Who Would Jesus Shoot?

NOTE: this is a topic with very heated opinions on both sides.  The title is meant to provoke, not anger, but thought.  If this upsets you, sorry, but it is my right to exercise my 1st amendment rights to free speech.

After an another school shooting, this time hitting not teenagers, but 20 grade school children (ages 6-7) and six adults, it is time to think about the gun culture of America.

Now I wasn’t sure what to call this post, I had a couple of thoughts along the lines of What Would Jesus Carry, What Would Jesus Shoot, or most offensive of all Who Would Jesus Shoot.  Now you may think, what the heck?  Why is this atheist who doesn’t own a gun bringing Jesus into this gun issue?  Well, I could say because religious people did it first, see Mike Huckabee who said,

“We’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools have become a place for carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, responsibility, accountability?”

But that isn’t the reason I am asking Who Would Jesus Shoot?  The reason I am asking is because most of my friends outside of work tend to be more liberal, and less religious.  In the greater community of my workplace is where I experience more religious people, many who are more conservative.

What I am trying to understand is how my conservative religious friends support very little regulations on guns (size of clips, assault rifles, tracking the sales of guns, etc…) and the Bible pursing an eye for an eye solution.

I have seen people talk about how guns will help keep the government in check.  How more people die from smoking, drunk driving, etc…  How there would be less death if the principal, custodian or other school officials had been packing.  That last one is what lead me to this question of WWJS?  The idea that packing law-abiding citizen would put down this murderous madman is the solution.

But what would Jesus do in this situation?  Would he be packing? Or would he follow Matthew 5:39 “But I say unto you, That ye resist evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”  or Luke 6:29 “And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other;…”  If Jesus was in the school when the shots rang out, WWJS?  Would he even have a gun?

-Josh

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Mike Huckabee on Fox News Sunday, 1/27/08

Huckabee said some things that I agreed with in his interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday (1/27/08).

One the issue of the economy he was asked by Chris Wallace about Romney’s claim that he would be best suited to navigate the country through an economic downturn, which Huckabee has disputed.

He started talking about his extensive executive experience as Lt. Governor and Governor of Arkansas.  But what impressed me was his point about how the other Republican candidates at the Dearborn Michigan debate had said the economy was okay, but that is because they are at the top of the economic pyramid.  He talked about how if you talked to the average worker, they felt that things aren’t too good and have felt that way for awhile.  He also said that recessions were trickle up from the lower income classes to the investor class.  You can see that from 2:20 to 3:15 of this you tube clip.

The other part that I liked is that he went big tent on faith or lack of faith.  Granted it was related to a very pro-life opening, but he talked about Catholics and even people of no faith.  That is very different than Romney’s position that freedom requires religion.  This can be seen from 4:50 to 5:10 on the clip.

Now as much as I like these to aspects of his interview, I can’t see myself ever voting for him.  But I did want to point out  some of his encouraging language.

-Josh