I recently wrote an article in my Sex in the Suburbs column about an interesting statistic I found in a textbook, having to do with the fact that there are laws on the books in at least three of our United States prohibiting the sale of sex toys, while there are 43 states in which semi-automatic assault weapons are no longer banned.
This prompted an unprecedented response from second amendment enthusiasts, with varying degrees of insults to my intelligence and character. One even made a point to mention that this article was one reason he didn't subscribe to papers anymore. Note: he took time to write this in response to an article he theoretically read.
Interestingly, several women have replied to me personally through other channels that they enjoyed the article. And the editor of the paper seems thrilled with the level of response. I am just wondering....
Do the people responding about gun rights really think that their opinions are going to change mine? Last time I checked, the second amendment came right after the first one, which guarantees free speech. Of course they have the right to their opinions and the ability to express them. So do I.
Which got me to thinking, in this season of advent and Christmas, what kind of weapon do you think Jesus would carry? What kind of weapon would He use to protect His family in case of invasion? Or Himself, in the case of, say, kidnapping? Or arrest? And Uzi, maybe? OK, it's true, I'm being sarcastic. I've got my edge up on this one.
Jesus, the Prince of what? Oh, yes, PEACE, used those age-old weapons of love and forgiveness against His enemies, thereby saving us all.
Say what you want about criminals always having access to guns, and have whatever opinion you'd like about handguns and semi-automatic weapons. Call me slimy and ignorant if you must. Just know that you are not changing the fact that I choose faith and love over guns. I choose to embrace the hope of this season that we can actually create and live in a world of peace. And I choose to use what little influence I have to help people think about those ideas in new ways. How you respond is up to you.