As a follow-up of sorts to my last post, I have a guest post from my friend, Jamie Davis, of “Durable Faith” blog.

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Was Jesus a Sword Toting Conspiracy Theorist?

Replica of ancient Roman sword (gladius)

Replica of ancient Roman sword (gladius)

Jesus was actually pretty clear on self-defense, telling his disciples: “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one…” Many Christians wonder, why would he say that? Doesn’t he know that a child could get ahold of that sword and hurt him or herself? Shouldn’t Christians and well-informed citizens want to control dangerous weapons so that our society stays civil?

Short answer, no! Christians should advocate the moral responsibility of civil citizens to arm themselves and to teach proper gun (or sword) handling to their children. Consider that the states with the least restrictive gun laws in the US, North Dakota, Vermont, also have the lowest crime rates. Consider the drop in violent crime in Florida when gun laws were loosened.

Florida adopted a right-to-carry law in 1987. Between 1987 and 1996, these changes occurred:

Florida United States
homicide rate -36% -0.4%
firearm homicide rate -37% +15%
handgun homicide rate -41% +24%

http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp

Consider that Switzerland mandates arms training for its adult male citizens and has them keep their assault weapons at home. Not only do they have a low crime rate, they have managed to avoid significant impact during the past two world wars, even though the wars were fought on their very doorstep.

How, then, can anyone with intellectual honesty even suggest that gun control makes anyone but criminals or governments with criminal intent safer?

Take a moment to consider the Historical Human Cost of “Gun Control”:

Historical Human Cost of Gun Control

The Genocide Chart (abbreviated)

(For full version of “The Genocide Chart”, go here.)

In closing, I’ll just mention Jesus clearly taught that people are evil. In fact, Jesus was a conspiracy theorist, as is clear in this passage from Mt 22:18 → ”But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?”

I think we should reject the feel good label “Gun control”, so that the debate is more clear and more honest; instead, let’s just call it victim disarmament, because that is what it is.

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Comments
  1. Jay says:

    Remember the times. The Romans where in the holy land because they were invited to help stave off an attack by Persian armies and then when it was over, they decided to stay and started taxing the people.

    If I remember correctly, Simon was a revolutionary bent on the ousting of the current Roman rule, even by violence of needed.

    Some even contend that Judas was also part of a movement of revolutionaries working to remove the roman empire from the area.

    God has never been shy when violence was necessary to protect his people from those who would do them harm.

    The accounts in the book of Revelations talks about the demeanour of Jesus when he comes back and from what I’ve read, he plans to kick MAJOR BOOTY, just sayin’.

    People who think that you can’t utilize force to protect yourself because it is against God’s tenants need to wise up and reread the Good Book.

    I will turn the other cheek when possible but if you’re determined to do myself or my loved ones harm, I’ll put you down.

    By the time my son was 10 years old, he could safely operate, maintain, strip and clean every firearm I owned from a .22 caliber rifle I bought him to my big bore .45 hand cannon. I killed the fascination right away simply by removing the curiosity and mystery behind forearms and teaching him that they are a tool, not a toy and that tool could end someone’s life including his own if not treated properly.

    Frequent trips to the range got him to the point where gun safety was burned into his brain. Now, at the age of 15, I have no issues involving my child and the guns in the house. I still lock up all but one, my carry pistol, but that is more to prevent them from getting stolen or used on a family member by an intruder than anything else.

    The people who hide them in the closet and do not allow their children to be properly exposed to and trained on them are the people who create the situations that lead up to children accidentally shooting other children.

    It’s ironic that the anti-gun culture in this country probably contributes heavily to firearms related deaths involving child shooters.

  2. Steve Dennis says:

    The gun control advocates like to ignore the simple fact that the safest states to live in are the states with the least restrictive gun laws. They continue to spout their lies that gun ownership make the people less safe. The exact opposite is true.

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