When Enough is Enough. ~ Jeff Fulmer

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on Aug 15, 2012
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Into the Cross hairs

High profile shootings occur every year or so; Gabby Giffords, Trayvon Martin, Virginia Tech and Columbine come to mind. The latest chapter was played out in Aurora, Colorado where a disturbed young man took his automatic rifle with a 100 round drum of bullets out on as many people as he could put in his cross hairs. Of course, other countries have mass shootings too (Norway and Finland), but they typically enact tough gun laws in the wake of their tragedies. Not so in the US.

The NRA and their supporters have been very effective in shouting down any movement toward common sense gun control. The United States leads the world in gun ownership and as a result, we have 20 times more gun-related murders (10,000 annually) as other high income countries. Afraid of a backlash, preachers and politicians typically sidestep the topic completely, leaving us doomed to repeat the same cycle of violence over and over again.

While the Second Amendment gives every citizen the right to bear arms, it was written when homesteaders were at the mercy of outlaws and Indians. It was back when neighbors formed posses and militias, and many hunted for food.

Now, virtually every community has a police force that is a 911 call away, not to mention grocery stores. We also have the most powerful military the world has ever known, so we are probably not in danger of being invaded by a foreign country any time soon.

The Second Amendment is also there to make a stand against our own government, should it become too oppressive.

Extreme gun enthusiasts are quick to find fault in public policies or certain politicians as an excuse to feed their dark fantasies and stockpile weapons. Civilization would have to become seriously derailed for guns to play a part in a survival scenario. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who had rather prepare for the Apocalypse than work for a better world in the here and now.

I know many pro-gun proponents who are strong Christians, but it is difficult to find support for their beliefs in the Bible. Sure, there are plenty of bloody battles in the Old Testament, but that does not mean that violence was ever God’s first choice.

God condemned the killing of Abel and, a couple of chapters later, we are told God decided to destroy the entire earth with a flood because:

“Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and full of violence.” (Genesis 6:11)

Even though King David was a man after God’s heart, he wasn’t allowed to build the temple because:

“You have been a man of war and have shed blood.” (I Chronicles 28:3)

Jesus presents a radically different approach to conflict resolution, whether he was blessing peacemakers, or telling his followers to turn the other cheek and love their enemies.

When the authorities arrested Jesus, Peter drew a sword and cut off a soldier’s ear.

“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)

Jesus challenges us to go beyond taking an eye for an eye, and examine how we view others, even those who would do us harm.

It is instinctual to want to protect our families, but more guns actually make society more dangerous.

Instead of finding compromise with reasonable restrictions (limiting high capacity clips and automatic weapons), some are trying to push guns into our parks, bars, and even our schools. Besides the number of shootings (accidental and otherwise) that will inevitably rise, we are becoming a nation that accepts violence as a way of life. As a result, we are moving further away from the example Jesus set on the cross and closer into the cross hairs.

Jeff Fulmer lives in Nashville Tennessee and is the author of the book Hometown Prophet. If God spoke through a prophet today, would we really want to hear what he has to say? You can also follow at Twitter or like on Facebook.



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2 Responses to “When Enough is Enough. ~ Jeff Fulmer”

  1. Edward Staskus says:

    In 2011, in that one year alone, American citizens purchased more guns than there are active military personnel in the next 14 armies (not counting the USA, which I arbitrarily put in first place, since it has a defense budget that exceeds those other 14 countries, combined) of the world, combined. There cannot be any doubt that we are, as you say, in the crosshairs.

  2. Mark Ledbetter says:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…”

    This is the part of the 2nd Amendment that people on both sides keep forgetting. Conservatives think they can defend themselves from America’s military with a gun at home. Liberals don’t see the connection between history’s greatest military and the shredding of the Constitution/Bill of Rights. Both sides are far from the understanding of the nation’s founders.

    That huge military budget mentioned by Edward, not to mention our endless cycle of wars, is one result of forgetting. The one point about which everyone at the Constitutional Convention agreed was that standing armies are the greatest threat to freedom. So they designed a system that would rely on civilian militias for defense, modeled after the Swiss system, which still functions very nicely. The Israeli system, by the way, is a virtual carbon copy of the Swiss system and still functions very effectively.

    Standing armies, world empire, the military-industrial complex, and bloated budgets are much greater threats to Americans and the world than the occasional lunatic, yet I see virtually nothing at Ele, or any mainstream site, about getting rid of standing armies and the Mil-Ind Complex

    We don’t need standing armies, at least if our intention is defense. “Well-regulated militias,” which are ferocious on defense, are cumbersome and rebellious on offense. Thus, in order to pursue empire, we have chosen to ignore the Constitution and move to a standing army system.

    I can’t recall ever touching an actual firearm. I certainly have no interest. I’m not an advocate of guns. But I AM an advocate of understanding the 2nd Amendment and indeed all the anti-war/anti-standing army provisions in the Constitution. Regulations on weapons buying are certainly in order. But ONLY in the context of our long forgotten Constitution, that great Swiss-like document for peace. Let’s not throw out the baby (the second amendment) with the bath water.