To Value Life

Today President Obama announced his plans for tighter gun control in America. Among the changes he wishes to see are things such as requiring background checks on all guns sales, banning the military style assault weapons, limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, and increasing the penalties for illegal gun sales. While these measures will need to pass through Congress and will likely face quite a bit of opposition, the President showed his determination to fight for this in his decision to make 23 executive orders on smaller matters such as ordering the CCD to do more research on gun violence and the correlation between media and such violence.

 While I have my own opinions about the President’s views on many issues, I strongly support his efforts to fight gun violence in America. The 2nd Amendment gives Americans the right to bear arms, yes. But nothing that he is proposing will keep Americans from owning a gun for hunting or sport. The assault weapons that Obama is seeking to ban are certainly not for either of those things, they are meant to kill. And you certainly don’t need to be able to fire off more than ten rounds at a time to hunt either!
People will argue and say, “It is our right.” What right are we fighting for? We were given the right to bear arms, and that is still a possibility. But when our forefathers wrote that, how could they have known we would possess such dangerous weapons? What right do we truly need to fight for? How about life? God commands us all, “Thou shalt not kill.” It’s as plain and simple as that. So fighting for the right to allow weapons made to kill to be readily available is not only counterproductive to the greater moral responsibility of protecting lives, it is in direct opposition to God’s law.

 It is impossible to talk about the right to life without mentioning abortion. And seeing as we are coming upon the 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, it certainly should be discussed. Most of my readers will know by now that I am 100% pro-life and I oppose abortion in any circumstance. While I know that our current President does not share my views in this area, and while I strongly oppose measures he has taken to increase birth control and other so-called-rights of women, I have to believe that God has a plan. Any change in our nation has got to start somewhere. In his speech, Obama said, “While there is no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence completely, no piece of legislation that will prevent every tragedy, every act of evil, if there’s even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try it.” I read those words and think perhaps this will be the start of change. God is able to work in any situation we can fathom. He can do all things. And although I do not realistically see Obama suddenly reversing his opinion on abortion, I can’t help but hear his words from this morning’s speech and pray that one day those words will ring true for all lives, including the lives of precious unborn babies.

 In no way do I mean to push aside the issue of abortion. But I feel that as we fight for life, we need to be true to our obligation to protect and preserve life in all stages and in whatever way we can. And I believe the gun control measures are one small step in that direction. Certainly it is not guns alone which are the cause for such tragedies as the recent Sandy Hook shooting. Other factors are in play including mental illness and a culture of violence. In my opinion, this culture is what needs to change to truly fight violence. We need to again become a country that protects its children, that honors God, that prays, that teaches our children right from wrong with no gray area in between. Killing is wrong. Whether by gun, by abortion, by euthanasia, by death penalty, and so on. Killing is wrong. God can do wondrous things even in the most unlikely circumstances. I pray that through the measures the President is working to take and through God’s never-ending grace, we may begin to create a culture where all life truly is valued.

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