Thousand Oaks CA Mass Shooting: “We Have To Do Something About Hate” and Why That Is Problematical

During a press conference this morning about last night’s mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean was reported to have said (sic), “We have to do something about hate.” Well, we’ve tried legislation to curb, prevent, and outlaw hate related crimes. How’s that working out? It has only made people scared and paranoid that they may be “hating” another person by offending them simply because they hold a different or opposing opinion.

Additionally, this really only works after the fact: the “hatred” is only accounted for after the subject has expressed it and remains alive to be captured.

Perhaps we need something like author Philip K Dick’s governmental prescience department suggested in his short story, Minority Report, where we sift for thoughts and actions of hatred before they can come to fruition.

Alternatively, we could simply mass arrest suspected “haters” and put them in internment camps like we did with Japanese Americans during WWII. But that would only create greater alarm and suspicion, causing folks to turn upon their dubious friends, coworkers, and family. Oh, wait. We’re already encouraging that. Oops.

Hate is the natural order of the human condition.

The only cure that is a sufficient is a radical Divine heart transplant (Ezekiel 11:19;36:26), exchanging a heart of stone for a heart of flesh. However, even in this life, that is only a temporary spiritual fix. Hatred and other heinous characteristics of the human condition, such as racism, will stiff fester in mankind’s heart and soul until that all things are redeemed in the great and glorious day of His return.

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Craig Hartranft