Right Thinking About Gun Control

April 19, 2018

Right Thinking About Gun Control

By Russell George

First of all, we need to say something about right thinking. Unfortunately, many of our public schools aren’t teaching children and young people how to think. They are just telling them what to think; and what they are telling them isn’t always right. If we think right we will weigh the pros and cons of an issue. Many people are in serious trouble. If they would have weighed the pros and cons, they wouldn’t have done what they did that got them in trouble. There is much that we can learn from history. History teaches us what worked or didn’t work for our ancestors. Unfortunately, history isn’t being taught in our public schools. If it is taught, it is a distorted view of history.

Those who think right don’t need to be told what to think. They are capable of discovering for themselves what they should think. People who don’t think for themselves can easily be manipulated. Adolph Hitler told the Germans that the German race was superior to all other races. That appealed to their pride and they believed him. It led to World War II.

Gun control usually means that the federal government should take all guns out of the hands of civilians. It could better be called “gun confiscation,” but that would turn many people off because it is too threatening. Before we submit to gun confiscation, we need to ask ourselves if that is the right approach to stopping gun violence. If we take away all the guns from American citizens, will that mean that there will be no more killings? It is interesting to note that in Deuteronomy 5:17 it says “Thou shalt not kill.” Why was that prohibition needed? There were no guns when that was written. Any thinking person should realize that if we take away the guns, people will resort to knives, clubs, glass bottles or whatever they find.

Every year thousands of people are killed because of drunk drivers. Wouldn’t it be wise therefore to prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages? Those who have knowledge of history would say, “That has been tried and it didn’t work.” They would be right. What reason do you have then to think that confiscating all the guns would work?

Any right thinking person should realize that guns don’t kill people. The problem is with people, not with guns. If someone is thinking about using a gun to kill people, we need to help him or her realize that they aren’t thinking right. It might be advisable to take away their gun or guns. The better solution would be to change their way of thinking. That might be possible if one or more would sit down with them and lovingly explain to them that that isn’t the right way to think. If we were to do that we would be completing one of our duties to society.

We also should speak out against that which puts violent thoughts in the minds of young people. Many movies glorify gun violence. The objective in many electronic games is to be the one who kills the greatest number of people. That can’t help but have a bad influence on the minds of young people. Caring parents shouldn’t allow their children to play those games or watch those movies. If we don’t speak out against such things we must share a part of the blame for gun violence.

Guns serve a useful purpose. It isn’t right to deprive everyone of owning and using a gun just because a few people misuse them. God never says that we shouldn’t have the right to carry weapons of self-defense. In Ephesians 6:12-17 we read about the armor that God has given us so we can defend ourselves from spiritual wickedness. If he gives us those weapons, it is only logical to believe that he would permit us to have weapons to protect us when we are attacked by human beings.

Many use their guns to go hunting. Some kill a deer every year to fill their freezer with a supply of meat. They may also kill a few turkeys to add to their meat supply.

What should be the solution for stopping gun violence? Every time someone kills one or more people it should be obvious to us that that person wasn’t thinking right. It wasn’t just because he or she happened to have a gun in their hand and people got killed by it. No, the act began because of faulty thinking in the mind of the one who did it.

The solution is to change the thinking of people who commit crimes. There is no better way to do that than to return to the acceptance of Judeo/Christian moral values. Christianity teaches us that human life is sacred and that we should love people. The great love chapter in the Bible (I Corinthians 13:1-13) says, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”

Mark 12:30-31 tells us that love needs to begin with our love for God. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” If we love God we want to please him. That keeps us from doing things he tells us not to do. In the Bible we learn that we can have the right relationship with God by confessing to God that we are sinners and asking him to forgive us on the basis of the sacrifice that Christ made for us when he died on the cross. Romans 5:8-10 says “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

God fearing, God loving Christians aren’t a threat to the safety and well-being of others. If they are a threat, they are liars and do not the truth. Those who live the way God says we should are never a threat to others. To the contrary, they are a blessing. Don’t you want to live that way? Will you encourage others to live that way?

What do you think? Please send your comments to rusandmargaretgeorge@windstream.net

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