This Christmas, the world seems a little darker. 20 precious children are now home in the arms of Jesus, where they will never again be afraid. Their families and friends, however, remain in this world to deal with the unimaginable heartache of a sudden and tragic loss. Countless lives will never be the same.
With all that has happened, it’s hard to fault those who, grasping for answers, turn to gun control. Even I, who grew up around guns and firmly believe that our right to bear arms has nothing to do with hunting, have been fearful of bringing guns into our home. I empathize with the feelings behind many well-meaning citizens who would love to live in a world without guns.
This, however, is very flawed reasoning. As Thomas Sowell points out in his article, The Great Gun Control Fallacy, Russia, Brazil and Mexico have stronger gun control laws and higher murder rates than the United States, while Switzerland, New Zealand, Finland and Israel all have high gun ownership and low murder rates. I would also point out that drug cartels are slaughtering people with guns in Mexico, despite the fact that gun ownership by civilians is virtually impossible.
The simple fact is that disarmament of citizen always leads to government takeover of a once free country and/or mass murder of it’s own citizens. The Nazis used gun registration records to disarm German Jews and political opponents before killing over 21 million people. Stalin disarmed Russia before killing 20 million Russians. Mao disarmed China and then killed more than 10 million Chinese. And the list goes on and on.
Our founders knew this when they established the Bill of Rights. We’re all familiar with second amendment, which 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.”
Those who believe in strict gun control laws often argue that the “Militia” that the second amendment refers to speaking of government organized militia, such as the National Guard. However, George Mason, known along with James Madison as the “Father of the United States Bill of Rights” and who opposed ratification of the Constitution without the Bill of Rights, said, “I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people … To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”
George Washington was very clear about his opinion on the subject when he said, “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
No matter how much we would like to believe that what has happened in other parts of this world could never happen in The United States, one of two reasons that we have remained a free people for over 200 years is because of an armed citizenry.
The other reason is because of the grace of God.
Ultimately, no matter how many laws are passed, lawless people will never obey them. The reason for tragedies like the one in Connecticut and others lies in the souls of mankind. It has been five decades since the American people threw God out of our schools and began to teach that we were not, in fact, created equally by God with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, but instead that we are only here by random chance, evolved from bacteria with no real purpose to our lives. It has been at least that long since Americans began to reject the love of a Savior that gave His life for all of humanity in favor of a “do what is right for me” gospel.
America, we must wake up and accept the fact that if we do not return to God, we will see more of these types of tragedies. The choice, to me, is very simple. Serve a God who loves us enough to die for us and desires only our good, or serve self, live for self and face the possibility of losing our nation.
There will be political battles to fight, and we must fight those battles if we expect to remain free. But the most important battle that we have to fight is a spiritual one. Thomas Jefferson said, “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?” I think this is good advice. We must preserve our liberties by preserving the spirit of resistance to tyranny – political tyranny to be sure – but also tyranny that comes from the enemy of our souls who seeks to dominate our minds, our bodies, our emotions and our spirits!
Perhaps we should all take a good look at the Bill of Rights again and remember what our founders sacrificed to give it to us. Right now, we have the freedom to determine the direction this nation will take and to vote out of office those who would take our liberties. Let’s not take that right for granted.