The Second Command… I mean Amendment

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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:

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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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3 thoughts on “The Second Command… I mean Amendment

  1. Lauren Reply

    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.

  2. Kevin D Reply

    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?

    1. Traveling Nun Reply

      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.

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