This weekend, I was rooting through a box of old photos I brought home after we moved my mom and dad to town.
Came across this one:
Me with my first gun.
A Mossberg bolt action 4-10 my brother tells me.
That picture gives me good feelings.
I grew up in a time period in history where guns were a non issue.
Heck, I remember seeing shotguns hanging in the back of pickup truck windows in our high school parking lot.
We have a good friend, I’ll call her Katie whose son came back from the service a conscientious objector. West Point graduate/ the whole works. After experiencing the gritty side of war in Iraq, he did a 180. Her son passed away a couple of years ago from a rare cancer, probably due to the toxic smoke he was around while stationed in Iraq from the burn pits.
Katie and I were talking about guns, gun control, conscientious objection, personal protection, how does that fit into a Christian worldview, what are my options if someone would break into my house? (ever hear of the term center mass?) yada, yada.
Made for a lively conversation. 🙂
What I liked about the conversation was we were asking each other hard questions.
No simplistic answers, but neither were we trying to tear each other down.
Genuinely wanted to hear the “why” behind what the other person was saying, and then ask more questions.
Here’s your chance to share your thoughts currently.
No snark, no nipping at someone else’s comments…If that happens, one of two things will happen.
I will delete or edit your comment.
The whole post get deleted.
I will start first. The following are in no particular order, and I may add additional points as time goes on. I would really like to clarify in my own head some of this stuff.
#1 I absolutely believe I have the right to protect myself, with whatever means are at my disposal. We live in a broken world, and unfortunately, because of it, some people do not play by the rules. Sometimes, bad people attempt to harm innocent and peace loving people like myself.
#2 Having said that, I don’t believe my only option is to “turn the other cheek.” I can chose that response if I want to but that is not my only option.
#3 In addition, I have been entrusted with a family, and part of that job description as I understand it, is to provide and protect.
#4 In the same way I am intrigued by wine making, even though I rarely drink, I am intrigued by a well, engineered gun or rifle, even though I rarely shoot.
#5 I would love to be more proficient in my marksmanship, and plan to work on that this year.
#6 I don’t hunt for sport anymore, but would not hesitate to hunt if I needed to put food on the table, because I love meat, and know where it comes from.
#7 I am not a member of any gun rights group.
#8 I am very thankful the country I live in still has gun ownership as part of it’s constitution. (see #1). I know several people who chose not to own a gun, and that is fine. That is their choice.
In pop culture today, it seems you have to say and think things in just a very narrow ways, or the other side will vilify you. I don’t care what the issue is.
The problem with that is, issues are never that simple. DM