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Why do Christians have guns?

In these times when sound bites pass for knowledge, logical thought has become a dying art. For example, can someone explain to me how a fundamentalist Christian could support gun ownership when the Sixth Commandment specifically says: “Thou Shalt Not Kill”?

Nowhere does it say “Thou Shalt Not Kill, except in self-defense, or except in times of war, or except against one’s enemies.” Instead, it clearly states “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” and it doesn’t even limit that to other human beings.

Since the only function of a firearm is to kill, why would any true Christian own a gun? I don’t get it. But maybe God was just kidding.

Daniel J. Schaffer



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