Hassan Nurullah
December 16, 2012
The danger of America's anti-gun culture
By Hassan Nurullah

The bestial act played out Friday last in the bucolic community of Newtown, Connecticut returns the nation to the question why? Why would such an act occur? What drives a young man to so horrific a crime?

If one is open to the truth the answer is quite simple — As a culture, we have assigned souls to guns while deemphasizing the souls of children.

It is the guns in our society not the lack of human feeling we are fostering in an unbelieving, post-Christian youth culture, that bear the responsibility of tragedies like the one in Newtown.

A secular culture cannot take in the fact that it is not enough to have a morality unattached to something greater than oneself. This detachment is illustrated by President Obama shedding a tear for the victims of a madman, children slaughtered in what is supposed to be the safest of environments, the classroom. Yet, he fervently advocates for a medical procedure that leads to the wholesale slaughter of some 3,200 children a day in what is supposed to be the safest place for a child, a mother's womb. Take for example a couple visits the doctor and has it confirmed they are expecting a child, their second. They bristle with excitement while telling their oldest they are about to have a sibling. The first child hears this news with much rejoicing, because "Inside Mommy is my new baby brother or sister"! Now that same child overhears Mommy talking to a friend who is also pregnant who relates that she is going to terminate her pregnancy. The child later asks Mommy what that means — If the mother were to share the realities of abortion with her child, the child would be revolted. "Doesn't Mrs. So and So love her baby like you love our new baby Mommy?" Again, if the mother shares the truth of what motivates people to choose abortion, in that child's mind, doesn't human life become less precious? When weighed against a warped pragmatism, a baby's life has just become less important than whatever motivated the other mother to come to the decision abortion is a better "choice" than human life.

If as a culture we do not uphold the sanctity of life at every stage, why bother at any stage? This is the sometimes, unconscious thought process that is impossible for many of our youth to ignore, particularly if they are emotionally or mentally unstable. Frankly, this is the natural thought process of anyone who thinks logically really. It's the reason sane, rational people oppose unfettered abortion on demand.

Despite the convoluted thinking of sportscasters and sports writers like Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock commenting on the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide, America's gun culture is not the problem; it is our anti-people culture that drives the Adam Lanza's of the world. The desire for elements in our society with far too much influence, to advance the idea that human life is no more important than an individual's personal choice and oftentimes less important than the earth itself.

Whenever we have a mass shooting, the left immediately begins a coordinated tirade against an armed American citizenry. Today, America vilifies the tool as if the tool is the motivator. That childish thought process is fueled by a need to deny the inherent flaws in human nature, flaws that are exacerbated if not counteracted by an obligation to a law giving Creator — a Creator the liberals fight without ceasing to marginalize.

Putting aside the logical truth that the real problem leading to the all too prevalent incidents like those that took place in Newtown is a lack of Christian morality amongst our youth — We have the pragmatic reality that the problem is a lack of restriction on guns, rather than the guns themselves.

The left hates the argument that if the teachers, or another adult were armed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Mr. Lanza's attack may have been halted and lives saved. Tyrants with guns will always oppress the unarmed. Those who cry for fewer guns in the hands of a responsible citizenry rush headlong towards tyranny's dreaded embrace. We have bred the sense of duty, the responsibility of gun ownership in the pursuit of securing American society from the tyranny of criminals and politicians out of the American psyche. A government that seeks to limit a citizen's ability to protect his or her own community by being armed is one of a suspicious nature. Either such a government seeks a disarmed citizenry to exert it's will on the people, or it is a government populated with fools detached from reality.

The Founders of this great nation were neither. Thomas Jefferson in his letter to Justice John Cartwright on June 5, 1824 said: "The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that ... it is their right and duty to be at all times arme[d]."

In a society like ours, the primary function of a firearm, where one does not need to wrest a living from the land, is protection. Not just personal protection, but the duty to protect society from tyrants like Mr. Lanza and others who prey upon elementary schools, movie theaters, college campuses to do their evil, or anywhere gun restrictions are greatest.

As an American an armed citizen has the duty to "secure the blessings of liberty." This is a vow meant for "We the people," not the government. When government seeks to restrict the Constitution it ceases to be "the people" and is an entity separate from the people. Tyranny isn't ended with platitudes and good intent alone. It takes the ability to mete out justice through the equal strength of arms. Otherwise you and I are just dead meat. American men used to understand that concept. However, of late, liberal "progressivism" has fostered the idea that we are victims who should not resist evil ourselves, rather leave the resistance to others. That is an exceedingly dangerous mindset.

Most citizens, unfortunately, do not know that the "others" that include law enforcement and government are not obligated to protect Americans from crime. Moreover, officers of the law are seldom around when crimes occur. America's anti-gun culture as propagated by the Democrat party and American liberalism in general is not inspired by a desire for peace, peace must be secured — It is ignorance and cowardice that is the inspiration when spouted by the puppets. It is tyranny when ordered by the puppet masters in government and the media.

In a letter to his fifteen-year-old nephew, Peter Carr, Thomas Jefferson gave him this advice regarding his exercise: [I] advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.

What changed in our society when most today would prohibit a fifteen-year-old of possessing, or carrying a gun? Let alone suggesting that responsible gun ownership "stamps character on the mind." That is a question that wants looking into, not whether semi-automatic rifles should be readily available. In the end a few words from the ultimate Law Giver who knew the nature of the world He was sending His beloved disciples forth into, the world He was about to make the ultimate sacrifice for. Jesus told them to make provision for the more dangerous mission they faced when they left the close confines of their own lands with these words: And he said unto them, when I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one ( Luke 22:35, 36).

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Hassan Nurullah

Hassan Nurullah lives in Detroit, Michigan, and blogs at Digital Publius, where he comments on American society and challenges the latest liberal and secular affront. His views are conservative and strongly influenced by an unapologetic Christian world view. Contact him at info@digitalpublius.com

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