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  • on 14.04.2010
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My Right To Defend Myself 1

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I was recently reading a brochure about gun control that inspired this article. I never really knew about gun rights or our self defense rights until I read it. My entire life I’ve always been taught that guns are “bad” and that people who have guns other than for hunting reasons are to be feared, but this brochure changed my entire outlook on owning a gun. This article is not to encourage anyone to go out and buy a gun, more to make you aware of your rights and the battles that people go through on a daily basis for trying to protect themselves or the lives of others.

When you have children, it is your duty to protect them. When you are being attacked, it’s human nature to fight back. Or when you see someone in trouble, the majority of people would try to help. Few Americans are more vociferous about their constitutional rights, particularly the Second Amendment guarantee to keep and bear arms, than are hunters and gun enthusiasts. I have spoke with several gun owners and over 75 percent of them said that they were concerned about their right to keep and bear arms. As the head of household, I would be much more concerned about my God-given responsibility to keep and bear arms for the protection of my family, home, and belongings.

Because this is a “right” codified by the Constitutional Republic, and thereby brought under jurisdiction, the Constitutional Republic can choose to deprive its citizens of this right – something it has been doing incrementally for quite a long time.

District of Columbia vs. Heller. “March 18, 2008, District of Columbia law bans handgun possession by making it a crime to carry an unregistered firearm and prohibiting the registration of handguns and requires residents to keep lawfully owned firearms unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device. Heller, a D. C. special policeman, applied to register a handgun he wished to keep at home, but the District refused. He filed this suit seeking, on Second Amendment, to enjoin the city from enforcing the bar on handgun registration.

The District Court dismissed the suit, but the District Columbia Circuit reversed, holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms and that the city’s total ban on handguns, as well as its requirement that firearms in the home be kept nonfunctional even when necessary for self-defense, violated that right. On June 2008, the Supreme Court decided five to four that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own and bear firearms, but only until they say otherwise.

As ridiculous as this case might be what’s even more ridiculous and even disturbing is the fact five people have the power to decide whether United States citizens have the right to protect themselves and their families, to what extent, and with what weapon. Why should we need “permission” to practice self defense? This decision will most likely be overturned by a future court. However, if the responsibility to keep and bear arms is God-given, no one except God himself has the right to withdraw it. We were given this responsibility long before the United States Constitution was framed or even ratified at that!

When the government requires a license, it does so to give legality to what otherwise, according to the same government, is illegal. Since when did self defense become illegal? The Bible states “after first providing for your family’s spiritual safety, your next priority should be providing for your family’s physical protection. Providing food, clothing, and shelter is a little benefit if you are unprepared or unwilling at that to defend your family against thieves, rapists, and murders.” In other words, it is not unchristian to practice self defense – it is however unchristian if you do not.

Now you’re probably wondering if this applies not to just protection of yourself or family, but that of a bystander? In Genesis 14, Abraham killed another in order to rescue his nephew from being kidnapped. Also, in Exodus 2, Moses killed an Egyptian taskmaster who was assaulting a fellow Israelite. Therefore, vigilantism is biblically justified when defending or rescuing another person from being victimized. Imagine how many crimes would be averted if thieves, rapists, murderers, and potential criminals knew that every Christian man stands ready to do whatever necessary to stop any criminal activity?

Tragically, the United States federal and state governments have practically stripped their citizens of their inherent God-given responsibility for self-protection and intervention, with the exception of those who petition to secure a concealed weapons permit. Keep in mind that one of the definitions for a permit or license is the permission to do what the government otherwise considers illegal, which makes a criminal of anyone who desires to fulfill his biblical responsibilities without the government’s permission.

Did you know that Illinois is the last and only state that still denies its law-abiding citizens the right to carry a firearm for personal protection? Just recently thousands of Illinois Second Amendment supporters marched to the state capitol in Springfield to demand a Right to Carry law in Illinois. Illinoiscarry.com keeps its readers up to date with bills Congress is trying to pass, and whether you are in support of a Right to Carry or opposed, it’s a good idea to be aware and active.

An attempt to pass a carry law in the Illinois General Assembly was narrowly defeated several decades ago and has since been thwarted by the leadership in both chambers who maintain, in spite of the Tinley Park massacre and Chicago’s horrific homicide numbers, that the issue is largely a downstate concern. If law abiding citizens could legally protect themselves from criminals, perhaps Chicago’s homicide rate would decrease!

Despite several attempts by the government, media, the anti-gun lobby, etc to malign self-defense, I believe that everyone should do what they think is right and only human nature to most. This is the word of God and if God says you need to protect yourself, family, or even a complete stranger who is being victimized no matter what, then that’s what you need and should do!

Once again, I did not write this article to encourage anyone to go out and buy a gun. However, we would like to hear your thoughts whether you agree with owning a gun or not. Please visit us at readtheqil.com, or mail a letter to 1601 State Street, Quincy IL 62301.

By April Azotea

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  1. Kelsey says:

    Although this article misinterprets scripture and “God-given responsibilities” several times, I would like to address the following statement that “it is not unchristian to practice self-defense – it is however, unchristian if you do not.” I find this statement disturbing mostly because the figure who Christianity is based on, Christ, did not defend himself during his last days on earth. So with this in mind, would Miss Azotea consider Christ as unchristian?

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