Randy Thomasson: Schools need more God, guns

Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, which calls itself “a leading family issues organization promoting moral virtues for the common good,” issued this statement today:

“Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. This is deeply disturbing and should stir great anger in all of us. Why were 26 people murdered today, most of them children? The main motive for murder is always sin. The Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas, identified murder as a sin that proceeds from the heart. (See Mark 7:21-23)

“More than asking why this evil happened, we need to work diligently to prevent it. The innocents killed at Newtown are double the number of Columbine victims in 1999. We should be all the more grieved and all the more resolved to stop murders before they start. The answer is teaching the fear of God and love for God in schools and throughout society. Because mass murder is another example of societal degradation, a deadly consequence of promoting murderous abortions, godless evolution, and gratuitous violence. How opposite of teaching children that all people are worthy because they were created by God, that all innocent human beings deserve protection because they’re made in God’s image, and that every person is accountable to God when He judges the world.

“Every school official should be armed and trained to repel these attacks upon schoolchildren. And every parent and every media industry decision maker should absolutely prohibit children from enjoying scenes that glorify violence and desensitize them to the taking of innocent human life.”

Have at it, commenters.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • John W

    What a whacko!

    Mike Huckabee also weighed in with somewhat similar remarks on Fox News:

    “We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our public schools…Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”

    So, because we don’t have official school prayer in public schools, God sent the Angel of Death to kill 20 first graders.

  • Alcoahead

    Give every kindergardener a .22 long rifle Derringer as standard issue when matriculating into their initial classroom experience — and mandate compulsory range training as part of their classroom education, right after their “milk and cookies” break, so that they have the “sugar buzz” needed to pay attention and stay alert to what they need to do against those whom the Second Amendment (and the NRA) says have a superior right (as in to bear arms that kill) to theirs (as in to “pursue life, liberty, etc…)

  • Elwood

    @ #1 John W

    God is a very strange dude.

  • Publius

    This kid was a bad egg, I don’t think morality or lack of faith had anything to do with it.

    What a tragedy for the families…………

    An act as evil as this will drive the human heart to search for answers. Blame will be cast in all directions from all sides. I doubt that any of our politicians will be able to figure it out.

    My prayers go out to the parents and families of those that were lost, and I hope that in the aftermath of this evil they will somehow find comfort.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Back in the 1960s, a C&W song put the argument concisely : We need a nationwide revival/ to put the love of God in our souls/ We need a whole lot more of Jesus/And a lot less rock’n’ roll! If you’re interested, check out Linda Ronstadt’s cover onYouTube.

  • Sando

    I agree with Randy on this one. Do a little research and look at the moral decline of our Nation since we started taking God out of the Public Sector. Murder, suicide, violence, teenage pregnancy…the list goes on and on…

    It is a GREAT TRAGEDY, everything that has happened!

    God did not send an angel of death. Rather GOD is crying and filled with sorrow just as this nation is along with the families and those involved. All God wants to do is embrace them! God is also a God of Justice. God will make the wrong things right.

    Praying for God’s Love and Peace to flow in abundance.

  • jnt

    My heart hurts for the families and the grief they are going through. The first responders are experiencing things they should never have to see.

    This guy didn’t stop to observe the “Gun Free Safe Zone” that was in fact part of that school, just like the Aurora Theater didn’t allow firearms on their premises, JUST like Portland is one of the least friendly firearms cities in the nation, Yet, these people CHOSE these venues as their targets.

    Evil people will do evil things, they will break the law to obtain what it is they want. Law abiding citizens are the ones that are hurt.

    This is a nation that continues to reject God, devalue life, slaughter babies by the millions, and celebrate endless violence in movies and video games.

    There are many things that can be used as weapons, but it is the heart of the person using them that determines if it is for good or bad. We need God in our homes, schools, and in government to change the hearts of people.

  • Nancy

    He is right on target. Our nation has lost it’s moral compass. We have removed God’s law from our schools and are reaping the consequences. Schools teach godless evolution so students have no respect for life. Our nation needs to repent before Almighty God and turn back in humility to the only One who can save us from ourselves. God have mercy on America.

  • Bonnie

    I agree. I believe that each parent who lost a child there would not have opposed the principle being trained and armed to defend the students. At the least, we should consider all Government schools must have armed guards/off-duty police. This is a strange new world.

  • John W

    Re #5

    Catchy 1960 song. Whatever works. We could also use a whole lot more background checks and mental health care and a lot less semi-automatics and high capacity gun clips.

