There Is No Right to Be Free from Gun Violence

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There is no such thing as a “right to be free from gun violence”. There can’t possibly be such a right. If, God forbid, gun confiscation ever happened, it would be implemented by people with guns – i.e. the cops and the military. The result would be a government gun monopoly.

“Political power comes from the barrel of a gun.” – Mao Zedong … who disarmed his subjects, left them defenseless, and sent his goons to kill perhaps 100 million of them.

And would so many right-wingers still idolize the cops and the military if they were on their doorsteps demanding they turn over their guns?

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Gun Control Isn’t Biblical

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I have an old friend who is a great person, but also someone with whom I disagree on more than a few political issues. The other evening she called me out saying a Christian shouldn’t be opposed to gun control. I don’t have a lot of time for these things right now, but I felt compelled to give a basic biblical response to her challenge.

A few observations:

  • How did Cain kill Abel in Genesis 4:8? Not with a gun, certainly. The Bible doesn’t say because it doesn’t matter. Cain was evil, not his weapon, which may very well have been his own hands.
  • There are numerous wars all throughout Scripture and lots of killing. However, there were no guns as they would not exist for many more centuries.
  • In Luke 11:21-22, Jesus Himself states: “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.” He wants His followers to be armed for defensive purposes.
  • In Luke 22:36, Jesus states: “… But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.” This was the last instruction He gave His followers before He was arrested. He wants us to arm ourselves not just spiritually but physically as well!
  • There is absolutely zero indication anywhere in Scripture to support the notion that denying people access to inanimate objects will prevent them from doing evil. Attention right-wingers: therefore, the Drug War is just as unbiblical as gun control.
  • Gun control is not only not biblical, it is Darwinist! It renders the state more “fit” than its subjects. There is a HUGE correlation between citizen disarmament and genocide!

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  • As my friend was a teacher for many years, it is relevant to point out that in the worst school massacre in American history in 1927 in Bath, Michigan, the perp did not use any guns. This was at a time when you could buy all sorts of guns in the Sears catalog! Indeed, you almost never heard of a school shooting until 1990 when schools became gun-free zones.

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For a far more thorough treatment of this subject, please read this very fine essay by Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America.

Jeremiah 17:9 calls the human heart “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” All the laws in the world will not change the human heart. If the state will take away guns it will also, at some point, claim unlimited power over the lives of its subjects, fancying itself not merely as god, but as a very jealous god ruthlessly wielding an iron fist against any and all competitors.

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The state is composed of people. Daniel 4:17 tells us that God sets up the “basest of men” over earthly kingdoms. Do you want to trust the “basest” among us with a monopoly on tools of lethal violence?

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My friend implored me to trust “God, not guns”. Very well, then. I therefore reject as unbiblical the notion that forbidding people to own certain inanimate objects will prevent bad things from happening. And, if anything, gun control means totally unwarranted reliance not on God, but on the most well-armed and deadly segment of any society: its government.

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Is There a Right to Keep and Bear Nukes?

The best and most succinct answer I have ever seen from Tom Mullen.

Straw man question: So, I suppose you’re fine with private citizens owning nuclear weapons, right?

Answer: I wish nuclear weapons didn’t exist, but as they do, yes, I’d prefer they resided in the private sector, where there are consequences for killing people and destroying property.

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Mass Shootings Are a Bad Way to Understand Gun Violence

Don’t let yourself be manipulated into calling for more gun control.

Great statistical breakdown by Maggie Koerth-Baker.

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The Las Vegas Massacre: They Want You to Panic … So Don’t

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“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” – Rahm Emanuel

Before I go any further, I ask that everyone extend their thoughts, prayers and condolences to all affected by Sunday night’s massacre on the Las Vegas Strip.

Concerning which, a few observations:

  • I remember it more vividly than any email I have ever received. On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, an old friend from my Tucson days sent me an email with a subject line that read: “They want you to panic…”. The first sentence of the body of the email read, “… so don’t”. When something absolutely horrific happens, our natural tendency is to panic and demand that our government “do something” to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again.
  • Before rigor mortis set in on the first corpse, the Left, predictably, went to work demanding greater restrictions on gun rights. And they did so in spite of the fact that there is simply no correlation between rates of gun ownership and rates of homicide. America ranks first in the world in gun ownership and something like ninety-sixth in homicide. Furthermore, violent crime has fallen almost in half since 1995, even though we have more guns than ever. Speaking of 1995, that was the year in which Tim McVeigh killed 168 people without a gun!
  • Which brings me to my next point: this drop in crime has taken place in a time when America has more immigrants and Muslims – i.e. the boogiemen of the Right – than ever. The Las Vegas suspect, Stephen Paddock was neither. If nothing else, we will be spared another round of baseless Islamophobia.
  • The Left is not alone in demanding that we give up our liberties. Who remembers how, in the aftermath of 9/11, the Right gleefully gave away liberty in the name of security? Look for a repeat of this in the coming days. Americans have given up massive amounts of liberty in the name of being “safe”. Expect the Right to demand that Trump, like W before him, “do something”!
  • The state is far more dangerous than anything it claims to “protect us” against. Stephen Paddock, according to the official narrative, killed 59 people and injured 527 more. He did a lot of damage with his two hands. However, as Eric Peters once stated “the government has millions of hands”. Hence, it can do infinitely more damage. Stalin and Mao were each responsible for the deaths of tens of millions people. And they sent the police and military – i.e. the idols of the Right – to do the actual killing.
  • Don’t think you know what “the victims’ families” think or want, because you don’t! Some 9/11 survivors fully support the official story as well as the official response, while others totally ridicule the official narrative and response. Yet others fall somewhere in between. In the aftermath of Columbine, Tom Mauser, who lost a son in that tragedy, called for more gun control while Darrell Scott, who lost a daughter on that horrible day, traveled all over the country proclaiming that more gun laws were not the answer.
  • Don’t believe everything the mainstream media – i.e. CNN, Faux, MSNBCCCP – tells you. And don’t believe every conspiracy theory you hear. Do your own research and do your own thinking. As for me, I have a lot of trouble believing the official story. If you want me to believe that some guy with no priors in his 64 years other than a traffic citation all of a sudden went nutzoid killing 59 and injuring 527 more, I don’t want your oceanfront property in Nebraska either. There is more to the story. Far more!
  • Don’t throw down with the Left and give up your gun rights. Don’t throw down with the Right and give up all your other rights.
  • Why should we be concerned about our rights in the aftermath of such a crisis? Because, in times like these, not only do very powerful people want to take our rights away but, also, people are most easily influenced into giving their rights away.
  • Two million Americans will die from something this year. That means that 1,999,941 will die from something other than the Las Vegas Massacre. Your chances of death or injury from such an event are nanoscopic. As Jefferson once put it:

