Saturday, March 04, 2006


The Sheriff’s Deputy lined his class up across from each other and told them to practice loading, aiming and shooting their weapons at each other. When the police recruits did not want to comply, aiming at the wall instead, the instructor “verbally and physically” moved them into the directed position. He did the same, emptying one of his own magazines and then starting another. He shot and killed a young female recruit.

This 23-year veteran of the sheriff’s office had ten years of teaching experience. In 2000, he was warned in writing to stop using live weapons in his class, yet he continued to violate the first basic rule of gun safety: never, never, never point a firearm at anyone or anything you do not want to shoot!

As a Deputy, he saw the tragic results of those who violated the rule to treat every firearm as if it were loaded. There are so many tragic deaths each year because someone is careless with a weapon. A parent might drop a handgun and accidentally kill a family member, or a person cleaning a gun might believe it to be unloaded, or a child finds a gun, thinks it is a toy, aims it at another child in fun and pulls the trigger.

What was he thinking? (And why was/is he still teaching?)

My dad instilled gun safety in me, even though he gave up after one lesson at a shooting range. The only way I might possibly hit a target is if it is painted on the side of a low-flying elephant.

In Proverbs 6, you can read a list of things God detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a man who stirs up dissension among the brethren.

Have you done any of these things lately? What were you thinking? (And why are you still doing them?)

Christians know what pleases God, but too often do the opposite. It is so easy to slip into a sin, and once committed, it is impossible to take back the word or the action, just as it was impossible for the instructor to go back to the moment before he aimed and fired his weapon at a recruit.

The Sheriff’s Deputy was warned in writing, disregarded the command to change what he was doing, and eventually a tragedy ensued. You and I have been warned in writing. God is merciful and patient, but He is also holy. As human beings, you will make mistakes, but if you disregard the rules of godly living and assume you can flout God’s rules, eventually you will face the ultimate “loaded gun.”

Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:20.

The rules of gun safety can be found on this University of Oregon site. .

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Loved the story. It's so heartbreaking but at the same time so loving to know some people still have it in their hearts to do the right thing. Carolyn