Guns and Moses

23 Feb

According to a recent Gallup poll, an overwhelming number of Americans are in favor of women serving in combat. And both  sexes seem to be in agreement, with 76 percent of women and 73 percent of men claiming to be in favor of the idea. Seventy-four percent of those polled said they would vote for the move, while only twenty percent said they would vote against such a plan…

We’ve come a long way from our Garden of Eden haven’t we?

That got me to thinking about what it would be like to live in a world without guns, killing and the desire for violence and  it occurred to me that once upon a time human civilization did have such a time.

When humans first appeared on the planet there were no guns…but then over the years humans learned to use their brains and began to develop tools to make their lives, their work, their desires and their defense against predators easier.

And gradually, only a few thousand years later, we are headed towards a society where most everyone will own or will advocate the owning of a gun for everyone else’s own protection…and from whom? Each other!

Apparently despite the laws of man and Moses and most specifically “Thou shall not Kill”, we have decided that the best way to not kill is by giving everyone the ability to kill. Do you suppose this was what the religious law givers were hoping we would  do?

In any case we’ve gone from not being able to kill, to killing, then to religious beliefs and a god that forbids killing, to revolutionary governments that protect our god given rights to kill, to weapons of mass destruction that will kill us all if we dare to use them… and now look where we are…debating whether we need more guns or…fewer guns and whether or not we need women to join in on the fun?

It doesn’t make a lot of sense but this is where we are today and despite our country’s apparent love for Moses and his laws it seems that we have chosen to love guns more. I doubt that we will ever possess the courage or the where-with-all to go back to where we started so now we have to figure out how we’re going to remain safe with all of these guns around to tempt us into being deadly.

And after all of this debate there is only one thing that I now know for certain!

Asking someone like Ted Nugent what he thinks is a complete waste of time.

If only evolution and sense had more of a relationship with each other.

15 Responses to “Guns and Moses”

  1. jcmarckx2009 February 23, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    Long before the inventions of guns, humans, for centuries, have been finding ways to hurt other humans. Remember the Brass Cow? The Rack? We may have started out without guns, but we have always found ways to kill each other off.
    I’m with you, though; I’d love to push a magic button and make all the guns and bombs disappear, but then we would still find ways to kill others.

  2. RAB February 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Amen.

  3. aurorawatcherak February 23, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Cain found a way to kill Abel. Do you think he did that with harsh language and angry looks? No, he used some sort of weapons — a rock, a club, the hoe he’d fashioned to farm.

    I’m a small woman. So was my mother. When three men (who — unbeknownst to us — had a gun with them) tried to break into our home, there was no way we were going to defend ourselves physically. My mother’s handgun was the only thing that stood befween me and three rapists, because we called the cops and were told they couldn’t come just yet. Those men, afraid of Mom’s gun, went down the street and found someone who didn’t have a gun and they used their gun to shoot his dog and pistol-whip him and then they raped his daughter and set fire to his home.

    An armed society is a much politer society. That was 40 years ago. Since that time, a lot more Alaskans have armed themselves and we have far fewer of these incidents, especially after a few homeowners shot and killed a few people who didn’t belong in their homes and the State of Alaska refused to press charges.

    It would be lovely if the world were a friendly place where nobody hurt anyone, but that’s not the world we live in. When Jesus comes back, I’ll give up my guns. Until then, I need them.

    • gpicone February 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

      II just hope you don’t need them after Jesus comes back!

