“Waycross”” posted a link to what is purportedly the Christian view of gun control, and asked my opinion.
A proper discussion of that subject must cover both the effects of such laws on people generally, as well as the precepts on weapons handed down by the Christian sects, which vary so widely that many consider them seperate religions in their own right.
First, gun control itself is a relatively new thing, with the first ban on guns being imposed in 1495, 528 years ago. However, before there were enough guns to cause concern, there was crossbow control, Claymore control, knife and sword bans, laws agaisnt carrying a sling, and a myriad of other laws intended to keep the people unable to control who ruled theem.
So far as we can tell from the record, all these laws had the same result. Depending on the severity of the law and the rigor of enforcement, something very similar to this result:
I cannot provide examples of rock control laws, but ever law restricting human’s ability to defend themselves against criminal violence has resulted in sharply higher violent crime rates, and every law relaxing restrictive laws has resulted in much lower crime rates.
The utter failure of every restrictive gun law, all the 57,843 that we know of, makes gun cnotrol just one thing. EVIL.
On any rational basis, restrictive gun laws have no other appropriate description other than evil. And to the religious, the good or bad effects of one’s actions are what counts. Which brings us to Christianity.
At the climax of Jesus’ miinistry, He gave his disciples an order. The site was an upstairs room in Jerusalem, and the time was immediately before the Centurions came tp fulfil an ancient prophecy. At the very climax of His ministry, he told his disciples, and therough them His followers to:
And He said to them, “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.
That order is plain, simple, and direct. If you follow Christ, you are to arm yourself. The word chosen to describe the weapons is not the Roman Centurion’s Gladius, the Centurian’s weapon of combat, but something similar to a large Bowie knife, easily concealed in a Christian’s outer clothing, and with a reputation for being deadly in close quarter sself defense situations.
Between the two principal facts, that disarming the people results in sky high crime rates, enables slavery, and is an unmmitigated evil; plust the fa ct that arming ourselves is not suggested in Luke 22:36, my opinion of gun control is worthless.
Gun control is inherently evil, of a sort the practicing Christian will avoid. Add to that the undoubted fact that Jesus ordered His followers to arm themselves to avoid evil makes carrying a defensive weapon not merely desirable, but COMMANDED.
And yes, Jesus is “the prince of peace,” because an armed society is a very low crime and low violence society.