This question is for everyone involved in any way – making, selling, buying, enabling, encouraging, Etc. the use of assault weapons for “personal” use. I mean – please!
Assault weapons are not for hunting. Especially when they’re in full automatic mode. That’s more like full mince-meat mode when hunting. There won’t be anything left to eat. And don’t even try to talk about “sport” – in any mode. There’s nothing “sporting” about it.
Assault weapons are not for target practice either. Unless the goal is to shred the target, it’s way overkill. And if you can’t hit a target with a fully automatic weapon – well – I don’t think we even need to go there.
And personal defense? Seriously? You’re claiming that you need an assault weapon – possibly fully automatic – for personal defense? Are you really going to keep it safely locked up, and then make it ready for an unexpected intruder – before you’re already overwhelmed by the intruder? Get real.
And then there’s the ever popular myth that we need it for something like the militias in Revolutionary War times. Honestly? Fully automatic assault weapons are among the least lethal weapons that the government can use against you if you’re planning something like that. Unless you’re like the guy in Texas who just brought over a WW II tank and parked it in his front yard – your fully automatic weapon isn’t going to help you. At all. Even the guy with the tank – is it really a match for someone sitting thousands of miles away – remote control flying an unmanned drone – carrying a GPS guided bomb?
There’s only one functional use for these weapons – to kill people. Lots of people. Quickly.
The religious right?
Things get weirder though. Those favoring our “right” to own, carry and use assault weapons – and fight to protect our right to make them fully automatic – are generally the Republicans, including the part that’s called the religious right.
Here are some questions for you if you’re in that group.
Do you really think the God you claim to believe in and follow would be pleased about the part you play in this whole assault weapon industry? Maybe you make them for sale to individuals. Maybe you sell them. Maybe you protect the right for people to have them – at the same time protecting our “right” to be killed by them? Maybe you own one, claiming one of the reasons above for having it. Would God be pleased with you?
Maybe it’s the money – not the actual weapon. You like the money you get from making, selling, “protecting” rights, whatever. Would God be pleased with you?
In the end
At some point, we all die.
At some point we all face Jesus.
Will it be a problem for you that there aren’t any assault weapons in Heaven? Actually – that question may not even be relevant. If assault weapons are as important to you as they seem to be to many people – maybe you’ll never make it to Heaven.
Another question. If you play a part in allowing, promoting, using assault weapons, when you face Jesus after your death – do you really expect Him to say (Mt 25:21 “His master replied,) ’Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
Or – are you not more likely to hear (Mt 7:21-23) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
If you’re part of this assault weapon issue – allowing it to continue – whether you actively participate or passively do nothing to stop it – you’ve got one advantage over the people who’ve been killed by these weapons.
The ones who’ve died, in part because of your actions or non-actions, who were not saved – did not know Jesus – they’re doomed to Hell.
But you – you’re still alive. You still have a chance. You can still listen to these words from Jesus – and take them to heart –
Mt 4:17 … “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”