Lanterns: A Shooter’s Mind


A Shooter’s Mind

I have tried to stay away from politics and controversial issues, preferring to write more educational and entertaining pieces.  The news of the Las Vegas shooting last night has shaken all of us.  Our first questions are of course, are WHY and WHO?

We know who, and I’ll not offer him any fame by giving his name—  it is available elsewhere and in the larger scheme of things, is not all that important. 

Why?  It’s possible we’ll never know truly why.  We may garner some leads and ideas in the days to come, but what really happens in a mind to plan such an act?

Early reports tell us he had ten rifles in his room and that he had rented the room on September 28th.  Obviously, it was a planned attack and not a spur of the moment meltdown. 

After reading reports of automatic gunfire, I assumed a typical mistake (intentional or ignorant) by reporters.  After listening to the video and hearing the staccato fire of a full auto rifle, I knew this was like nothing we have ever seen. 

What was going on in this man’s mind?  I have not a clue.  I know what was NOT in his mind.  There was not love and concern for God, fellow man, or national pride.  Satan is the father of lies and hate, and no doubt Satan was in control of his thoughts and actions.


Another thing we know is that an effort will be put forth to restrict access and ownership of guns and ammo by all the people who never did anything like this, and who never will.  Hillary Clinton has already come out and attacked “silencers” and the NRA, neither of which had anything to do with the event. 

Prohibition or full control does not work. 


It never does, and it never will.  It did not work with alcohol.  It has not worked with drugs.  It has not worked with prescription drugs. 

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion . . . Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." -John Adams

"The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible." -Noah Webster

"Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet." -Robert Winthrop

"Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society." -George Washington

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."

"Whereas true religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness . . . it is hereby earnestly recommended to the several States to take the most effectual measures for the encouragement thereof." -Benjamin Franklin

Control MUST come from within, or as Robert Winthrop said, “by the bayonet.”

We had a perfect world, the Utopia progressives seek, in the Garden of Eden.  Sin destroyed that perfection, and it continues to destroy people and lives as it did last night in Las Vegas.  We will never be able to attain perfection on our own, and no government can provide total security.  We can only strive to educate ourselves and promote personal responsibility and caring for our neighbor.

May God bless our republic and may we strive to be honorable recipients of that blessing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy.

Written by Michael Murphy The Voice of Reason

The Voice of Reason

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I appreciate your take on this. I am working in a piece and needed a break for a moment. I saw your article and knew I needed to read it. Thank you

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