Texas congressman Steve Stockman (R) believes that the U.S. Constitution isn’t the only document ensuring Americans’ right to bear arms. Stockman recently explained that he believes that the right to gun ownership stems directly from his religion.
“The right to keep and bear arms is granted by God and protecting from government aggression by the Constitution,” he argued. “It is not subject to the whims of global totalitarians massed in New York City.”
The statement came following President Barack Obama’s announcement that he would sign a United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
Stockman and 16 other Texas Republicans signed a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to voice their displeasure over the announcement. The letter states that the treaty, “requires nations that sign on to it to record and track all guns and gun owners in their country, and submit the list to the ‘international secretariat.’ It would also require signing nations to ban many common types of hunting rifles.”
Stockman is willing to throw out the baby with the bathwater if it means preserving gun rights. He argued, “I oppose any U.N. treaty touching the right to keep and bear arms. It’s beyond time for the United States to withdraw from the U.N.” Withdrawing from the U.N. might secure gun rights, but it would also damage U.S. relationships with foreign countries and jeapordize long-standing alliances.
But Stockman shouldn’t have much to worry about. With his god on his side, gun rights should be practically guaranteed.
The Bible does not have any mention of firearms (not surprising considering that they hadn’t been invented yet), but it does reference weapons, self-defense, and killing fairly frequently. Exodus 22:2-3 reads, “If the thief is found breaking in, and he is struck so that he dies, there shall be no guilt for his bloodshed. If the sun has risen on him, there shall be guilt for his bloodshed. He should make full restitution; if he has nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.”
This passage is clearly an endorsement of self-defense, but it also appears to endorse slavery, so pro-gun legislators might want to be careful about quoting this verse.
What's your take? Does your religion have anything to say about the right to bear arms?
Source: My San Antonio