Should Churched People Bear Arms? By Ron Branson 12/16/2012 I realize this is provocative title, but be that as it may, I believe this subject must be
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Should Churched People
Bear Arms? By Ron Branson 12/16/2012
I realize this is provocative title,
but be that as it may, I believe this subject must be
discussed. This Sunday morning, 12/16/2012, I scanned
through all the morning news channels looking for someone
making practical sense of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting
massacre. The general consensus on every channel was
essentially that Chairman Mao, Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, and
Adolf Hitler employed the right solution for an armed nation
such as America - gun control! I
heard gun control advocate after gun control advocate all
pumping out their messages that we need stronger gun laws,
and that only government should have guns.
Only once did I hear an interviewee make sense. He said, "In
every gun massacre we have witnessed recently, there has
been the lack of a guns in the hands of the victims." Here
we have a man entering a theater, shooting round after
round, killing everyone in sight, and not a one could defend
himself, or other innocence people also in the theater.
It came down to the shooter expending all his ammunition.
Just so in Newtown. The only resistance the shooter faced
was a psychologist and a principle charged him bare handed
only to be shot dead. With them dead, he was free to
continue to kill as many six year olds as he could.
Shooter had no grievances with these little children, his
plan was to only glean maximum public rage. He was
successful at that, and he had no opposition. With his
mission accomplished, he then decided to take his own life.
No one other than a single voice on the media I saw
asked for consideration of the many lives that could have
been saved if only the psychologist and the principle were
armed. Like a lightening rod, anyone at that time with a gun
would have drawn away fire when fired upon by another person
with a gun.
In fact, even if someone had a gun containing blanks, it
would have drawn away the firing at children and potentially
saved some of the children's lives.
Now I have entitles this article, "Should Churched
People Bear Arms?" Some may be saying, "We don't need guns
in Churches." My response would be, "And likewise we don't
need guns in kindergarten classes."
The objective goal at Newtown was maximum public outrage. I
argue that there would be more of a motivation for shooting
27 people at your local Church on Sunday morning because
they disagreed with the pastor's message the week before.
We have now have a politician shot through the head, a
theater bloodied up with dead bodies, and now a class full
little children waisted. Are the Churches next? I ask, what
are the plans if someone entered your local Church Sunday
morning armed to the teeth and started unloaded upon the
congregation? Well, you might say, "Well, I am ready to go
home to be with the Lord, and I am willing to die for my
faith!" But such nonchalance misses the issue. This is not
about your going to heaven, but you standing up for what is
right, and protecting those who may not be ready to step out
The Greatest Authority n this is God Himself. In Luke 22:35
& 36 we read, "And he said unto them, When I sent you
without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing?
And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he
that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip:
and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy
one." In modern-day language, Christ would have said, "When
you go out witnessing for the truth, if you don't have a
gun, go sell whatever you have to buy yourself a gun."
Thus, Christ taught self-defense, as the sword in that day
was not used for spreading butter, or for peeling potatoes.
I ask, did God frown upon the action our Founding Fathers in
declaring independence from the tyrant, King George, III? I
say Nay! History reveals that it was the pastors who led the
People in the fight for freedom in the founding of this
nation. Pastors carried guns under their robes and were
prepared to lead their People in the cause. Just so, I ask,
would it be wrong for pastors today to keep a gun under
their pulpits? I think not.
Let us contemplate the March 23, 1775 words of Patrick
Henry spoken in St. John's Church in Richmond, Va., "Why
stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What
would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to
be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it,
Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as
for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
Please note, that I did not entitled this article,
"Should The Churched Own Arms," but "Should The Churched
Bear Arms?" The word "Bear" in the Second Amendment of the
Constitution means, "Carry." Truly, I have seen faithful
church goers packing arms on their hips as they pasted
through the doors of their Church!
I once had the opportunity of watching a movie of a
small town such as Newtown, Connecticut in which the
District Attorney had an appointment with his wife and their
little girl at a local restaurant in town. However, when he
got there, he found the partitioned off by the police as a
crime scene. He, being the D.A., pushed aside the yellow
partitioning and entered the scene. Within he found many
bloody bodies laying around everywhere. He told the police
that he had a appointment with his wife and daughter there,
and asked about their affair. The police reluctantly told
him that they both were shot up. The D.A. became an emotion
wreck, and he had to be restrained.
What had happened was three men wearing masks over the face
came in with shotguns and told everyone "Freeze." Everyone
was instructed to empty everything out of their pockets,
including their watches, rings and bracelets, and place them
into the bag they were carrying. The D.A.'s little girl
started crying frantically, and her mother raised to comfort
her daughter, but this move made the trigger-happy thieves
nervous, and one of the robbers cut lose with a blast from
his shotgun. Then spontaneously the rest of the thieves
started shooting. The result was a bloody massacre, with his
wife and child dead.
After the passing of time, the D.A. was able to make an
emotional recovery. Thereafter, he envisioned the scene if
everyone in the restaurant was carrying a gun. The film
reenacted the scent as envisioned by the District Attorney,
in which these same three armed masked men entered the
restaurant and shouted, "Everyone freeze." With you then
heard was several gun hammers being pulled back with the
robbers realizing they were surrounded by an armed public,
and they dropped their weapons to the floor with no one
After this fashion, let us recreate the scene in Newtown,
CT. of a gunman entering the building via a window and fired
off twelve rounds of ammunition, killing four children. But
instead of everyone being without arms, the psychologist
and the principle quickly drew their guns, and
wounding the shooter, and averted his shooting and killing a
total of 20 school children and seven adults, including the
psychologist and the principle.
The obvious point being, the only real and positive way to
stopped crazed individuals shooting guns is to equal the
playing field, i.e., shoot back! In every real case of the
mass shootings we know about, a gun doubtless would have
mitigated the scene. Then, of course, the national media
would have to then search for a spin to place on the scene,
for we just can not have citizens with guns blowing away
individuals, even if they be criminals in the act. After
all, we have to learn to be kind and loving, and reason with
armed criminals while they are blowing away innocent
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