Several examples of Christians opposing all violence and means of self defense have been in the news lately, and I can't deal with all such examples. But three particular examples come to mind, and I first want to show you one example from Mr. Robert Schenck in a ridiculously titled article, Christ or a Glock. "Well, first of all you're making an immediate decision that if someone invades your home, they are going to die," Rev. Schenck replied. "So you are ready to kill another human being [read more]
Via reporter Mack, opinion from Virginia:
Concealed carry needs to be done away with. All gun owners should carry openly.
When you meet me on the street, you don’t know I’m a loving wife, devoted mother, Girl Scout troop leader, Sunday school teacher and soccer mom.I don’t know those things about you either, but if you open carry, I know two things I need to know: 1. You are prepared; 2. willing to kill me.
When I see you at the counter in Starbucks, I should have the right to decide if I want that coffee now or leave the store immediately.
When I drop my sons at soccer practice and see you’re one of the coaches, I should have the right to decide if my son joins another team or plays Little League.
Concealed-carry gun owners have all the rights. It’s time people who don’t like guns have rights, too.
The comments are a hoot. Well Kimberly, it ain’t no skin off of my back. I’ve said before many times that I would prefer to open carry simply because of the level of comfort having to do with carrying OWB versus IWB. It is my understanding that two centuries ago it was considered dishonorable to conceal a weapon anyway. Honorable men displayed weapons for all to see.
But the problem is this. Suppose we stipulate that such a law wouldn’t infringe upon a right (a point I do not grant, by the way, but stipulate for the sake of argument). Making this law doesn’t lead to observance of that law, the deadly weakness of all such progressive social planning. Setting the regulation in place does nothing to effect compliance, because … ahem … the weapon would be concealed, not openly displayed.
In other words, such a law would only affect peaceable, law abiding men, not criminals who were never going to obey the law regardless of what it says. So you see Kimberly, your proposed law does no more than the opposite proposal does for the folks who fear the public carrying of weapons. Yes, that’s right, Kimberly. Some people want to prohibit what you want to encourage.
They want to prohibit open carry because the law forces hiding the weapon, and since it is out of sight they can pretend that it doesn’t exist. You want to force open carry by law so that you can pretend that concealed weapons don’t exist. In either case, this is a psychological problem, one which you ought to take up with your pastor or church counselor rather than the state legislature.