I believe that the epitome of hypocrisy was seen this past week when the GOP convention leaders asked Governor Kasich to waive the open carry law in Ohio so that their national convention could be gun-free. It appears that when it is their lives that are endangered by guns they suddenly become gun control advocates while denying the same protection to others. I was bemused that Kasich used their own G.O.P. position in replying that current federal law and the U.S. Constitution does not allow a governor to do so.
Their request for a ‘no-gun’ convention flies in the face of the GOP’s current legislative position, which is to not even allow debate on any bill that would curb the right to bear arms–including any type of arms or ammunition such as AR-15s and armor-piercing shells with extended magazines. It is the epitome of hypocrisy that the G.O.P. convention goers do not want to operate under the rules they have set.
The G.O.P. and the “Trumpsters” are now reaping the results of what they have been sowing the past years after they took control of the legislative branch of government. They have played the politics of fear to the hilt, they have sowed divisiveness and hatred. They have refused compromise making governing almost impossible. Now the country is reaping the results of their policies of negativity and advocacy of divisiveness.
In Donald Trump they have found a demagogue who will take their divisive and inflammatory causes to new heights and expose them to what happens. Hand in hand with the NRA they have created a gun culture that leads to what we see is happening today in our country–an explosion of mass shootings in theaters, schools, malls, and other places that call for police protection which leads to calls for mass police intervention, which leads to further killing of police officers in ambush now these past two weeks. They have “sowed the wind” and are now “reaping the whirlwind.”
After each shooting event those in power say “This must stop!!” but it doesn’t stop. And it will not stop until there is a deep cultural change in this country away from the gun culture and fear and disregard of human life to a culture that values human life–that is inclusive of all and does not scapegoat those who are different; that sees all human life as sacred; that practices respect for differences of opinion in politics and deals with difference of opinion without attacking the character of the one with whom we disagree; in short; that lives the Great Commandment to love God and neighbor as we love ourselves.
The roots of the problem in America go far deeper than race relations to human relations. If we continue to ‘sow the wind’ we will continue to “reap the whirlwind” as we are now experiencing! (Hosea 8:7)