Michael Matthews: Honest debate

December 21, 2012 

Honest debate

After the Newtown massacre, I knew it wouldn’t take long for someone to say something absurd. On Dec. 17, a representative from Texas suggested that if the principal had had an M4 in her office, she could have taken out the assailant instead of needlessly sacrificing her life.

Our society has many gun proponents unwilling to even engage in a conversation. Their suggestion that everyone be armed to protect ourselves from others who are armed is nothing less then ironic.

God punished Pharaoh many times until his heart was softened, and he let the Israelites go. God’s final punishment against Pharaoh was horrendous. How many times do we need to be punished until our hearts are softened, and we finally engage in an honest debate? How much more must we endure?

Michael Matthews


News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service