The Second Command… I mean Amendment

The Second Command… I mean Amendment


I was born in America. I was raised to believe that the Bill of Rights was God’s gift to mankind. I grew up memorizing the preamble to the Constitution and thoroughly internalizing the absolute necessity of the “right to bear arms.” I know all about the dangers of tyrannical government and the importance of self-defense. I get it. I get the Second Amendment and all the reasons why people protect it so religiously.

But actually I don’t get it anymore.

Honestly, I want to ask why this single Amendment is so religiously cherished within the American church. It doesn’t make sense to me at all. As I have begun really looking at the violent data our country produces each year, the rhetoric surrounding gun rights has started to sound absolutely insane. Take a look at the following data. I invite readers to defend a “right” that has created this type of environment:




If you are interested in reviewing any of this data yourself, check out the study published in 2010 by the American Journal of Medicine.

Honestly, I can’t look at this data any longer and pretend that the 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with it. It’s time we took a cold, hard look at what this “fundamental right” is doing to our people and truly consider how to curb its runaway abuse. Guns are not protecting us. They are killing us.

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5 years ago

And here I am feeling like, of all people, Christians should be the first group to give up guns, especially given the data of the evil it they lead to. All things are good but not all beneficial. Thanks for sharing.

Kevin D
Kevin D
5 years ago

I am a proponent of gun control. I believe that anyone given the “right” to possess a firearm should have a background check run on them; or, to put it another way, everyone has the right to possess a firearm, unless they forfeit that right for some articulable reason. From my experience in law enforcement, most of these violent crime statistics originate from illegal firearms, not from legally-possessed firearms. So, the bad guys and the violent crime in the United States will continue regardless of more control, but the good guys will be disarmed — and not able to defend themselves. What do you think?

Traveling Nun
5 years ago
Reply to  Kevin D

I think most people don’t realize that the very fact that guns are so readily available in the United States it’s exactly the reason why getting ahold of them illegally is so easy and prolific. If guns were made more difficult to own in the US and regulations tightened, the number of illegally owned guns would also go down, and homicides along with them. Other countries similar to the US have done it and it works.

Joshua Spell
4 years ago

First, you strike me as a very thoughtful person. You have so many good things to say, and having found your blog recently, I’m impressed by what I read here.

I have a strange take on Second Amendment issues (and most political things in general). It’s basically this: I don’t like guns, and I don’t like gun control. I can’t see myself owning a gun, except maybe a rifle to shoot varmint, and I don’t think having a gun would make me safer. In fact, I can think of several ways having a gun would make me *less* safe.

With that said, I’m deeply skeptical of gun control imposed by a massive Leviathan state. It doesn’t sit well with me. Plus, as someone increasingly drawn to non-violence, it would be inconsistent for me to advocate using the state’s guns to confiscate the guns of ordinary citizens. (Strange logic, I tell you: I’m a pacifist, therefore I don’t believe in gun control.)

So, what needs to be done? I don’t really know, but like James Howard Kunstler, I’m less concerned about guns per se than I am about the “violence-saturated, pornified culture of young men driven crazy by failure, loneliness and anger” (his words, not mine).

If you have time, read his piece entitled “Bang, You’re Dead.” I think you’ll like what he says.

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