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During the American Revolution, Tim Murphy put a bullet through Redcoat general Simon Fraser from 300 yards out.

He had a better rifle than any of the British regulars.

Arguably, it was the turning point of the war. It was his own gun; it did not belong to the government or the US Army.

Can you imagine our government today allowing the present-day Tim Murphys of our nation to own a rifle that could mix it up with world-class military?

Guns are not just for sporting purposes. They are not just for self-defense against household intruders. They are, in the thinking of the Revolutionary days which crafted, eventually, the Constitution, to encourage citizens to have their own (military grade) guns so that militias could be called up in times of social and political unraveling and stress.

The organized government, in their thinking, should not have a monopoly on force. They had seen how the British had abused that.

The two coins of the military gun realm are the AK and the M-16. In their military form, they are illegal in California, where I live. No Tim Murphy would be possible here if the conditions called for one–whatever current equivalent of the Redcoats could and would march at will, without citizen opposition.

Handguns, on the other hand, are legal almost everywhere, with a permit. And they serve no Constitutional military purpose. Go ahead and even try to hit anywhere on a target with one; they aren’t very useful. It is handguns which are the source of much suicide and drug murder.

Not likely, but what if order disintegrated in our nation? Things are certainly at least a little edgy right now. If the government were unable to maintain order, then only our surliest drug lords would be well armed. Mad Max anyone?

Not saying I want to ban handguns and allow AK’s and M-16’s. Just trying to reframe the conversation away from just hunting and self-defense against burglars. Neither of which were on the minds of the framers of our Constitution.

And what about Christians? Should we always be against the use of force?

The Amish are admirable in their pacifism. But is that workable for the whole society?

And do we want the government to have a monopoly on force?

As with every Memorial Day, my thoughts wander to “God and Country.”

Does God never march with Armies?

Look at the words to Battle Hymn. Let us die to make men free.

Is God a pacifist?

How must America live to be worthy of God marching with our armies?

What are your thoughts?

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