Guns today are a hot topic that provokes emotional responses and vigorous debate on both sides of the issue, whether in support of or opposition to guns. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” after the Sandy Hook school shooting. His statement added fuel to an already raging gun debate, yet what he said didn’t address the entire problem. Although guns can maim or kill, they first have to be loaded, aimed and the trigger pulled.
The gun issues are more complex because of mental health problems that motivate senseless killings. In the past the mentally disturbed were sent to mental health hospitals, but many psychiatric facilities are now emptied and closed: www.tacreports.org/bedstudy
One of the best, Northern State Hospital outside of Sedro-Woolley, WA, closed in the 1970’s: www.skagitriverjournal.com/NearbyS-W/NSH/NSH1-Intro.html Their patients were loaded onto busses and dropped off at “rest homes and group homes” across the state with many ending up on the streets.
With so many psychiatric hospitals closed, police far too busy to answer 911 calls in a timely manner, citizens need to protect themselves and many choose to purchase guns. However, gun ownership and use needs to be done with education and training. For our household that includes what God and the Bible has to say about guns?
The Baldwin’s book, To Keep or Not to Keep: Why Christians Should Not Give up Their Guns, written by Pastor Chuck Baldwin and his constitutional attorney son, Timothy Baldwin offered biblically rooted answers for our questions. While the Second Amendment: www.law.cornell.edu/wex/second_amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, the Baldwin’s write, “Scriptures confirm the right of self-defense.”
Their findings are based on what they call the “burden and standard of proof, natural rights and a “consequence based approach” supported by the Old and New Testaments. For example, they cite the story of Melchizadek in Genesis who blessed Abram, later Abraham, for saving “his abducted nephew Lot, by force.” Genesis 14: 12, 18, 19 and Hebrews 7:1, among many others. The Baldwin’s argue “natural rights form the basis of justice and are the root of human compassion.”
Readers learn why they believe gun rights are a divine right, why people shouldn’t give up their guns and what “meaningful self-defense” is. They also write about “proportionality” and “necessity,” whether the Bible says to sell your clothes and buy a sword if you don’t own one and when the “other cheek” should be turned.
In some ways, the book is written almost like a legal brief, yet the logic is easy to follow, the words simple, easy to read and understand. Although I firmly believe the gun debate today is more about politics than guns those who follow Christ need to know what the Bible has to say on this vital issue and the Baldwin’s thought-provoking book provides timely answers.
‘To Keep or Not to Keep: Why Christians Should Not Give up Their Guns’ by J.D. Timothy Baldwin & D.D. Chuck Baldwin, Baldwin Publishers, 2013, 272 Pages, 978-0988898806, $14.95 http://keepyourarms.com/
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To Keep or Not to Keep: Why Christians Should Not Give up Their Guns’ by J.D. Timothy Baldwin & D.D. Chuck Baldwin
Today the debate over firearms rages and many in government are attempting to disarm the American people. To Keep or Not to Keep: Why Christians Should Not Give Up Their Guns equips Bible believing Christians with the scriptural tools and knowledge to make wise decisions about the defense of their family.
Relying on an exhaustive study of the Holy Scriptures, renowned pastor, Dr. Chuck Baldwin, and his constitutional-attorney son, Timothy Baldwin, delve deeply into both the Old and New Testament in search of the true teaching of Scripture regarding the right to keep and bear arms.
Many books deal with this subject from a constitutional perspective, but there is no book in modern times that has dealt with this vital subject from a strictly Biblical perspective. This book does just that on this vitally important subject.
Some questions to consider in this timely and thought-provoking book:
· Is the right to keep and bear arms a divine right?
· Should Christians surrender their firearms if the law requires them to do so?
· Does the New Testament require Christians to always be non-violent?
· Did the fact that Jesus and the apostles not rise up with arms against tyrannical government mean that Christians today should never do so?
· Were America’s Founding Fathers right or wrong when they rebelled with arms against the British Crown?
