News item, 2/11/13: gunman kills two women in courthouse despite presence of armed police and security check points.
Tim item: no place is safe – courthouses, schools, wherever – no matter how many guns we put in the hands of those put in place to protect us.
Gun Debate Done Right
Jonalyn Fincher over at Ruby Slippers had a very worthy firearm debate going on over a three day period a short time ago. (Here’s part one, part two and part three.) She took the pro gun ownership side while Seth Dowland from Pacific Lutheran University took the other. Much of the discussion had to do with the utility (or lack of utility) of firearms, and the comments in particular also went into Second Amendment rights of gun ownership. That series is a model for how Christians can come together to discuss major issues in our society.
Gun Advocacy Done Wrong
I was driving along the other day when I pulled up behind a pickup truck. It had one of those see-through decal graphics that covered the entire rear window. The decal displayed a huge handgun that had just been fired, but instead of a bullet as a projectile it had an awfully fierce looking dove coming out the barrel. Below the dove it read “Blessed are the peacemakers – Matthew 5:9″.
You know, if we’re going to arm ourselves in order to keep the peace, I want something bigger than a handgun. In fact, the Second Amendment itself says it is based on the need for a well regulated militia, so I want to arm myself with the weapons of war. That’ll keep the peace all right.
So instead of a handgun, I want a tank. In fact, I want a tank battalion. And I want a squadron of fighter jets. A fully equipped air craft carrier complete with a nuclear arsenal would be nice too. After all, a militia fights battles and those are the types of weaponry that wins battles.
Some people say that nowadays wars are fought in closer quarters, though, and a battalion of tanks wouldn’t be as much good. OK, how about I get to own a crate of hand grenades? Nope, not allowed. Automatic rifles? Nope, ditto. Anything that might actually work in a militia style battle: RPGs, SAMs, IEDs? Nope, nope, nope.
It’s probably just as well. I don’t think I can swing the financing for an aircraft carrier anyway.
The Kingdom Way of Weaponry
He will judge between many peoples
and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore. (Micah 4:3.)
And until that day comes, here’s one thing I think we all know: fewer weapons everywhere means fewer weapons that can end up in the hands of those who want to hurt people. I’d much rather see us pursue that.