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Letter: The source of our cultural rot

 Last weekend Jovan Belcher, an NFL linebacker, committed suicide after killing his girlfriend, leaving a 3-month-old child parentless. During the halftime of the Monday night NFL game, Bob Costas expressed the sorrow of the NFL community and fans over the tragedy and then made a politically correct comment, “If there were no guns, two people would still be alive.” Oh really, Bob? Are guns the only thing that Belcher could possibly have used to kill himself and his girlfriend? How about knives, swords, poisons, fists, strangulation, etc.?

 The politically correct left has real trouble with facts. “Everyone can have his own opinion, but not his own facts” (Winston Churchill). “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored” (Aldous Huxley).

 As to guns and crime, the stubborn facts are the nine states with the lowest gun crimes all have license to carry laws. Criminals are hesitant because they do not know who carries and who doesn’t. At the other end of the spectrum, Chicago has some of the most stringent gun control laws in the nation, and yet is at the top of the list of cities with the most violent crimes. These facts fly in the face of the mantra, “Man is good and guns are bad.”

 The root problem is deeper than guns or no guns. Currently 88 percent of Americans believe that man is born good. The Bible disagrees — man is born with a sin nature. He is prone to evil. Just as King David, an adulterer and murderer, said. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5). The American culture rot stems from an evil heart problem. And over time that evil heart has waxed worse and worse. As former Sen. Daniel Moynihan said, “The deviancy is downward.” The Bible declares, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20). What alone can change the course of culture rot? Turn to God and seek a heart change (Isaiah 1:18-20).