At a time when many in government are attempting to pass laws which call for the American people to surrender their firearms, many Christians are rightly searching for a Biblical answer. This book is designed to help Christians and non-Christians alike come to a clear understanding of what the Bible teaches.
Duck Dynasty: Family, God and Guns, by Araceli McAdams (Kindle)
Duck Dynasty is a reality TV show that follows a Louisiana bayou family living the American dream as they operate a thriving duck call and decoy business while staying true to their family values.
What Patriarch Phil Robertson would tell you is that family works best when people follow God’s design for it.
That means that, at least for the Robertson’s, their faith in Jesus guides them on how they should structure their home life. Many believe the big drawing card for Duck Dynasty is its emphasis on family. Almost every episode has a “plot” that revolves around family relationships and the natural tension they create in life.
Whether it is sibling, marital, or parental, these relationships play out before our eyes where people act surprisingly decent and respectful.
The Robertson family has shown that even though they are outrageous, unpredictable and quirky they’re also god fearing, family oriented and they believe in their guns.
God, Guns, and Guts of Firearm Defense, by Sig Swanstrom
The author, a former Los Angeles-area police detective and SWAT operator, who is now the owner of a highly acclaimed firearm self-defense school, tackles the difficult question: “What does the Bible, and Jesus, have to say about the use of deadly force and civilians carrying weapons?” Then, he brings it all together in his Bible-based conclusions about having the guts to do the right thing in today’s real world.
Chapters focus on topics such as what Jesus actually said about carrying weapons, peace-making vs. pacifism, and the strategic use of overwhelming violence of action. Importantly, the author draws from Bible passages to answer often-asked specific questions such as: “How does God want me to respond to a deadly force situation? If I have a gun, should I shoot to kill, shoot to wound, or what?”
Throughout this book, the author makes it clear that the core question isn’t, “What would Jesus do?” But rather, “What did Jesus teach us to do?” And he uses the Bible itself to answer these questions.
This isn’t a book of personal opinion. The author cites early Church leaders who are considered Church Fathers of Christianity, and uses their own words as commentary on the key verses.
Plus, he uses the words of the Founding Fathers of the United States, reminding us that they used biblical truth as the basis for our nation’s laws. As the author explains, we can’t fully appreciate the wisdom of the Founders actions, the Bill of Rights, and the 2nd Amendment, without an understanding of their biblical beliefs and motivations.
Using the Founders own words, the author sheds additional light on the meaning of the U.S. Constitution. And he reminds us that by design, the Constitution trumps other laws which conflict with it.
Political correctness run amok has brought confusion, and today our courts are used to advance political agendas and government actions which are blatantly unconstitutional. So the author uses Bible passages (and cites hundreds more in footnotes), and quotes the Founders themselves, to bring decisive clarity to contemporary issues.
Easy to read and written in an engaging style, the author’s approach is straightforward and real-world practical. “God, Guns, and Guts of Firearm Defense” is essential reading for anyone who is interested in understanding the biblical principles behind these hot topics, as well as Bible study groups, and for anyone who wants to live according to the teachings of Jesus.
The Gun Owner’s Handbook: A Complete Guide to Maintaining and Repairing Your Firearms–in the Field or at Your Workbench, by Larry Lyons
The book that every gun owner has been waiting for. A gun is only as good as its owner, and far too many are poorly maintained and serviced, even when brought to professionals. For the serious hunter and gun owner, The Gun Owner’s Handbook takes the mystery out of gun maintenance.
