Thursday, May 31, 2012

A good Bible and more guns...

It was just a simple trip to the stationary store...or so we thought.  An older gentleman was there searching around for a book.  Not finding what he wanted he went to a clerk asking "where can I find a good bookstore in this town".  She flashed a smile at him saying "I would like to think that we are a good stationary and bookstore!  But, tell me, what are you looking for?"

"A Bible...a good Bible" he informed her.  Tom and I were both looking at her and were able to interject that there are two other places to find a Bible here in Belmopan, Covenant Bookstore, or the Art Box.  The Art Box has the largest selection.  He thanked us and then turned back to the clerk and let her know that he needed a Bible to use when he teaches the children at a local school.  

Glancing down at a newspaper on the counter he announced loudly "So they only shot the guy 14 times, eh?!"  The clerk acknowledged the tragedy and asked him what he thought the solution to all of the violence might be.  We thought we would hear something spiritual in his answer...since he had identified himself as someone who teaches from the Bible.   

"Guns," he said.  "guns are the solution.  If more people were licensed to carry weapons then people could fight back."  



She questioned him about whether or not the churches needed to be more involved in addressing the issue of violence.  He came back with more talk about how Texas has solved all of its crime problems by arming its citizens with guns.  When she tried to voice her opinion that more guns were not the best solution here to stop this problem he said "so you're one of them do-gooders that don't think people should be allowed to carry guns, eh?  Well, you still have to listen to me...".

After finishing his spiel about how guns are the answer to the violence that has happened recently he left the store in search of a good Bible.

Tom, the clerk, and I all just shook our heads in disbelief.   

At the top of my list of solutions would be to give the police vehicles instead of bicycles.  It is easy to commit a crime if you know the chances are slim of you getting caught.  We have heard stories of people committing a robbery and fleeing the scene on a bicycle.  By the time the police are called and they arrive on their bicycles of course the culprit is long gone. In Belize the latest statistics show a 1 in 10 conviction rate in murder cases.  Perhaps if there were a fully equipped crime lab with trained crime scene investigators then more criminals would be convicted and that might serve as a deterrent for future criminal acts. 

So if you are listening Mr. Bible Teacher...let's start with the simple solution of better equipping the police to fight and solve crimes.  Because arming more people with guns is hardly the best answer for Belize.    


8 comments:

  1. Great blog entry...

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  2. Ditto on Robyn's comment. Guns as an answer to violence. Hmmm. Buddha said "Hatred never ceases by hatred." But that teacher need look no further than the Bible he's searching for to find the answer to violence. I don't think Jesus was suggesting guns.

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    1. Galen Pearl, I love the Buddha quote. And you are right...I don't think Jesus would suggest guns as the solution for anyone.

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  3. I add another ditto to Robyn's comment. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Sherrey, It was so unreal to hear him going on about guns that I just had to write it all down!

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  4. Oh wow soo scary that some people are so crass in their thoughts....sending prayers your way and to the people in Belize!!!

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    1. It is scary isn't it...and I always shudder when an American does things that can reflect badly on the rest of us Americans here!!

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