By Brad Bianchi
I heard one of my more conservative free-thinking friends speak out in defense of an American’s right to bear arms, to amass as many weapons as he or she may choose, without the obtrusive regulations of the Socialist American Government. He was a little heated. Perhaps he believed he had a right to be. After all, here was Obama, coming to get his guns. At the end of his diatribe, I clearly smiled when he said, “After all, it’s my God-given right to bear arms.”
Needless to say, it was the end of the conversation. How can you argue with that? At least on his level. I wasn’t aware that God had given this man, or any man, the right to bear arms. But, not wanting to be ignorant of the subject, I sought out the history of the firearm. I wanted to see, first, if God invented or even placed the gun here with Adam and Eve–for hunting or protection.
If I could find no evidence of that, I wanted to see what the Bible says about gun ownership. If I could find no mention of that, I wanted to see who invented the gun. Perhaps, whoever invented the gun, had the direct hand of God leading him. After roughly forty five minutes of searching, I came up with none of that. The nearest I could find was that the Chinese invented the firearm in the 10th century AD (after inventing gunpowder in the 9th century AD). But, the article does not mention God’s involvement or His sanctioning of such weapons.
Then a word popped into my mind. I thought I had coined a new word. I was so excited. The word I came up with was “Hypochristian.” I thought to myself, “This man calls himself a Christian. But, is he a Christian? Or is he a hypocrite?
So, here again, I turned to the internet. And there it was, the word “Hypochristian.” Darn, I thought that was MY word! But, no, clear as day, written in the Urban Dictionary is the term “hypochristian.” Here is the official Urban Dictionary definition of the word Hypochristian: “Contraction of the words ‘hypocrite’ and ‘Christian’. Any Christian who claims to follow the teaching of Christ but whose belief structure, values and/or actions directly contradict such a claim.”
“Typically, hypochristians support things such as the death penalty, engage heavily in proselytizing and judgment of others whose beliefs differ from theirs. Additionally, they often oppose things that go against their beliefs such as gay marriage, evolution, and other scientific law amidst wide amounts of ethical, scientific, moral, and logical arguments (even within their own supposed claim of beliefs) that would prove otherwise. Hypochristians are best categorized as individuals so stubbornly and fanatically devoted to their beliefs that they border on sheer stupidity.” Well, there it was. And, I couldn’t have said it better.
I have long been perplexed by America’s obsession with guns. And, let’s be honest, we are statistically to the point now where we have to admit that America has an “obsession” with guns. A recent Pew Research Center survey indicates roughly one third of households report having a gun in the home. That includes 34% of families with children younger than age 12.
There is an estimated range of 270 to 310 million guns in the United States. That is close to one firearm for every man, woman and child. The US ranks #1 in private gun ownership out of a list of 178 countries. On average, roughly 30,000 people die from firearms each year through homicide, suicide or accidental death. But, I digress, let’s get back to the issue of God and guns.
I consider myself a Christian. And, sometimes, when my way forward seems unclear, I say to myself, “What would Jesus do?” I find that, if I ask myself that simple question, I often find the most simple, kind hearted answer.
And so, to my open minded friends who claim that the Lord, the Government or the Constitution gives American’s the right to continue on our unfettered path forward in gun ownership, I would simply say, “What would Jesus do?” Were Jesus to walk the earth today, would he sit with the NRA at a congressional hearing and make the argument that the NRA makes to the American people? Would he call for an elimination, reduction or control of guns in our society? Or, as my friend suggests, would he protect every man’s right to wage war on every man who wages war on him?
I would suggest that we all take a cold-hard look at who really is dictating the conversation American’s are having about gun control today. If you find that those who really control the issue today are not in keeping with your own beliefs, you owe it to your own dignity to make your voice heard so that upon America’s next senseless killing you can be one who can honestly say, “I tried to stop that from happening.”
Brad Bianchi has been a financial planner for more than 19 years. He has a degree in Broadcasting and Journalism from Montclair University and lives in San Diego with his wife and three of his four children.
Editor Note: Mr Bianchi’s article has been lightly edited for length and clarity.