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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