Gun Control

It had dawned on me the reason that white supremacists are the same folks who support firearm ownership is because they have been preparing a second Civil War. This realization came after the news that two police officers in Wilmington, NC were caught on tape saying that they are ready for a civil war to slaughter black people.

Piner told Moore that he feels a civil war is coming and that he is ready. Piner said he was going to buy a new assault rifle, and soon “we are just going to go out and start slaughtering them (expletive)” Blacks. “I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.”

Make no mistake about this: Confederacy is treason. White supremacists have been attempting to rewrite the history about the Civil War they had lost. And they had been conspiring a second Civil War (see Boogaloo movement). Having any sort of gun control means it would put a damper on their war effort. The irony is that they are attempting to overthrow the very institution of the US Constitution itself using the rights granted to them by the second amendment of the US Constitution.

The solution is to avail the second amendment insofar as the arms bearer swears allegiance to protect the Constitution as well as its institution. This means the right to bear arms shall be revoked for a person who has confessed (in any way, either public or privately) about their support of a Civil War or the Confederacy, since such views endanger the integrity of the Constitution. This is coherent with the spirit of the second amendment which stipulates that the right to bear arms being contingent upon “a well regulated Militia.” If a Militia is to overthrow the Constitution, it is no longer well-regulated.

We can take guns out of the hands of white supremacists and Confederates constitutionally, while ensuring second amendment rights for those who are patriotic to the US Constitution and its Institution.

But even for a constitution compatriot who enjoys the right to bear arms, the wisdom still goes,

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. (1 Corinthians 10:23)

Some claims that guns are good for self-defense, but the truth is that guns are a poor defense weapon. Guns require mental preparedness for the careful aiming in order to hit your subject. It is more difficult if the subject is aware and moving in order to avoid being aimed at. Also, during close-quarter combat, the subject could easily overtake the weapon. That's why guns only work as an assault weapon where the attacker has the advantage of surprise, can wait until the subject remains stationary, can take the time to aim, and can attack from a distance. Guns are useless for self-defense. The victim is already dead before he could draw his gun.

Another issue caused by gun ownership is the unnecessary militarization of the police, which had caused innocent deaths such as Breonna Taylor who died when the police raided the wrong apartment in her complex. Blacks and Hispanics are disproportionally victims of police brutality. Civilian gun ownership did nothing to curb violence, but instead aggravated it.

There are more reasons for a Christian to abolish the use of guns for self-defense. When Jesus was arrested for later crucifixion, a follower took out a sword and cut off one ear of the arrestor, in self-defense. This is what Jesus said to him:

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)

I hear that some Christians will argue: didn't Jesus tell his disciples to buy swords earlier?

35 Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?”

“Nothing,” they answered.

36 He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37 It is written: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment.”

38 The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.”

“That’s enough!” he replied. (Luke 22:35-38)

The answer is no.

The point Jesus is making is that, while previously the disciples did kingdom work that was miraculously supported by divine provision, the crucifixion of Jesus will mark the point where the disciples will have to take the initiative in kingdom work, and they will also need to prepare facing violent prosecution. Two swords are enough to symbolize awareness, but clearly they are not sufficient nor intended to be used for the self-defense of all 12 disciples.

Christians should also abolish the use of guns for civil liberty. Apostle Paul wrote:

For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:4)

I think the biggest sin for the Christians who are pro-guns is that they are relying on themselves for protection but not relying on God.