1) Who are the ones teaching the value of life?
2) What is that “value” considering we live in a culture of death, where our society does everything possible to protect the murder of unborn babies, where we invade and bomb the snot out of other nations and peoples, and we legally, in the name of justice, execute people?
3) Are those in favor of less gun control teaching the value of life?
4) What is the end goal with teaching the value of life? That they would no longer need to own a gun? If there is any value to life, then why would you own a gun, the purpose of which is to end life?
5) What do we do in the meantime, as a society, while we teach people the value of life? Or is it actually learned overnight and the change of heart immediate? Stands to reason that while the education happens, more and more men, women, and children will die in these massacres.
6) When the next massacre happens, how far along will we be in teaching people, particularly gun owners, the value of life?
I do not dispute the need to teach people the value of life. But the stark reality is that different people have different ideas about what that value is. And the very foundation for why someone owns a gun (for the purpose of self-defense as well as the purpose of attack) is because they, in practice (which reveals and dictates their theory and theology), have placed a lower value on the life of others than they do their own and the ones they wish to protect.
Gun Rights folks need to respond to what is going on. Not by grabbing their guns and buying more. But by giving our society a reasoned, thoughtful, knowledgable, and wise projection of what they plan to do to help.
Is it praying? If so, what do we pray for exactly? A society where guns are no longer necessary? If everyone has the same high value of life, then what is the need for guns in either self-defense or attack?
More support for the mentally ill? Sounds good, but not all of these massacres are perpetrated by mentally ill people. What about the sane? What about the lucid, cogent, reasonable people, who know exactly what they are doing, and why, and the consequences?
Focus on, suppress, or even expel Muslims? Well, your prejudice and your ignorance are your only crown. That’s simply ridiculous, and you ought to be ashamed of yourself, repent, and become educated about Islam. Blind, ignorant hate is foolishness. Pure and simple.
None of the above?
Perhaps there is something else; a real, viable, safe solution where people can still purchase guns and ammunition, including assault rifles and other automatic weapons, at will. I happen to be a real, reasonable, thinking person who listens to a wide variety of ideas, giving them their due while allowing people to share their views and have a voice. I appreciate the dialogue about serious issues that cannot be solved over night. I am open to the ideas and solutions gun rights activists might have. So far, however, I have seen only an irrational desire to embrace guns over and against the lives of others. Especially children.
The fact that not one thing has changed since Sandy Hook three years ago . . . except that there has been an incredible rise in the number of massacres committed by people using legally purchased guns . . . is emphatically clear: the value of life may very well be lower than the value of a gun.
I am a Christian, an Anabaptist in particular, a disciple of Jesus. How I value life is informed directly by Jesus, his life and his words. There are gun owners who are Christian as well, but our value of life differs. Why is that?
For my part, I am willing to listen and understand their perspective. I read, engage, listen, mull over, the writings and statements of Christian gun owners. But, historically (and fellow Anabaptists can attest with their own stories), such a courtesy is rarely reciprocated. I am willing to change my mind if convinced by Scripture and reason through dialogue.
Or are your guns worth more than even truth is?