by Giovanni Neal (aka, Blame Girl)
It just sounds silly. Right? As I’ve debated guns over the past few days, I have heard many people evoke the name of the Lord when talking about their gun rights. The thing is, the right to “bear arms” in this country comes from a political, non religious document; The Bill of Rights. Yet, the American people feel more of a sense of entitlement to guns than healthcare or education. So did God really give us this right to cling to guns?
The right to “keep and bear arms” actually comes from a bit of religious history. In the 17th Century, there were religious tensions between Catholics and Protestants/Parliament and the Crown in England. King James II was pushing his Catholic agenda in a newly growing Protestant population. After rebellions, James maintained an army, and sought to confiscate property including weapons from Protestants. In 1688, the British Parliament passed the Bill of Rights to ensure that royalty would never again be able to disarm the public. That right remained with Parliament.
One hundred years later, in 1788 the United States, demanded a Bill of Rights of it’s own, including its own right to arms. This was because the same country’s parliament that demanded the right to bear arms from its own King and Queens imposed an arms embargo on the American colonies. So after the colonist rebelled and gained independence they again made sure they could keep their guns. The Second Amendment states:
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.
Though the right to “keep and bear arms” initially came from religious motives, I don’t think it came from God. I believe it comes from politics, which often leads to civil war. Be it over religion or tyranny in general, the people do need a way to resist government authority. For example, take the AR-15 that was among the weapons the shooter in the recent Aurora had. I say the private public doesn’t need military grade weapons, but many claim we must have access to the same equipment as the military. As military technology grows, does that mean so should the arsenal available to a “militia?” That scares me. It’s already disturbing that the military has drones; so should normal Americans have drones too? For safety? My God given instinct says, “NO!”
Why would God grant the right to guns, when we have to fight politically in order to pass laws for human rights, like medicine and education? I am of the school of thought to natural rights come from things we all should have naturally, such as freedom from enslavement, or freedom from tyranny, freedom to love. People evoke God’s name to justify all types of things; guns and politics included.
When I think God, guns aren’t in the picture. I think about the good in the world. I think about nature. I think about life. Guns are neither good nor natural; and they take lives by the masses.