Why are evangelicals in direct opposition to gun control?

Where does it say in the Bible that it’s a god-given right to bear arms? The second amendment says this, ‘”A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’ I’m not sure the wording of this is entirely suitable, considering a militia is generally associated with rebel and terrorist forces that are in direct opposition to the military. You’d think that part of being a Christian is preservation of life, and mass shootings in America has become an extremely serious social problem, so why don’t they support gun control, and why do so many advocate the National Rifle Association (NRA)?Their website claims that the The National Rifle Association is America’s longest-standing civil rights organization, and strengthening Americans‘ Second Amendment freedom to defend themselves, their families and their communities’. Whilst the NRA does focus on gun safety, and training on how to use firearms, and supported the gun control act of 1968, which put restrictions on certain classes of firearms, they’ve come under intense criticism for promoting the use of guns, aggressive advertising, and they’ve been under scrutiny from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) since its inception.

“The NRA has masterfully constructed a narrative based on gun rights propaganda, evoking images of a society devoid of rule of law and under constant threat of attack from an unidentified but ever-present enemy. By deploying a carefully crafted campaign of misinformation, deception, and confusion, the NRA has both undermined legitimate arguments for common-sense gun law reform and made it substantially more difficult for its emotive, provocative propaganda to be countered with fact and reason.” – Source

The NRA has shifted from supporting the safety of firearms, to advocating gun rights, and clearly the evangelical community has been sucked right in, but why are extremely religious Christians so obsessed with guns, and the freedom to protect themselves, if god is watching over them? How can the owning of a gun be a civil rights issue? Civil rights are about equality, protection for racial minorities, sexual minorities, and gender discrimination, not whether or not you can arm yourself to the teeth to take a trip to Walmart.

The argument that evangelicals have is simply outrageous, and so out of touch with reality it defies belief. They claim that guns aren’t the problem, and it’s the sinful nature of evil that has led to a national gun crisis, and taking away the liberty of owning guns won’t solve it. How can someone claim to be pro-life, but in the next breath say that the only way you’ll take away my guns is by prying them away from my dead fingers?

“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.”Matthew 26:52

Really?

I’ve read the claim that taking away the rights to bare arms would take away right wing Conservative Christian rights and the American family would break down. The U.S Congress formed the Bill of Rights in 1791, when America was much more of a lawless society, but it’s now 2020, and why is there still such an emphasis on guns when we are supposed to live in a more civilised world? I’m not someone who agrees with hunting, but they are personally so resins that I won’t get into, but if that’s what you wish to do, then you should have to apply for a licence to do it. I don’t agree that every day people should be allowed to carry guns in public. The idea that you need a gun to protect yourself is nonsensical, as if no one had guns, there’d be no need to to feel vulnerable. I live in the north of England, where there’s no firearms and in 46 years I’ve not once felt like my life has been in danger, and felt the need to arm myself. Guns are the problem, despite many Americans claiming that they’re not, and this was evident when Australia had a major gun amnesty in 1996, where people were encouraged to hand in weapons with fear of prosecution, and guess what? Gun crime, and gun homicides dropped dramatically. How many more massacres must America face before gun control is taken seriously?

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