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"Guns Don't Kill People, People Kill People"
by Wayne Blank
Shots In The Night?
A few weeks ago, my across the road neighbor, who I've known since I was 6 years old, heard what he thought sounded like a number of gunshots. It was just after dark, but when he and his wife and one of his sons looked out their window, they were able to discern three people standing at the end of my driveway, at least one of whom seemed to be holding a rifle pointing at my house through the driveway opening of the hedge. My neighbor assumed that my house was under attack (there had been a "home invasion" incident in the area during the previous month in which a man was shot) so he rushed to the telephone and called 911. Within minutes, Ontario Provincial Police (equivalent to State Troopers in the US) began arriving, one after another, until, as my neighbor told me later, there were numerous police cars lined up across my front yard.
I was at home, alone, writing a Bible study, but unlike my neighbor I heard or saw none of it. The are a number of reasons for that. I have a rather long driveway that reduces sound from the road. I also have a 15 foot hedge all of the way around the lot on which my house is located, which blocks the sight and sound of much of what is happening outside. Plus, I often wear ear plugs when I'm writing, as I was doing that night. Ironically, the person that all of those police had come to rescue didn't realize that he needed to be rescued.
My first clue that something was going on was when I glanced out the window and saw a police car in my driveway. I got up, walked to the window and saw a flak-jacketed police officer, with weapon drawn, walking around my house (I learned later that she was the first on the scene, and without waiting for backup, went in and was looking for signs of forced entry - without finding anything amiss). As I was about to turn and go the door, I saw her get back in the police car and leave. Still not knowing what was happening, and since she left, I assumed that she had the wrong address for whatever it was she was doing.
It was only the next morning that I discovered from the female police officer (who returned to make her report), and my neighbor who I talked with later, and the sight of my mail box, what had happened. As everywhere, police take any reports of gun crime very seriously; they take no chances for the public or themselves, and respond with numerical force. It was only after their arrival and subsequent investigation that they discovered that although I had indeed been a victim of crime, it wasn't an armed assault, but rather vandals bashing my metal mail box with a length of heavy metal pipe. The metal to metal beating sounded very much like gunshots to my neighbor, and the pipe looked very much like a rifle in the near-darkness. My neighbor did the right thing by calling the police; he, and that first-on-the-scene female police officer, and all of the other police officers who kept arriving in the minutes that followed, may well have saved my life, if it had actually been what it appeared to be, but as it turns out it was a random act of vandalism, not a home invasion.
The good news is that, although, as I was told, acts of vandalism such as that don't often result in the apprehension of the culprits, because of the number of police officers that responded to the area, the mail box bashers were caught. I already have a new mail box, that they paid for.
"In the last days perilous times shall come"
The world that we are living in is becoming more dangerous, not because there are more guns, or because there is a need for more "gun control" laws (that criminals don't and won't obey anyway) but because people are becoming more and more godless, as the apostle Paul described in Prophecy about our times now:
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God" (2 Timothy 3:1-4 KJV)
The good news is that the "good old days," or at least what truly was good about the "the good old days," are going to return, because Christ is going to return. For some of what the Bible has to say about that, see the Fact Finder question below.
Fact Finder: Is the world going to become a peaceful, law-abiding place after Christ's return?