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More violence is not the answer

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

“The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.”

“In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a  member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death.”

“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. 

Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history.”

“We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. 

Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. 

The real villain lies within our own hearts. We do need a change of heart and a humble acknowledgement that this nation was founded on the principle of simple trust in God.”

We’ll hear more on this subject in the days ahead, and while some may advocate more violence in order to curb violence we all must make certain we have a thoughtful and realistic debate on the issues truly at the root of these events. There are an untold number of things that cause untimely deaths in this world. To address these issues we must look beyond the superficial cause and not allow political agendas to cloud a very important debate.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and owner and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com..

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