President Obama, Mill Mountin Zoo and violence in today’s letters to the editor.
Pick of the day: Man’s handiwork, not a deity’s
Re: “Limit man-made laws; return to God’s,” Feb. 6 commentary:
In his arguments against gun control, Tom Taylor neglects several key elements of the historical narrative.
Russian foreign policy during the Cold War was informed, in many aspects, by its quest to find security. As early as 1200, Russia faced invasions that left its cities in ruin, and France, Britain and Germany repeated this cycle.
The Chinese were far from unarmed; in fact, European powers gladly handed over weapons to any group willing to rise in rebellion against the Chinese government because it furthered European economic agendas.
Taylor is correct to cite restrictions against Jews, but he fails to mention that it was the allies who disarmed the country in the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler rearmed the country, and much of his popularity stemmed from his reconstruction of the German nation and military.
All of this was to say that if we return to God, tyranny will be prevented. Understand that tyranny is not something that emerges from god, but often out of popular choice in response to wrongs – real and imagined.
This is not justification for the atrocities committed, but it does inform why they occurred.