VIEWPOINTS: Is gun control a religious issue?

Perhaps you should add gun control to the list of things not to talk about at the dinner table this Christmas.

This morning two firefighters were killed by a gunman, just more than a week after the massacre in Newtown, Conn. — where 20 children were shot dead.

President Obama has stepped up his gun control efforts, while others continue to advocate for the Second Amendment.

The debate got us wondering — is gun control a religious issue?

One Response to “VIEWPOINTS: Is gun control a religious issue?”

  1. Ernesto Tinajero

    Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker spelled out the reality of our insane gun laws. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/12/newtown-and-the-madness-of-guns.html
    This is what we know to quote Adam,
    “So let’s state the plain facts one more time, so that they can’t be mistaken: Gun massacres have happened many times in many countries, and in every other country, gun laws have been tightened to reflect the tragedy and the tragic knowledge of its citizens afterward. In every other country, gun massacres have subsequently become rare. In America alone, gun massacres, most often of children, happen with hideous regularity, and they happen with hideous regularity because guns are hideously and regularly available.

    The people who fight and lobby and legislate to make guns regularly available are complicit in the murder of those children. They have made a clear moral choice: that the comfort and emotional reassurance they take from the possession of guns, placed in the balance even against the routine murder of innocent children, is of supreme value. Whatever satisfaction gun owners take from their guns—we know for certain that there is no prudential value in them—is more important than children’s lives. Give them credit: life is making moral choices, and that’s a moral choice, clearly made.”

    To this I add Christian Theology. “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.” This is too clear an issue on Christian terms. Gun control or turning our swords into plows is what the Bible tells us. Add to the fact that since Columbine, there has been many children killed, needless, the only Christian response is to stand for the banning of assault weapons. (Please notice: it is not guns that should be banned, but the sub category of weapons that were created to kill a great number of humans in a short period of time. The tools of the Devil himself.)

    The battle will be hard. As GK Chesterton saw, opinions formed from lust. in this case gun lust, are immune to reason. John saw the same problem. Evil likes the dark, for the light shines too brightly on their deeds. But be clear in the light of truth. Adam Lanza, using weapons of destruction unknown to our forefathers, fire multiple rounds into 26 people in the span of 12 minutes. Some of the seven year olds had some eleven bullets in their body. No security guard would had a chance to someone armed as Special Ops soldier. If Christians do not stand in the face of such evil insult the Lord they proclaim to follow.

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