  4. Susanna February 24, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    You’re so cool.

  5. jeaninerenzoni February 24, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    I think people answer a different question than the one that’s asked when talking about guns. I think they answer a question about trusting themselves and not trusting others. And its easy to say, ‘yes I trust myself and I wouldn’t shoot kids or movie goers, I would just protect my family and myself. And if I want to sell a gun to my neighbor I should be able to without any rig-a-ma-roll.’ But that isn’t the question and that doesn’t deal with the risks of having a high percentage of us armed and shooting ourselves and others – proving that quite a few of us really shouldn’t have access to guns; and many of them are people we love or did love. Then another question that’s answered is about trusting the government and the easy answer seems to be no, despite this being a democratic Republic, which indicates that we don’t trust ourselves…lovely, strange, hm. So we should trust ourselves with guns because it’s a constitutional right, but not with political decisions because, despite it being the main reason for the constitution -‘governing’, well we don’t like it when others don’t vote/think like we do.:)

  6. Harold Knight February 24, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    An armed society is a much politer society? “Polite” comes from the Latin for “polished or smooth,” first used in English in the sense of “elegant, cultured” around 1500, meaning “behaving courteously” Let’s redefine our entire vocabulary in our self-justification. Now behaving courteously is threatening to blow your brains out if you don’t do what I want you to? Please, find me an impolite society!

  7. Ryan Naylor February 24, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    Our own thoughts do more harm than any external device. The use of violence (mental, spiritual, physical, etc.) is simply a reflection of our thinking. As long as we think the answer lies on fixing the outside, we will continue to cause harm.

  8. brandeesbest.com February 25, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    I look forward to your posts, by far one of the most entertaining and thought provoking blogs out there!

  9. elizjamison February 25, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    You’re right about humans having no common sense over time. It seems that we never learn from our mistakes. We don’t “practice what we preach” and we fail to see the big pictures. However, I still can’t believe that it’s the guns that make us violent. You said it yourself…we have brains and so created weapons…before we had guns there was violence (even back to the first two brothers, right). Violence unfortunately is a part of human nature. I hate it though.

    Good post. I particularly love this paragraph:
    “In any case we’ve gone from not being able to kill…women joining in on the fun”. Really a perfect way to sum up the chaos that our world has become.

  10. alesiablogs February 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Ted Nugent can Kiss my royal ass. lol In all honesty–I am a veteran and have no problem with gun ownership, but so much needs to be done to fix our problems and I hope the President gets a chance to do just that. I actually wrote about this also: http://alesiablogs.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/childhood-mia/

  11. beingzora February 26, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    Thanks for the *Like* at BeingZora… I really liked Children of the Porn! Zee

  12. News Burp March 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    As a veteran of the USAF, a retired police officer AND a born-again Christian, I am not in favor of gun control. As some others have noted here, it isn’t weaponry that causes people to kill but the evil that resides in their hearts. Take away guns and wicked people will find other means to kill if that is the desire of their hearts. I wish things were different and look forward to a day when things will be as we’re told in per God’s Word, but this isn’t that time.

    While our Constitution isn’t divine like scripture, I believe some of it comes pretty close to being, at least if our measuring stick is the good it brings to humanity.

    Beyond the Constitution itself, a lot of people lose sight of its historical backdrop. But our Second Amendment was born in hindsight of the Revolutionary War. In the aftermath of our independence being won, our Founding Fathers wrote it to ensure that we, the American people, would always legally have the means to resist tyrannical government like that our forefathers had under King George.

    Around the world, history records what happens when free men are stripped of their arms by government. Mao did it in China, after which he tyrannically killed millions of his own. Stalin did the same, etc. and etc. It’s a history written in blood, most of that blood innocent no less. We’d do well, bearing that in mind, not to lose sight of history around the world. Why? Because those who refuse to examine history are often doomed to repeat it.

    Freedom is a God-given right, I humbly believe. It is for that reason I firmly support the Second Amendment and oppose gun control. I could write a book here concerning why I’m opposed to the current gun grab schemes afoot, but what I’ve written here is a short version. The long version might put some of you to sleep so I digress, but this is essentially my view. I could get into the meat of the ongoing debate, but I’ll leave it at this for now.

    Thank you for this great post!

  13. elroyjones March 6, 2013 at 10:40 pm #

    The last two sentences are brilliant.

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