Monday's HOT MIC
For anyone who thinks more government involvement is the answer:
As mentioned earlier, there is a law on the books that should have prevented this shooter from getting a gun. This is a failure of bureaucracy, not of inadequate legislation.
A wise observation from Russell Moore at WaPo:
To eradicate churches, our opponents will need a better strategy. They should see that Christianity can be easier suffocated with comfort, to the point that we forget who we are, than it can be terrorized with violence. Those who try to confront the church with the threat of death only remind the church that we were dead, and are now alive in Christ.
He rightly predicts:
The days ahead will be awful for the grieving community of Sutherland Springs. But one thing is certain: Come Sunday, they will be gathered again, singing and praying and opening the Word. That church will bear witness to the truth that shaped them: Eternal life cannot be overcome by death. And over that church will be a cross.
If you doubt this, go read a history book about the persecution of Christians during the Roman Empire — or any other time in Christendom. The Apostle Paul wrote that " all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." Western Christians have had a reprieve from persecution over the last few centuries, but we're heading in the opposite direction now that we've fallen out of favor with the culture. Sadly, it seems we're perched on the precipice of a time of great trial for the faithful. It's a matter of "when" not "if."
Frum has been getting beaten up on Twitter for this all day, and rightfully so:
Because that's already the law.
That's the problem when dealing with liberals, or in this case a media-favored moderate Republican, when emotions are high after a shooting: they say dumb things.
One can try to interject facts but those don't mean much to people who have long ago made up their minds, especially if they've used a bunch of false information to do so.
Even United States senators do that:
One of my old RedEye colleagues tweeted a perfect mockery of people who think MORE LAWS equal a better society:
Every time I see anti-gun people offering their hot takes on what needs to be done I am reminded of this gem from Reagan:
I mean, who hasn't had their butt kicked over an inelegantly placed rose bush or overly aggressive pachysandras?
Especially true in gated communities I'm told.
Did Lebanon declare war on Saudi Arabia?
Hezbollah strikes again, and Saudi Arabia won't stand for it. The Middle East is split between two sects of Islam: Sunni and Shi'ite. In Lebanon, the Shi'ite terror group Hezbollah, which is supported by Iran, has struck out at Saudi Arabia. Reuters reports:
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Lebanon had declared war against it because of attacks against the Kingdom by the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah.
Saudi Gulf affairs minister Thamer al-Sabhan told Al-Arabiya TV that Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon's prime minister on Saturday, had been told that acts of "aggression" by Hezbollah "were considered acts of a declaration of war against Saudi Arabia by Lebanon and by the Lebanese Party of the Devil."
Is Saudi Arabia about to go to war with Lebanon? That would be tough, because the Saudis would have to go through Jordan and Syria to reach Lebanon. The two major players in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia for the Sunnis and Iran for the Shi'ites, seem itching for a fight. As the Islamic State's geographic power collapses, will a different kind of proxy war ignite? Is this the first tremor of the ensuing earthquake?