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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Simplicity: Weapons

I wish to pick up where I was interrupted and continue with a few more posts on the subject of simplicity.

Weapons used responsibly by Christians can do much to take dominion to the glory of God. Traditionally in the United States, guns were acknowledged to be a deterrent to tyranny in the civil government:


No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.(Thomas Jefferson, Proposal Virginia Constitution, Jefferson Papers)

A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country.
(James Madison, Annals of Congress [June 8, 1789])

What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty.... Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.
(Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment. Annals of Congress [August 17, 1789])

To disarm the people - that was the best and most effectual way to enslave them.
(George Mason)

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.
(James Madison)

More here.

Any nation, however small, that acknowledges the lordship of Jesus Christ can do great things for the Lord. Scottish law once required that every man worth ten pounds own a sword.
When America was first settled, young men received their first rifle at the general age of twelve, or whenever the father decided that he was mature enough to own his own weapon. Think how that flies in the face of the generally accepted idea of "adolescence". The men of the Confederate armies were so often able to defeat their opponents because the Confederates had been taught the use of weapons from an early age.

I think you get the point. I believe that I have proved that weapons are a necessary part of a simplistic lifestyle. If you have any questions about wether or not Christians should own guns, I will direct you to my series by that title.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Samuel B. Turley said...

Stephen,

Great Post! It's hard to believe how far we as a nation have drifted from the second amendment and from what the founders intended by it. Even the liberties we do have in regards to this right are rapidly vanishing.

I recently read another quote by Jefferson that was similar to Madison's: "A government that does not trust it's citizens with arms is not a government to be trusted."

November 25, 2008 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Stephen Boyd said...

Sam:
That is a great quote! And you are once again dead on. Of course, with the complete disregard of the Constitution, etc., what should we expect?

Thanks for the comment.

November 26, 2008 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Gravelbelly said...

Good post!

December 1, 2008 at 10:10 AM  

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