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What the Founding Fathers and Jesus Had to Say About You and Guns

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Last week, one of my readers made a comment in the comment section questioning why I call the right to keep and bear arms my “God given right.” He spouted off a lot of anger about the notion and he highlighted exactly what the gun controllers would have us believe, that the right to keep and bear arms is a Man given right.  You see, if it’s a right given by man it can be taken by man.

Here’s his entire comment:

While I do agree that you should have the right to carry a firearm, not an m60 but a real side arm, where in the bible does it say that you’re allowed to carry a firearm? If you want to make a cogent argument for carrying a firearm leave God out of it. Otherwise you sound like a nut ball, gun toting, redneck, crazy person. There is no God given right that allows you to carry a firearm. That is a man made right. Again I support being able to carry a firearm, but bringing religion into it as a backup for your argument is ridiculous.

I question his actual belief in the 2nd Amendment because he starts off his comment by infringing upon his own right.  Next I wonder whether he is just an angry atheist because he equates believing and stating that God grants us our natural rights can somehow be construed as making one a “nutball, gun toting, redneck, crazy person.”

He goes on to once again claim that the right to keep and bear arms is a man made right and calls any reference to God “ridiculous.”

I wonder what this commenter has to say about the Founding Fathers and some of our most important written documents.

It starts at the very foundation of our nation.  Our first act of revolution declared that:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

And the Declaration of Independence ended with a firm belief and reliance on God:

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The birth of our nation came with the understanding that we are given rights, liberty and freedom from a power greater than man.  Therefore man cannot strip us of those rights.  They can deny us our rights but they cannot strip us of them.  Just because an innocent man goes to jail, that doesn’t make him guilty, as such the denial of a right does not mean that it is not a right all the same.

Why is the God given right to keep and bear arms so important?  How do I know that the right to keep and bear arms is one of those unalienable rights mentioned in the Declaration?

Because the Declaration goes on to talk about overthrowing tyranny and you don’t do that by talking about it.

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

You are not going to “throw off such Government” by having a drum circle.

I’ve been talking a lot about God given rights, but you may be asking “what does the bible say specifically about the right to keep and bear arms?”

That answer can be found in the book of Luke chapter 22 when Jesus spoke to his disciples:

“Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

That’s Jesus recommending that his disciples keep and bear arms even if they have to sell their cloaks in order to do so.

So not only is going out armed in the bible, it is also highlighted as an unalienable right given to us by God (or whomever you believe is your creator).

Here’s what our the Founding Fathers said on the subject:

“A free people ought to be armed.”
– George Washington

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”
– Thomas Jefferson

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