  • Karen Grube

    What bothers me most is that we can’t even talk about good and evil, right and wrong, or even simple compassion in school. We can’t allow a kid to wear a t-shirt that says “Think God!” but we can allow a kid to wear one that says “I have two mommies.” We allow GLBT clubs on school and try to prevent student Christian clubs from meeting on school grounds the same way.

    We can’t talk about virtue or character without talking about the One who defines what virtue and character mean. We have no standard against which to measure good and evil, right and wrong, without God. What that means is that we are left with a culture where we refuse to intercede for a young man like this out of fear that we will be seen, not as compassionate and caring, but as somehow trying to violate his parents’ rights to let him be treated or not as they see fit, or his right to NOT be treated if he doesn’t want to be.

    At the very least, we should be teaching the moral and Judeo-Christian ethical basis for our country’s founding. Sadly, we can’t even do that any longer in public school.

  • Jen

    God does NOT send an angel of death to kill. It doesn’t make any sense he would make that comment since he probably doesn’t even believe in God. Evil is done by man through the devil. God is full of sorrow at the tragedy this 20 year old very lost soul committed. This has been a horrible tragedy, but these children are now safe at home with Jesus and can never be hurt again. I’m so sad for the families & friends. This country has gone mad…rejecting our Lord who promises nothing but LOVE and FORGIVENESS. Why? Who wouldn’t want to live in and have a worldview of that? It’s also amazing that those who reject God are so full of hate, and yet they claim to be people of “tolerance” All I can say is that ALL of the unbelievers WILL have their eyes opened one day and know the truth. For most, this will be the moment you die.
    Even though my child goes to public school I teach her that she can talk about God all she wants and thank God she has a teacher who does the same & even prays with her kids in class.

  • Medra

    As a law enforcement officer I agree completely with Randy Thomasson. We should follow the example of the Israelis and arm every teacher. That is the only way to prevent future school shootings. If you notice, these mass shootings always occur in “gun free” zones. The criminals know that there won’t be anyone armed to stop them.

  • There is a God who created this world. He provided guidelines for living and redemption for failure. If we can’t teach that to students, they will have no reason to practice morality. There is no hope when life throws them trouble and pain. They grow up thinking they accidentally evolved from primeval goop and begin to act like the animals with which we equate them. They are crippled and helpless because we’ve let ourselves be bullied into silence regarding truth. It’s time to teach truth to all students, that it is totally irrational to believe that the intelligent and complicated life here on earth could possibly have resulted from random purposeless accidents, that the God who created us expects something from us and will reward faith and eternally punish those who reject Him and practice evil. If someone is determined to be evil, they are always free to reject God, but someone who is desperate for help and redemption can know on Whom to call. Randy Thomasson is right.

  • Elwood

    Adam Lanza was a punk and a coward.

    As soon as he thought he might be confronted by armed men, the little punk killed himself.

    Big man, killing women and little children.

    May a curse be on his name throughout eternity.

  • John W

    Elwood, I have a different theory about why Adam Lanza and others like him so often kill themselves. I don’t think it is because of regret over the awful thing their incredibly disturbed minds made them do, or because they fear capture or being killed. Instead, I suspect it is one final “I’ll show them” deed, denying us the satisfaction of getting them. The Aurora movie theatre shooter didn’t kill himself. But, in his twisted head, he fancied himself some kind of action superhero figure. So, staying alive to bask in the glory of it all was part of the game plan.

    The more this sinks in, the worse it gets. You see the pictures of the kids, hear about their personalities and what they liked to do, think about what they might have become in life. And you think about the principal, teachers, custodian and staff who acted heroically to try to save lives. It just makes you go back and forth between anger and being deeply sad.

  • Elwood

    @ John W #16

    Thinking about your first paragraph John, I wonder about the timing. Why did the little POS shoot himself when he heard the cops coming? If he wasn’t a sniveling coward, why not go out in a blaze of glory, suicide by cop as it were? God knows he had the weapons and the ammo to do it.

    I agree with your second paragraph.

  • John W

    I’m just speculating, of course. What we often hear about these mass killing events is that the perp was a loner who, on top of being mentally broken, felt a sense of being aggrieved and not in control of anything that happens to them in life. Lashing out in this violent manner is payback and empowerment. Sticking around to be captured or killed in SBC fashion is giving back some of that control. It’s like, ” you can’t hurt me, because I just did it to myself.”

    People who do SBC generally are in control of their faculties. Life has become unbearable for them, or they know they’ve done something they can’t live with, or they can’t bear the thought of prison. But they can’t get to the point of blowing their brains out or hanging themselves. So, they go the SBC route.

    That’s my theory, but I’m not married to it.