Gun Control and the 2nd Amendment

Last updated on February 9th, 2020

Democratic Party leaders promote expanding gun control restrictions on gun ownership and related sales.  While they say it should improve public safety, research shows it normally makes places less safe.  Democrats have run cities like Chicago and Baltimore for years and have very restrictive gun laws, but remain high crime areas.  One reason is because law abiding citizens cannot defend themselves or others against criminals with guns. 

Gun Control in line with the Second Amendment

The United States Constitution had a series of amendments, the first ten they collected in the Bill of Rights. It states in the second amendment:
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.

Guns in the hands of the righteous and good citizens is a deterrent to violence from the wicked. Also it is useful in the prevention of tyranny. In the event of someone taking evil actions with guns, the righteous can stop their violence better with weapons.

Crime rates go down when responsible gun ownership and concealed carry permits go up.  Spending government money to confiscate or buy guns from law abiding citizens is a waste of money and resources.  They would be better off with qualifying and paying part time deputies to patrol high-crime areas in those cities.  Also, please promote the enforcement of existing laws to ensure background checks prevent criminals from easily purchasing guns.

We cannot prevent gun violence by limiting the responsible ownership of guns. A righteous person with a gun is most likely to stop someone with evil on their mind with a gun.

We can reduce violence by encouraging moral character that honors God. Also we should teach healthy ways to manage stress and conflict in our schools.

Pursuit of happiness

The authors of the U.S. Declaration of Independence wrote: “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.

The “Pursuit of happiness” was about seeking to live a righteous life that sought the welfare of others including community and nation as written in Leviticus 19:18 and expounded on by Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40 and Mark 12:28-34, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” As the love of Jesus increases, violence and wickedness decrease.

Let us encourage more civil discourse on politics and/or religion like Dan Crenshaw. Politicians and pundits across the political spectrum sometimes resort to name calling. Also they attack the character of those who disagree with their perspective. Some rudely interrupt others. I took a course on rhetoric in college. It emphasized the importance in presentation skills when presenting a topic, but it avoided debating. What our middle schools and high schools need are some lessons in healthy debate. Also they could use lessons in respectful dialogue on politics and religion.

Lots more people have died in Chicago from gun violence, where they have stricter gun control laws than Virginia Beach. Next you can check out the Virginia Beach Virginia Senate candidates comments on gun control in light of the recent shooting violence in Virginia Beach.

Additional resources

My page on Government Stewardship.

Gun Control and the 2nd Amendment - Good Government Stewardship

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