A growing number of people today are lobbying the government to issue controls/bans on the right of individuals to possess firearms, arguing that this will reduce the number of violent crimes committed (e.g., school shootings). Just this past week President Obama issued his latest round of executive actions on gun control:
However, such legislation directly violates the United States Constitution’s Second Amendment. Though its explanation of the source of our rights should reference God, this short video provides an excellent explanation of the Second Amendment and why it must be defended:
Most importantly, attacks on gun rights also encroach on an individual’s Biblical right to defend themselves, their families, and their property. In His covenant with Noah (Genesis 9:6–7), God allowed for the use of forceful defense against violent aggression because it is necessary to protect our God-given rights. This right to defense clearly applies to defending one’s own family (Genesis 14:14; Nehemiah 4:14), property (Exodus 22:2; Nehemiah 4:14; Luke 11:21), and person (Luke 22:36–38). A common misunderstanding is that Jesus commanded His disciples to not defend themselves in Matthew 5:38–39 but to instead “turn the other cheek.” However, the Greek word used here for “smite” refers to a sharp slap given in insult, not a violent attack. Therefore, this passage is referring to accepting defaming persecution with grace and humility rather than returning evil for evil; it is not condemning the use of just force to check/deter violent acts of aggression.
It is therefore critical that Christians take a stand against gun control legislation because it (1) violates an unalienable right given in Scripture and puts the others at risk by reducing our ability to defend them; (2) violates the Constitution; (3) is based on a lie that guns kill people, when in reality it is people who kill other people; (4) creates over-dependence on government to protect and provide for us; and (5) paves the way for tyranny because it reduces the people’s ability to check oppressive governmental force.
So, where do the 2016 Presidential candidates stand on the gun rights? This article does an excellent job of summarizing their positions on this issue for us:
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In Christ – Samuel and Lydia