As the seemingly endless debate over second amendment rights continues, gun sales have increased. One could argue that people are buying guns while they can, with the fear that they may not be able to do so at some point in the future. Along with the sale of guns goes the sale of accessories as well. Individuals looking for the best rifle scopes, for example, can find products and information, at Ship Mate List.
The information found online at http://gun-control.procon.org/, contains a lengthy list of arguments for and against gun control. After reviewing the points made by people on both sides of the issue, it becomes obvious that gun control is a subject that will continue to be debated for a long time. Christians may even find themselves wondering what the appropriate view from a biblical perspective is.
Since all the books of the Bible were obviously written long before the invention of gun powder, guns are not mentioned. Therefore, it is necessary to base our convictions on the basic principles taught by the Bible. One does not have to read very far into the Bible to find a record of the first murder. Genesis 4:8 tells us that Cain attacked and killed his Able, his brother. From that, it is easy to conclude that gun control will not prevent murder. When guns were not available, people simply used other weapons. For example, in Judges 3:16, Ehud made a short double-edged sword that he used to kill the king of Moab. Judges 4:21 tells of Jael driving a tent peg through Sisera’s head to kill him.
Can we fairly say that banning guns will stop murders? The answer is no, since brutal murders have been taking place long before the concept of guns. It is likewise unreasonable to think that a person whose intent is to break the law will be stopped from obtaining a gun because the law says he or she can’t have one. In this situation, the gun control law will do little more than assure criminals that they are less likely to be confronted with guns by the law abiding citizens they intend to hurt. Could this be why cities with the toughest gun control laws seem to have the highest crime rate in crimes involving guns?
Gun safety instructors will tell you that, more often than not, it is not necessary to fire the gun when it is used for protection. The threat alone is enough to scare off a would-be attacker. Therefore, is it fair to take this protection away from responsible people? Since laws will not stop criminals from breaking laws, and since murders have been taking place throughout history, perhaps there is a better way.
In I Corinthians 13, Paul wrote about the better way of Christian love. Paul also spoke at length about salvation by grace through faith rather than the law. He goes on to say that the law is then established by faith. What this means is that Christian love does not require a law to prevent murder. Since laws do not prevent violence, perhaps the promotion of Christian values should be at the forefront of our discussions rather than seen as a politically incorrect subject to be discussing. The promotion of Christian love would go further in reducing violence than would enacting more laws that criminals are likely to find a way around anyway.