5 year olds aren’t tyrannical or home invaders. But I guess the bullets would’ve made someone quite a profit….
We almost expect it. Rape, school shootings, the homeless, corrupt nation leaders and constitutions that screw the people over. As if we can’t change anything. We can’t protect our buildings from planes, our children from crazy madmen, our daughters from men, our taxes from bankruptcy. Then we trust our leaders even less then we did, giving them even more power over our lives.
We create laws to protect each other from evil in and out of ourselves.
Why have prisons if they just cost the tax payer? Why have speeding tickets if everyone drives the speed limit?
So take Americas gun laws just as a current example, these principles are to discuss governance. (I realize I am an Australian citizen who has never owned a gun, who has never really studied american law, but… its a current example)
As far as I can find amongst current dialogues, the second amendment speaks of a right to ‘bear arms’ i.e have weapons, so that the people of the states can protect themselves from tyrannical leadership, invasion and your every day self-defense. This would have been written into the constitution before the 1800’s when the whole nation had less then 6 million people in it. Currently it has just over 300 million. The difference between tyranny over 6 million and 300 million is dramatically different. It also isn’t necessarily something that would be fought, with weapons, by all 300 million. Invasion by an outside force, ever since America and France technically are the only colonial powers left on the planet, becomes more a nation state security responsibility, and not really an individual worry.
The second amendment also speaks of disciplined knowledge of the weaponry they hold. It holds with it an ideal that training and back checks and updated skill sets would need to be apart of the bearing of arms. Weeding out the crazy people, the unskilled, the owners who, would never actually need an automatic weapon. But in reality, if someone was going to go to that extent of training and being disciplined, with self defense being a main reason for weaponry, wouldn’t it me wiser for everyone involved to be well skilled in a martial art. So, if one did get attacked, they wouldn’t need to already have a gun in their hands, they could just kick someone till they were knocked out?
Currently, as far as i last looked into, America held the largest defense force on the planet. An insane fraction of their national budget went into national defense, making one believe that USA as a country would be the most secure nation.
A recent tweet i read: Gun deaths in 1 year: Japan – 2 Finland – 1 Australia – 35 England and Wales – 39 Spain – 60 Germany – 194 Canada – 200 USA – 9,484.
Now, looking into the amount of guns owned by untrained citizens, would it be similar stats?
yep. America is 88 guns to every 100 citizens. The next one down is 58.
But at the same time, I wonder how many of those 88 per cents are owned by trained weapons handlers?
My point? Why have guns if you don’t really need them? Did Americans experience 9,484 home invasions that they needed to defend themselves with shooting to death?
No. I don’t think so.
But then wheres the balance, between protecting ones family from crazy evil people, and living in confident peace?
Some people speak of Jesus being a violent mad man. Courageous and manly he would definitely own a gun, and know how to use it, and if anyone came to his house he would blow them away to protect his children. Looking through the gospel books and you come across a moment. Jesus finds capitalists in the yards that the non-jews got to interact with God. They are selling their wares, making a pretty good profit, but they are in the way of people connecting with God. He gets a little pissed. Aggressively so. But he doesn’t lash out. He doesn’t get a gun. He patiently makes a whip. And it doesn’t say he touched any people. But he definitely whipped some animals into a frenzy with his whip. He turns over tables and makes a huge ruckus. He was serious about people meeting his Father.
Jesus said the opposite of defending ourselves. He said take a punch, walk further with your oppressor, give them your jacket even if your cold, bless them, love them.
Does that seem like he asks us to store guns in our gun racks that could rip through the bodies of 18 under ten year olds? Does that seem like Jesus wants our governments to not only allow, but celebrate our ‘right’ to own weapons to rapidly fire little bits of metal (700/min), designed and intended to kill people?
Jesus, the man with the largest capacity to defend himself – with 10,000 angels – died, innocent, alone, naked, in front of a large crowd and then asked us to become like him.
This morning President Obama made a speech in which he said “As a country we have been through this too many times”
Too many times.
It should never happen. Five year old children are cute and funny and filled with overwhelming hope. And today is a dark and sad day because they were destroyed by not only a man, but humanities strange aversion with ourselves, and our ignorance of what evil can actually accomplish when we refuse to acknowledge it exists.
Pray. – For families effected by this awful massacre. For their comfort, for their mourning, for their first Christmas without their children, for their feelings of rightful vengeance and wisdom in that feeling, for their family and friends, for the school, for President Obama and the courage he is going to have to have to make great decisions in leading a nation into new thinking.
Pray – For us to recognize that evil exists, but more so that good exists. That God reigns, and loves us all more then we love our children. For parents and families to get our comfort from God, to get our answers from God, to sit in his loving presence and not to listen to anyone elses voice.
Pray – For life, for love, for hope, for peace.