Author Larry Lyons covers every aspect of this crucial part of gun ownership, and brings his years of experience to bear on topics from daily maintenance to trickier technical matters, including Gun Workshop Lighting Tool Storage Bore Cleaning Equipment Solvents Lubricants Rust Prevention Bore Cleaning Procedures Action Cleaning, Lubrication, and Inspection Exterior Maintenance Caring for Wood Stocks Caring for Synthetic Stocks Scopes Scope Mounts Open Sights Slings Holsters Cases Misfiring Sticky Actions Sticking Cartridges Jamming Poor Accuracy Rough Trigger Pulls Preparing for Trips Field Repairs Repair Kits
With advice on barrel inspection, disassembly and repair of all common action types, rust removal, stock repair, and much, much more, The Gun Owner’s Handbook will find a place on every gun owner’s shelf, and pay for itself immediately. Whether you’ve just purchased your first firearm or you think you know everything there is to know, you’ll find everything from the basics to the handiest tips and tricks of master gunsmiths.
American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, by Chris Kyle & William Doyle
Examiner Review: ventwing.com/review/american-gun-by-chris-kyle-w-william-doyle
Chris Kyle—fallen hero and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper—reveals how ten legendary guns forever changed U.S. history.
At the time of his tragic death in February 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the top sniper in U.S. military history, was finishing one of the most exciting missions of his life: a remarkable book that retold American history through the lens of a hand-selected list of firearms. Kyle masterfully shows how guns have played a fascinating, indispensable, and often underappreciated role in our national story.
“Perhaps more than any other nation in the world,” Kyle writes, “the history of the United States has been shaped by the gun. Firearms secured the first Europeans’ hold on the continent, opened the frontier, helped win our independence, settled the West, kept law and order, and defeated tyranny across the world.”
Drawing on his unmatched firearms knowledge and combat experience, Kyle carefully chose ten guns to help tell his story: the American long rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester rifle, Springfield 1903 rifle, Thompson sub-machine gun, 1911 pistol, M1 Garand, .38 Special police revolver, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. Through them, he revisits thrilling turning points in American history, including the single sniper shot that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, the firearms designs that proved decisive at Gettysburg, the “gun that won the West,” and the weapons that gave U.S. soldiers an edge in the world wars and beyond. This is also the story of how firearms innovation, creativity, and industrial genius has constantly pushed American history—and power—forward.
Filled with an unforgettable cast of characters, Chris Kyle’s American Gun is a sweeping epic of bravery, adventure, invention, and sacrifice.
God and Guns: Freedom in a Time of Crisis, by Jeff Robinson
God and Guns is a biblical view of the right to bear arms. If you love either God or Guns you’ll love this book as you see how guns lower crime and even prevent crime. God and Guns is packed with helpful tactics that will prepare you in an encounter, including the aftermath.
Also included is a gun log and safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe. First, we must find out what Jesus has to say about the subject of putting our faith in a man-made weapon for survival. You might be surprised and find a new sense of joy as you realize He promoted the carrying of weapons. Be careful, this life changing book may alter the world as you see it.
The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold and Tax Cuts, by Wayne Allyn Root
Libertarian-conservative solutions to the political, social, economic and tax issues facing the United States from a 2012 Third Party Presidential contender, as well as one of America’s leading Tea Party political leaders
In today’s uncertain economy, people are growing more and more concerned about their financial future, and looking for common sense, limited government solutions. In The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts, 2008 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root presents a passionate case for smaller government; dramatically reduced spending and taxes; States’ Rights; free markets; adherence to the Constitution; an end to the Fed; a ban of bailouts, stimulus, earmarks, pork and corporate welfare; economic and personal freedom; and a return of power to the people, just as the Founding Fathers intended. The book
· Explains why Obama’s big government solutions are leading to a Great Depression II and a coming Citizen Revolution
· Proposes a one year “Income Tax Vacation,” a permanent end to capital gains taxes, and detailed spending freezes and cuts across all levels of government
· Proposes dramatic education reform centered on school choice, home-schooling, charter schools, teacher accountability, and parental freedom
· Proposes unique reforms in the areas of health care, energy and the public sector (government employee unions)
The Conscience of a Libertarian reveals how Americans can take back their country from big government, big unions, big corporations, corrupt politicians, bureaucrats, lawyers and lobbyists