Released: Monday, April 16, 2018

This editorial by Walter Williams is on target. While VAIB has no position on gun rights, the essence of the escalating gun violence and other societal ills are not solved by more laws and more restrictions. As Williams states, “Gun ownership is not our problem. Our problem is a widespread decline in moral values that has nothing to do with guns.” He further explained: “That decline includes disrespect for those in authority, disrespect for oneself, little accountability for anti-social behavior, and a scuttling of religious teachings that reinforced moral values.”

Time and again when I give testimony regarding bills, the issue is clearly what Benjamin Franklin predicted with the passage of the US Constitution: “Only a virtuous (moral) people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters (laws).” This is where we find ourselves today. Ignoring moral standards given by God and replacing them with more laws in knee-jerk reaction to every incident.

Therefore, VAIB continues to stand where we have always stood: The Bible is our book of faith and practice. Read Walter Williams’ Op-Ed here and see for yourself.