Originally posted by Silver Shadow
It seems to me that a place of communal worship is about spirituality, humility, forgiveness, and seeking oneness with God. .
Guns are about imposing deadly force and aggression, the complete antithesis of spirituality.
Bringing guns into a church is sacrilege, and an abomination.
It could only happen in America.
This uneducated view is the problem with anti-gun advocates! Guns are not, and should not be about aggression, and they do not have to impose deadly
Throughout history guns have been tools. Shoot food. Shoot snakes scaring your horses. Shoot wolves attacking your flock. And, sometimes, the
wolves come in the shape of men, and the flock is unarmed in your pews! Why not arm the flock?
The mere mention of a gun will often deter a crime. The idea that someone may be armed at all will deter crime. I have mentioned several personal
incidents in other threads where guns were excellent deterrents, and they never even had to be seen!
Guns are not aggressive; guns are inanimate! People are aggressive, and when bad people get guns, they do aggressive things with them, and they get
away with it, because of the naive view of some of the good people. Do you think any one who knows Dooper has ever considered breaking into his home,
or mugging him on the street?!?
Here is a scenario for you to prove guns are not aggressive, and that they do actually deter crime:
Suppose you and Dooper go to the same church and it is filled with good people, and everyone knows both of your views. Now suppose a youth group of
teenager is trying to do good things for the community, and they do an outreach program. They befriend some kids that have some problems, and they
minister to them, and they even bring them to church. The kids talk and gossip a little, and the gun views of you and Dooper come out in the
conversation. Now one of those kids happens to relapse over the following days, and he is not in control, and he has to break into someone's home
for a fix! I wonder who's home he will consider first, middle, and last. He knows for certain Dooper has a gun, and will use it. He knows much of
the church may also be armed, because the state has lax gun laws, and because of the open discussion in the church and the friendliness to Doop. Now,
he also knows that you are a pacifist and are not armed, and will not resist! I think I know where his break-in will occur, and your pacifism will
not only embolden his crime, it will enable him to continue his negative behaviour and someone will eventually get hurt or killed because of it!
Now the crime occured, not because you or the criminal had a gun. It occured all on its own. The gun only served to defend Dooper's house, and
others associated with him, and it did so without ever leaving its drawer or being seen by the perpetrator at all!!! How is that sacreligious,
aggressive, or deadly?
[edit on 29-6-2009 by getreadyalready]