By Kelly Rae Mathews
Gun control is a religious issue because a lot of what we think about guns and our freedoms — and weapons of any kind — is often informed by religious beliefs.
A lot of the religious beliefs that are part of how the constitution was written led to the right to bear arms. It was a transformative time. Much of the American rebellion was seen as deciding that the divine right of kings was no longer in force, and a new democracy was born that was founded, in small part, on the love of reason and pursuit of freedom and happiness.
What freedom and happiness mean is individual to one’s life.
Back then, it was a measure of protection and self defense in case something went awry. Our past was also quite violent, as much as it is idolized by some.
One wonders if there has been a survey done on who owns what kind of guns today and what religion, if any, the person sees themselves as. This could open some interesting speculation as to correlations. We may find some surprises, too.
Gun control is not just a separate secular issue. Guns, have to do with taking life. Every religion has a way of looking at what is sacred and how life should be lived and how one dies and where the soul goes afterwards.
The question is then, what kind of freedom do we have when there is the blood of so many innocent lives on our hands in the name of freedom?
It becomes akin to the question asking: How can God, or any religion, be just with all the lives of the innocent spilled because of guns?
So yes, because life is sacred a gun control is a religious issue.