Recently, this video surfaced on Facebook revealing a “gun store” and provided “first-time gun owners” a glimpse into the “histories” of those guns. See here:
The video above is less a social experiment and more of an emotionally-charged scare tactic. The weapons or “guns” as they call them, all have horrible “histories” behind them and the “gun store owner” is extremely passionate about all of the murders and accidental killings involved with all of the “guns” and proceeds to tell all of the “potential first-time gun owners” all about them. Why is this video fake?
- The statistic in the beginning of the video has no sources, and even if it did, it is faulty logic. It said:”Over 60% of Americans think that owning a gun will make their lives safer. In fact, owning a gun increases the risk of homicide, suicide, and unintentional death”.Owning a car also increases the risk of homicide, suicide, and unintentional death. The reason is because both are dangerous objects if not used properly, especially if alcohol or drugs were used before driving.
- If an object can be to blame for people’s actions and retain a criminal history, then why are there not videos like this about knives, cars, swimming pools, baseball bats, and other things used in homicide or suicide? The point could be raised that none of those things “kill” as many people as “guns” do. But even with that point, if you blame one object for mass murder/destruction, then why aren’t all other similar objects to blame as well? According to the CDC’s statistics on abortion (see here: http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/) in just 2011, 730322 legal abortions took place. That is 730322 lives murdered in 2011, at the “fault” of surgical instruments. There is no video posted online about the histories of surgical instruments in gruesome detail.
A comment that has since been deleted said: Guns are “murder machines”.
Knowing that murder is an evil act where a person intentionally takes the life of another (whereas killing is a lesser act, and usually has some justifiable reason such as in defense of self or others, or for hunting for food), this can lead to one of two meanings:
- Guns are Evil
- Guns have the capacity to be used for Evil purposes
(1) cannot be true because firearms are not sentient beings. They have no understanding of “good” or “evil”. Firearms are tools used by humans. Humans, on the other hand, are sentient beings and have the mental capacity to do “good” or “evil” deeds. A human with a gun can use it constructively (such as defense of self or others against evil actions of another or wild animals, or for hunting for food) or they can use it destructively (such as murder of any life, human or animal). Therefore, firearms (or “guns”) cannot be Evil, but the user behind it can be evil or commit evil actions.
(2) can be true, but it is based on fuzzy logic. Can anything else in this world (inanimate objects) have the capacity to be used for Evil purposes? Yes, many things can, so this logic is flawed. An ordinary kitchen knife has been used in countless murders not only in America but globally as well. A kitchen knife’s purpose is a tool used in the kitchen to aid in preparation of food (constructive). Since it is sharp, it can also be used as a stabbing weapon (destructive). A MagLight flashlight is a very sturdy flashlight (constructive) but can be used as a bludgeoning weapon (destructive). A baseball bat has the purpose of hitting baseballs in the self-titled sport (constructive). A baseball bat can also be used as a bludgeoning weapon (destructive). The same can be said for a multitude of other inanimate objects.
The logic that Guns are “murder machines” is flawed in both examples. Some might say “But guns are used for the purpose of murder!”. One of the purposes of a firearm is to defend oneself or others, which can lead to death. But firearms are merely tools used by humans. You would not consider police and military members Evil just because they train on and use firearms. But for some reason, law-abiding citizens are considered crazy and dangerous if they own firearms (as portrayed by the video). Either ALL firearm owners/users are Evil or they are considered humans using tools to do their job (defense of self or others) and may either use them constructively (“good”) or destructively (“evil”). If ALL firearm owners/users are Evil because weapons have the capacity to do Evil, then all inanimate objects used in murders since the dawn of mankind, are also Evil since they had the capacity to do Evil and Evil was committed. So this list would be incredibly long and contain sticks, stones, bricks, logs, kitchen knives, sports equipment, pens, flashlights, firearms, etc… and ALL of them should be considered Evil and banned, but this is not the case, only “guns” are considered Evil (or have the ability to commit Evil acts) and have policies to ban them.
Not only that, but banning things that are considered evil do not deter people with evil intentions. The prohibition did not stop alcohol manufacturing or sales, the “War on Drugs” did not stop the manufacturing or sale of illegal drugs, and “Gun-Free Zones” do not stop humans with evil intentions from committing crimes. What did all three of these “banning solutions” accomplish? They stopped law-abiding citizens from using their freedoms, and the third ban caused many lives to be destroyed. The prohibition stopped law-abiding citizens from enjoying their alcoholic beverages, even though they did nothing wrong. The “War on Drugs” stopped law-abiding citizens from using medical marijuana to aid in their medical conditions, even though they did nothing wrong. The “Gun-Free Zones” stopped law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves and others against humans with evil intentions, even though they did nothing wrong. Not only that, “Gun-Free Zones” fostered an area that was ripe for destruction because it punished good-guys-with-guns, and freely allowed bad-guys-with-guns to do as they please. Without the good-guys-with-guns around, the bad-guys-with-guns saw the opportunity to commit evil acts. It is the same way in the animal kingdom. When bats are around (good guys), mosquito populations (bad guys) dwindle, since the mosquitoes cannot fight back. But when bats are threatened by the environment or human interaction, the mosquito population rises because the bats (good guys) are not there to stop them. It is a simple balance of power.
Not only that, but the entire premise of the video is misleading. Let’s make a fake gun shop, to tell fake histories of firearms, to make an emotional (and illogical) connection that guns are bad because humans used them in a bad way in the past. Let’s do the same thing with an antique shop!
The store owner shows a woman a candlestick and then tells how it was used to violently kill Colonel Mustard. The store owner shows a man a butcher knife and tells him that it was the same one used by a horrific serial killer in 19 of his murders. The store owner then shows a woman an old bow and arrow set and exclaims that a native American child accidentally stumbled upon it because his parents didn’t lock it up in a bow and arrow case, and that the child used it to kill his brother on accident. All of these fabricated stories are emotionally charged and could easily be told with any inanimate object. It is illogical and asinine.
If police officers and military members are not seen as Evil, but forces necessary to protect the “good”, then law-abiding citizens with sufficient training should be given the same opportunity and right.
Since this is a blog about the Gospel, how does this current event relate to the Gospel?
This is Jesus’ words to the apostles when He was leaving them, and told them to protect themselves when He was away:
“Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” – Luke 22:36
Not only that, but we have two verses where a centurion (a roman solider) went to Jesus and John the Baptizer to ask something of them, and neither one told them to stop protecting innocent lives or to stop using weapons or to stop being soldiers: Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 3:12-14. They told them to have faith, not to intimidate anyone, and be content with their wages.
The last evidence that weapons are not evil and should be used to defend oneself or others, is found in Revelation 19:11-16, when Jesus comes riding back to earth on a horse with a sword in His hands and His angel army ready to fight Satan.
If guns are evil, then swords, spears, slings, and bow & arrows are also evil, which means that most of the Old Testament humans like King David are also evil, and the armies God commanded to defend Israel or to attack other neighboring countries are also evil, and lastly that would imply Jesus is evil because He will be coming back with a sword to defeat the King of Evil Satan — Which makes absolutely no sense, especially since Jesus said that evil cannot do good and good cannot do evil (Matthew 7:17-18), one person cannot serve two masters, both God and Corrupted things (Luke 16:13), and that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
The idea that inanimate objects are “bad” or “evil”, such as firearms, is completely illogical just like the video above.
Last but not least, some words of wisdom:
“Evil triumphs when good men do nothing” – paraphrased, Edmund Burke