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 "

2 comments:

  1. Ah. The whole gun control debate. Well, some of those 25 'resonate' with me as well and I come from a country where even the police stations have armed security... However I now live in a country with gun control.

    Here's some stats to chew on:

    Gun deaths per 100,000 population (2006)

    USA 3.98
    UK 0.15

    I suppose the question I'd ask is - oh seeker of the truth - does allowing me to own a gun for my own protection beget an even greater risk that I will be hurt by one?

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  2. "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics." [Attributed to the 19th-century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, but popularized by American humorist Mark Twain)

    Does allowing me to own a car for my own transportation beget and even greater risk that I will be hurt by one? C'mon, Jon, can't you come up with a better question than that? :-)

    Thanks for the comments though. Now I know at least two people read my blog.

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