Many thanks to those of you who contribute to our recent discussion on guns in the U.S.. I think we learned a bit about each other and, in particular, our non-U.S. readers got to hear from some American friends (all Christians) on how they view these things.
If I could sum up the pro-gun argument it falls (as far as I understand it) into 2 general fields:
- The 2nd Amendment right and even duty to bear arms against the potential of (as one commentor put it) a “rapacious state).
- The right, responsibility and duty to defend
- our own selves and property
- the weak and defenseless around us, beginning with but not exclusive to our families
So now I have a couple more questions to push the conversation forward.
- Have I framed the issue correctly?
- What for Christians is the Biblical mandate for these positions?
- How do pro-gun Christians answer the challenge from those who would point them to Jesus as the one who taught us to turn the other cheek and was, himself, named the Prince of Peace?
And please remember, the intention here is to help us understand each other better, not to think we’re going to somehow persuade someone out of deeply held convictions. Thanks to my American friends (and others) for their contributions so far.