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Recently, the president made a speech about gun control and the new policies that will soon be put into place to end gun violence. I will summarize a few of the points, and of course, discuss my thoughts on them :)

The first first thing to be done is implement required background checks for any and all individuals who want to buy guns. I don't really hate this idea, but I don't really love it either. In regards to supporting it, it may in fact reduce a few people here and there from buying guns because going through the process is a little bit of a hassle. It may also reduce (in small numbers) some dangerous situations, for example when someone may go out and buy a gun in anger to use for a specific purpose. For those considering going through the process of getting a conceal carry license, you have to get a background check anyway. In general however, it really doesn't do much to keep us safe. The bad guys will get guns in illegal ways as they always have, and they will not bother to get a background check. Not to state the obvious, but this also would not have hindered the Sandy Hook shooter. Those guns were owned by his mother, a law abiding citizen.

Next, eliminate assault weapons from being purchased outside of military use. I do mostly agree with this. In my mind, why would anyone need one for their home or recreational use? Lack of access, and strict enforcement, may lower the ability for some bad guys to get their hands on those types of weapons. Again however, a bad guy is just that. a bad guy. They don't follow the rules, and they will obtain these sorts of weapons regardless of whether its legal or not.

Another measure to be taken is to limit the number of shots in a magazine. The point is to make it harder for the bad guys to shoot off lots and lots of rounds all at once. In reality what this does, is hinder the law abiding citizen from protecting himself with the same force with which they are attacked. So, someone comes in with an illegal weapon, with the intent of shooting everyone in their path. They have illegally obtained lots of bullets, and there you are in your house, school work place, or movie theater, with either no gun at all, or a gun with 10 bullets at a time to protect yourself.

I want to leave you with this thought. If you were a parent and were locked in the room with your child, and a gunman - what would you do? There was a teacher in the Sandy Hook Elementary school, who lunged at the gunman, attempting to disarm him and protect the children. Had she been armed, do you think she could have saved her life? Perhaps also those of the children she was attempting to protect? If she was brave enough to jump into dangers way with no protection, think about how the scenario may have been different had even one person in the school (or ALL teachers in the school) been armed....How many shooters have walked into a police station?

In regards to any sense of Biblical reasoning or perspective, I would tend to believe that those who support anti-gun policies also believe that inherently we are all good. At the root of our being, people have goodness, and if we focus on education and information, then we wouldn't have such violent outbursts.

Unfortunately, this does not follow with what the bible teaches us. At our root and in our hearts, we are selfish and evil. When you believe that, then it follows that no matter how much you love others, no matter how much you educate, there will always be evil in the world, until Jesus returns.If we are instructed to gird ourselves with spiritual armor (Eph 6), for spiritual warfare, I also believe it's acceptable to be armed and prepared in the world.

Jeremiah 17:9
 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Genesis 9:5-6         
And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.
Psalm 18:2
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.