Monday, March 19, 2012

25+ Thoughts about Guns

  1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
  2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
  3. Colt: The original point and click interface.
  4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
  5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
  6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
  7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
  8. If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.
  9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
  10. The United States Constitution (c)1791. All Rights Reserved.
  11. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?
  12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
  13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
  14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.
  15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
  16. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
  17. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
  18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
  19. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.
  20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
  21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
  22. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.
  23. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make more.
  24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
  25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
Those are some pithy little aphorisms. Emotionally I resonate with all 25 of those comments. I live in Texas, and I own guns and support the Constitutional position on the right to bear arms. However, I'm interested in understanding what the Biblical view is regarding the use of force.

Jesus chided Peter for whacking off the high priest's servant's ear, but on a later date he encouraged the disciples to take along a sword but yet with moderation (Luke 22:38b).  Matthew 26:52 is a sobering statement. God obviously sanctions just warfare with plenty of Old Testament battle accounts, stories of good confronting evil with violence, and the End Times with Jesus' return. On the other hand, we are to be subject to our governing authorities (Romans 13).  Does Jesus' statement in Matthew 26:52 relate more to Peter's impulsiveness and emotional response to the situation, or is it a guiding principle for all times and all cultures?  After all, it was Jesus who told them to start packing weapons just before Gethsemane. John MacArthur's study Bible adds that it could be Jesus reproaching vigilantism because Peter was taking the law into his own hands.

Comments welcomed...

Aside: Calling an illegal alien an "undocumented immigrant" is like calling a drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist "

World's Largest Army: The American Hunter


I received this in an email forward.  I haven't checked the numbers, but it sounds reasonable.  If someone finds any factual errors in the info below, please leave a comment.

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After the Japanese decimated our fleet in Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941, they could have sent their troop ships and carriers directly to California to finish what they started. The prediction from our Chief of Staff was we would not be able to stop a massive invasion until they reached the Mississippi River.  Our two million man army and war ships were all fighting the Germans.

So, why did the Japanese not invade?

After the war, the remaining Japanese generals and admirals were asked that question. Their answer:  They knew that nearly every home had guns and the Americans knew how to use them.  The world's largest army is American hunters!

I had never thought about this...

A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:

There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin. So, in effect, over this past deer season Wisconsin's hunters became the eighth largest army in the world with more men under arms than in Iran. This is more men under arms than in France and Germany combined.

These men deployed to the woods of a single American state to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.  That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan's 700,000 hunters all of whom have now returned home.  Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world!

The point?  America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.  And, we haven't even touched on the number of men under arms in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and all the other states.  Hunting -- it's not just a way to fill the freezer.  It's a matter of national security. That's why all enemies of the United States, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.

Food for thought when next we consider gun control.