I have mixed emotions on the subject of gun control and gun violence.
I am the owner of an AK-47. I’m told an AK-47 is the most popular rifle in the world because it is lite-weight, easy to carry, accurate and uses inexpensive ammunition. I use my AK-47 for deer hunting.
I would gladly give up my gun and buy another gun for hunting if I was convinced that we could end the gun violence madness with a ban on assault type guns and limiting magazine clip size.
I’m not the brightest bulb in the box, but it appears to me that limiting certain types of guns or even confiscating all guns would only create an underground element which would control the sale and distribution of guns.
History is on my side with this line of reasoning. Consider our current war on drugs and the prohibition of liquor in the early 1900’s. Both created criminal underground elements as a result of our efforts to curb drugs and alcohol. America has used all resources at hand to stem the drug problem and after years of fighting the the war on drugs, we are no closer to solving the drug problem than we were in the 60’s. Crime bosses became rich and famous during the prohibition era. Only legalization could prevent the criminal underground element of alcohol sales.
Just a question…. would we win the criminal war on pot if we legalized pot? History says yes.
Would my fellow Christians vote to restore prohibition against alcohol, drive it underground, give control back to the criminals, place everybody that drinks under arrest and send them to jail for possession of alcohol.
I certainly would not vote to do so, but because of evolved hyprocrisy in America, I might temporarily enjoy witnessing feigned outrage by citizens.
We must ask ourselves. What would be the short and long term consequences of disarming law abiding citizens in America where only the government and criminals would have guns? I find the scenario scary.
Would not criminal activity thrive even more in a disarmed America? Would not a weapons black market flourish in a unarmed America? Would not cherished freedoms be threatened in a gun free America? Would we be ushering in an era of suicide bombers with gun control?
A cursory search of countries with gun bans would answer these questions for you.
Perhaps some communities do need armed guards in their schools to protect children. However, the war on alcohol did not prevent alcohol abuse; the war on drugs did not prevent drug use and we are kidding ourselves – if we choose to believe – the war on guns will prevent violence.
Those of you who know me, understand that I am not promoting alcohol and drugs. Nor am I promoting the criminal use of guns. Each is here to stay and I wanted to express my opinion of what I believe is the most sensible way to live with them.
I know there will be no perfect peace until the Prince of Peace returns. I hope and pray that we are smart enough to use the common sense given to us by God.
Submitted by Roger Harrison…….younger brother to dharrison.