Let us consider a practical application of scripture on the subject of prioritizing good over evil in mass shootings.
Philippians 4:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
There are times when one does not feel worthy to talk on certain subjects such as scripture. However, the seemingly coincidental occurrence of certain events has a way of making one feel compelled to do so anyway.
We are referring to recent mass shootings where lamentably unarmed bystanders have taken it upon themselves to fight back against evil. We had begun writing on this subject before the horrific events in Highlands Ranch took place yesterday afternoon, but hadn’t fully completed the task. Then the shooting at the STEM school took place putting a temporary hold on the article until this morning to ascertain if this had happened once again.
Initial reports on what was an evolving situation.
At first, something seemed odd about the initial reports on the situation, It was reported on The Denver channel that law enforcement – the good guys [and gals] with guns – were on the scene within two minutes. Not to be indelicate, but a lot can happen in two minutes, similar tragedies have taken place in this short a time span with horrific results. This didn’t seem to be the case, despite the fact that these were just the initial dispatches on the situation.
In many ways it’s quite fascinating to watch a news story evolve in real-time. When the initial reports of the tragedy came in, at least one of the local stations switched to live coverage, with one reporter making the salient point that these tragedies are rare.
Later on in the afternoon the local reporters were alluding to the impression that the activity was winding down. Meanwhile, it hardly garnered any attention on the national news sites or in the national trending tags on Twitter. It was only after a few hours later that a hashtag for the story began trending on the national listing.
‘Very heroic things that took place.’
Then there were the reports from today from KUSA 9news: Student killed at STEM School Highlands Ranch lunged at gunman, classmate says.
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — Kendrick Castillo, 18, was shot and killed at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday, his father confirmed to NBC News.
Nui Giasolli, a student at the school, said on the ‘Today’ Show Wednesday morning that Castillo died a hero.
Giasolli said Castillo jumped into action and lost his life trying to save others.
“That’s when Kendrick lunged at him and he shot Kendrick, giving all of us enough time to get underneath our desks, to get ourselves safe and to run out of, across the room to escape,” Giasolli said through tears with her mother by her side.
She also thanked three other students she said ran toward the gunman. One of them was Brendan Bialy, a current poolee in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program (DEP).
This was further detailed in a report from the same source:
‘Admirable and inspiring’: Aspiring Marine helped subdue gunman at STEM School Highlands Ranch
One of the teens involved in helping to take down a shooter at a school in Highlands Ranch on Tuesday is a Marine hopeful.
The Denver channel reported on the words of Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock:
Spurlock said that there were “very heroic things that took place” at the school Tuesday and said at least one student encountered the suspects and worked to stop them.
This wasn’t the only recent occurrence of people fighting back, as reported in The Daily Caller, In the case of the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego, Oscar Stewart, yelled and ran towards the miscreant who dropped his weapon, stopping the mass murderer.
In another recent case, a true hero emerged as reported on Fox News, ROTC cadet Riley Howell, 21 died in his classroom on April 30 after charging and tackling an alleged shooter.
We have a choice in what we prioritize.
All of this is not to say that people should be reckless, but it is far better to focus on those who go out of their way to do good than to dwell on those bent on evil. These are heroes who be lauded instead of criminals and mass murderers.
They say ‘That Which You Gaze Upon You Become’. We have a choice here we can focus on what is good or we can focus on evil. Studies here and here [from Mother Jones no less] have shown that the emphasis on mass murderers only serves to create more mass murderers. Lauding those that save others by intervening serves several purposes. It takes the spotlight of infamy away from evil and it focuses our gaze on those who deserve our praise. The Left purports to want to protect children, the proper focus on what is good instead of evil helps accomplish this goal. So shouldn’t they join us in this effort?