By Ryan Rose
April 18, 2013
In the heated gun debate, the issue of our right to bear arms has been pitted against other people’s so-called “right to live.” As if this debate deserves any further discussion, let’s just get one thing clear: the Constitution, which was signed by God, says nothing about the right to live. The right to own weapons, though, is clearly guaranteed.
According to a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute, 57 percent of white evangelicals live in homes where someone owns a guns. This seems contradictory to those who think that Christianity is all about peace and love. And yet, at the end of his life, did Jesus simply give up and get on the cross for the good of others? Certainly not. He went down, slashing Romans with a vengeance.
Rather than blaming the guns, we should blame the demons of society, some might claim. Video games, to be specific. Video games teach kids that guns can be used against people. Take away games, take away the idea. Never mind that gun violence is more frequent in impoverished areas than middle-class suburbs with a dangerous surplus of video games. This isn’t an issue of poverty. This is about scapegoats.
But in all the defense of gun rights, we’ve lost sight of ourselves. We’ve forgotten about a right bigger than guns. I’m speaking, of course, of the right to bear nuclear arms. Who are we to deny North Korea the god-given right to own nuclear weapons? After all, nuclear bombs don’t blow up people, war criminals blow up people—especially after playing violent video games.
Some people will bother you with facts about gun violence in areas with stricter gun control, telling you that gun control leads to the safety of citizens. Don’t listen to them! That’s just the liberal agenda to promote facts, trying to convolute opinions with empirical evidence.
If limiting the freedom of expression while promoting the right to own guns seems contradictory, it’s only because you’re thinking too hard. If that is the case, allow me to put things into simple terms—suppose every family in America traded in their Xbox for a pistol. Imagine how gun violence rates would plummet!
But as I implied in the beginning of this article, this discussion really doesn’t deserve any further debate. The right to own guns is in our Constitution, and the Constitution never changes. That’s why we still have slaves and women can’t vote. There’s no point in arguing with the Constitution—it’s perfect exactly the way it is, and that’s why the Founding Fathers made sure no one would ever be able to change it.
Some people want to take away guns from good, law-abiding citizens. This is really just prejudice in its purest form. I, for one, am not prejudiced at all. For that reason, I want to guarantee the right to own guns for everyone, criminal or otherwise. Why should I subject criminals to the unfair treatment of background checks? Everyone should have the right to own a weapon, no matter how many crimes they’ve committed, and that, my fellow Americans, is equality.
Ryan Rose is a senior majoring in English and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org