This is my first post in a long time, and it is mostly out of anger with how things are currently. I promise to try to update more, but right now this is what I’m posting. Please read!
So I almost never place myself into discussions like these, but tonight I couldn’t resist. We have just had ANOTHER mass shooting in this country, and some people still just want to hug their guns so tight and pretend like they are nothing more than innocent tools used to protect themselves from the Red Coats that are always knocking down their doors at all hours of the night demanding quarter. I have no issues with someone owning a gun, but I do take issue with those who own them and then have prefabricated excuses at the ready for when they are used in violent crimes like these (EVERY DAY). Everyone immediately jumps to “but it’s not the gun that killed the people, it’s the person that did”. Okay, that’s fine, take that stance, if you can sleep soundly with it, but honestly is that how a civilized country should react to such a never ending, constant violence? How about a religious group? Until it is a possibility to say that we are safe from mass shootings like these, and until we have reached the point where this kind of thing is shocking again, and not a part of our numb, daily reality, perhaps we should take a look at the data WITHOUT our inherent political biases and actually look for a way to fix the freaking problem instead of ways to defend the fact that our founding fathers (over two hundred freaking years ago) needed guns to hunt their food, and protect from foreign enemies, and some of us still think that they would feel the same way about guns if placed in today’s society. (Take a long moment to ponder this and see if you can honestly make yourself believe that they would, I cannot though).Anyways, I await the never ending responses of “but the numbers are distorted” and “dagnabit they will never take my gun”
In closing, how about some perspective from a better source than me, hmmmmm, how about I don’t know, SCRIPTURE??! SURE, WHY NOT!
How about Alma 24?
1 And it came to pass that the Amalekites and the Amulonites and the Lamanites who were in the land ofAmulon, and also in the land of Helam, and who were in the land of Jerusalem, and in fine, in all the land round about, who had not been converted and had not taken upon them the name of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, were stirred up by the Amalekites and by the Amulonites to anger against their brethren.
2 And their hatred became exceedingly sore against them, even insomuch that they began to rebel against their king, insomuch that they would not that he should be their king; therefore, they took up arms against the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi.
3 Now the king conferred the kingdom upon his son, and he called his name Anti-Nephi-Lehi.
4 And the king died in that selfsame year that the Lamanites began to make preparations for war against the people of God.
5 Now when Ammon and his brethren and all those who had come up with him saw the preparations of the Lamanites to destroy their brethren, they came forth to the land of Midian, and there Ammon met all his brethren; and from thence they came to the land of Ishmael that they might hold a council with Lamoni and also with his brother Anti-Nephi-Lehi, what they should do to defend themselves against the Lamanites.
6 Now there was not one soul among all the people who had been converted unto the Lord that would take up arms against their brethren; nay, they would not even make any preparations for war; yea, and also their king commanded them that they should not.
7 Now, these are the words which he said unto the people concerning the matter: I thank my God, my beloved people, that our great God has in goodness sent these our brethren, the Nephites, unto us to preach unto us, and to convince us of the traditions of our wicked fathers.
8 And behold, I thank my great God that he has given us a portion of his Spirit to soften our hearts, that we haveopened a correspondence with these brethren, the Nephites.
9 And behold, I also thank my God, that by opening this correspondence we have been convinced of our sins, and of the many murders which we have committed.
10 And I also thank my God, yea, my great God, that he hath granted unto us that we might repent of these things, and also that he hath forgiven us of those our many sins and murders which we have committed, and taken away the guilt from our hearts, through the merits of his Son.
11 And now behold, my brethren, since it has been all that we could do (as we were the most lost of all mankind) to repent of all our sins and the many murders which we have committed, and to get God to take them away from our hearts, for it was all we could do to repent sufficiently before God that he would take away our stain—
12 Now, my best beloved brethren, since God hath taken away our stains, and our swords have become bright, then let us stain our swords no more with the blood of our brethren.
13 Behold, I say unto you, Nay, let us retain our swords that they be not stained with the blood of our brethren; for perhaps, if we should stain our swords again they can no more be washed bright through the blood of the Son of our great God, which shall be shed for the atonement of our sins.
14 And the great God has had mercy on us, and made these things known unto us that we might not perish; yea, and he has made these things known unto us beforehand, because he loveth our souls as well as he loveth our children; therefore, in his mercy he doth visit us by his angels, that the plan of salvation might be made known unto us as well as unto future generations.
15 Oh, how merciful is our God! And now behold, since it has been as much as we could do to get our stains taken away from us, and our swords are made bright, let us hidethem away that they may be kept bright, as a testimony to our God at the last day, or at the day that we shall be brought to stand before him to be judged, that we have not stained our swords in the blood of our brethren since he imparted his word unto us and has made us clean thereby.
16 And now, my brethren, if our brethren seek to destroy us, behold, we will hide away our swords, yea, even we will bury them deep in the earth, that they may be kept bright, as a testimony that we have never used them, at the last day; and if our brethren destroy us, behold, we shallgo to our God and shall be saved.
17 And now it came to pass that when the king had made an end of these sayings, and all the people were assembled together, they took their swords, and all the weapons which were used for the shedding of man’s blood, and they did bury them up deep in the earth.
18 And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again for the shedding of man’s blood; and this they did, vouching and covenanting with God, that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives; and rather than take away from a brother they would give unto him; and rather than spend their days in idleness they would labor abundantly with their hands.
19 And thus we see that, when these Lamanites were brought to believe and to know the truth, they were firm, and would suffer even unto death rather than commit sin; and thus we see that they buried their weapons of peace, or they buried the weapons of war, for peace.
I know, a lot to read. I’m sorry about that, but I do hope with every fiber, that everyone pays special attention to the end. “They buried the weapons of war, for peace” I have been struggling with the faith recently-ish (or a bit longer I suppose), but this is something that I believe completely. If you put away the weapons of war, there will be peace. Thanks for reading this, and I do apologize for the snarkiness in parts, it’s been a long week.