senseless violence in the face of trying to make the world a better place, it's the King family. Alveda King is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was a Baptist minister that was gunned down in 1968. In a nutshell, his focus was on equal rights for all and unity within the body of Christ. When Alveda was asked by Fox News about her take on a tabloid mocking various US Congress members who publically stated that their thoughts and prayers were with the families of those impacted by the San Bernardino shooting, she said her first thought was that "people don't have an understanding of what prayer is."
Ms. King went on to say, "Prayer is about getting strength and direction from God," and that the human heart can choose to do good or evil. It's in times like these that people need to choose to look to God for strength to make good choices, help one another through the hard times, and carry on with their lives.
Many in Washington and across the nation have seen the San Bernardino tragedy as yet another springboard to push gun control. It's interesting to note what Texas Senator Ted Cruz pointed out: "I would note that the calls from liberals for more and more gun controls in the wake of the San Bernardino shootings ignore the fact that California already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country-so their policies and solutions have already been implemented in California. And to the surprise of no one, the laws failed to prevent this horrific attack."
Cruz also said, "The gun control push illustrates the misguided priorities of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. They refuse to stand up and do what is necessary to defeat radical Islamic terrorism, to defeat ISIS, to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Instead, they remain obsessed with disarming the American citizenry, of stripping us of our fundamental right to protect our homes, our lives, and our families."
The right to "keep and bear arms" is a Second Amendment right of the American people according to the US Constitution. Many would argue that it is a right that needs to be protected, especially because in Nazi Germany, the right to arms was taken away from the people of Germany, which aided in Hitler's rise to power and the Nazi party.
In the above-noted interview, Ms. King had stated, "We don't need any new laws, and we don't need to disarm the people [because of the San Bernardino shooting]. The terrorists aren't going to give up their guns. So we have to pray, get direction, and change our hearts."
Even if guns were made completely illegal and banned from the United States, those who want to commit acts of terror would find other ways to get those guns. There is always a black market for items that are not available legally. In fact, one of the most common ways that criminals get guns is through the illegal purchase of guns.
It's an unfortunate fact that law enforcement officials cannot be everywhere at once. In fact, the states with the tightest gun control laws have a higher incidence of violent crime.