NRA leadership has consistently taken a stand on the issue of gun reform following high profile massacres arguably beginning with Columbine forward. To sum it up, they’ve been anti-gun reform across the board.
We’ve all heard the talking points espoused by NRA leadership about guns. Only one of those will be addressed here:
“Owning guns is my God given right”.
This NRA talking point is important because guns weren’t invented until well after the Bible was written. Might that be overstating the obvious just a bit?
So, the logical question would be if God granted everyone the right to own guns, where is that right actually written down by God? Is it written in the Bible? Sorry, rhetorical question.
NRA Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, states: “The constitutional right to bear arms is not bestowed by man but granted by God to all Americans as our American birthright”.
Where’s LaPierre’s citation? Sorry, another rhetorical question.
I think it might be fair to say the Founding Fathers accepted the necessity of people being able to keep and bear arms in some capacity. I’m left wondering, though, where a reference to God might be in the sacrosanct 2nd Amendment, much less a reference to God granting Americans a right to keep and bear arms.
Heck, even the U.S. Supreme Court in their rulings on 2nd Amendment rights included nothing whatsoever referencing a ‘God given right’ to keep and bear arms….at least that I’ve been able to find. That’s kind of a concern because there’s something out there called Christian Right Dominionism, and one of this movement’s basic tenets is that gun ownership is, in fact, a ‘God given right’.
Factor in that “Christian Dominionists leave no room for other views or policies and religious freedom is for Christians only and their brand of Christianity”, and we might just have a little bit of a problem here.
A whole lot of politicians, past and present, tend toward Christian Right Dominionism. The article linked to above lists the likes of Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, and Sarah Palin. The Tea Party apparently also espouses this mantra. That should concern all of us.
Each of the folks listed above is well known for their pro-gun stance. Each of them is also well known for what some might consider their religious fervor. Each of them has been politically ambitious almost to a fault at one time or another in their career. Each of them has been known to offer nothing more than ‘thoughts and prayers’ following mass shootings. Talk to them about having guns everywhere, and they’re down with that. Talk to them about any viable, realistic solutions to the gun violence epidemic in our country, and ‘thoughts and prayers’ must do.
Throw a little bit of a Ted Nugent ‘mentality’ into the mix and the circle is complete. How so, you ask? The Nuge, a current sitting member on the NRA board of directors, advocates killing ALL Muslims. How’s that for some serious in your face religious intolerance?
I wonder, though, if the self-described Motor City Madman buys into the Dominionist ‘Khristian’ way of doing things. After all, he has been known to ‘pal around’ with Sarah Palin; she of the Dominionist leaning politicians from the list provided earlier. It might be a bit of a stretch to say The Nuge currently has Dominionist tendencies, but it is not a stretch to assert he is a hoplophiliac of the first order. After all, he does advocate a ‘guns everywhere’ mentality and promotes a “God-given, constitutionally given right to keep and bear arms” in lock-step with LaPierre’s stance.
If ‘Khristian’ Dominionism does somehow take full control (it’s already taken a pretty firm hold) in this country, might things actually turn into a Crusade the likes of which we learned about in school? Could we already be in one right now sans the swords and armed with something much more deadly?
What guts that would take, eh?
My two cents.
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