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

I would rather live in a free society with the absolutely infinitesimal chance of being a victim of something like the Las Vegas massacre than in a society wherein I was constantly presumed a criminal and where the state could dispose of me at will.

That is your choice. Choose wisely.

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Was the Constitution a “Con”?

Strict adherence to the Constitution, such as advocated by Ron Paul would undoubtedly result in MUCH smaller government and MUCH more personal liberty. It would be a massive improvement not only on what we have now, but on anything we have had in our lifetimes.

That said, the more I think about it, the more I think that the Articles of Confederation, America’s governing document between 1781 and 1787, was superior to the Constitution.

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While They Are At It, Let Them Erase All Memory of Abe Lincoln

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Vandals tagged the Lincoln Memorial with graffiti the other day. Why stop with graffiti? Let them eradicate all memory of Abe Lincoln. After all Lincoln was an absolutely vile racist and white supremacist.

Consider just a few quotes.

  • “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause]—that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.” (Source: Lincoln-Douglas debates.)
  • “I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. … I … am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position. I have never said anything to the contrary.” (Source: Lincoln-Douglas debates.)
  • “I give him the most solemn pledge that I will to the very last stand by the law of this State, which forbids the marrying of white people with Negros.” (Source: Lincoln-Douglas debates.)
  • “Let us be brought to believe it is morally right, and, at the same time, favorable to, or, at least, not against, our interest, to transfer the African to his native clime, and we shall find a way to do it, however great the task may be.” (Source: Speech at Springfield, Illinois in 1857.)
  • “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it.” (Source: Letter to Horace Greeley in 1862.)
  • I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” (Source: First Inaugural Address in 1861.)

It’s not just Lincoln’s words, but his deeds as well, that were contemptible.

  • He supported the Fugitive Slave Act, which made it a crime to harbor runaway slaves.
  • He supported a proposed constitutional amendment which would have forbidden Uncle Sam from interfering with slavery in states where it already existed, and stated that he had “no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.”
  • He instituted the first military draft in American history, and sent federal troops to suppress the bloody riots that broke out in New York City.
  • He imposed the first income tax in American history, i.e. forcing “free” Americans for the first time to labor involuntarily for the benefit of others.
  • Wait! There’s more! A whole lot more.

And, yes, I hear the train a comin’: What about the Emancipation Proclamation?

The Emancipation Proclamation is a short document of just over 700 words. You can read it here. It is as significant both for what it says and what it doesn’t say.

  • It only “freed” the slaves in the Confederacy, which was at the time and independent sovereign nation in which Lincoln had no jurisdiction.
  • It did not apply in the areas around New Orleans and Norfolk, Virginia, which had come under control of Union military forces.
  • It also did not apply in the 48 counties which were about to become the new state of West Virginia.
  • It did not apply in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland and Missouri which, although in the Union, still had legal slavery.
  • Hence, the Emancipation Proclamation did not free any slaves.

Slavery came to an end not because of but, rather, in spite of Abe Lincoln and the war he initiated. No other country “needed a war” to end slavery. It came to an end because it was no longer economically viable and because of a spreading conviction in the hearts and minds of Americans that it was just plain evil. Instead of freeing people, Lincoln and the war he initiated set the table for an all-powerful federal government that will one day make us all slaves. Indeed, he was the Great Centralizer.

It has been said that, in the early days of this republic, the closest contact most people had with the federal government was when the mailman came by. That all started to change with Abe Lincoln.

The war did not at all “settle” the secession and nullification questions. Saying that it did is like saying that “my kid beat up your kid, so therefore my kid is right.”

If those who would relegate all vestiges of slavery, racism and white supremacy to the dustbin of history have any intellectual consistency whatsoever, they need to get busy eradicating the memory of Abe Lincoln.


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