Ben Witherington wonders if, following the tragic massacre in Virginia, the time has come for Christians in the USA to support gun control.
From my UK perspective I simply cannot imagine why any Christian could possibly fail to support gun control. This is an idea whose time should have come decades or centuries ago. Indeed it came two millennia ago, when Jesus told his disciples to put away their swords.
Apparently one of the arguments used against gun control in the USA is that there is less gun control in Canada and also less violent crime. But perhaps Americans should compare themselves not so much with Canada as with the UK. Our gun control in the UK has always been tighter than in the USA, but was tightened further after the Dunblane massacre of 16 school children in 1996. Now almost all handguns are prohibited.
I note from UN data that the figure for “Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm” in the USA in 2001 was 3.12 per 100,000 population, whereas the figure for England and Wales was 0.16. (Compare Canada: 0.54.) Go figure!
I note that after Dunblane “public feeling had turned against private gun ownership“. I hope and pray that following the recent tragedy the same will happen in the USA.