After my post “Hate will never win,” at least one website stated that I support guns in church. This is not the case. Jesus Christ said: “They that live by the sword shall die by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52). I do not feel it is appropriate for people to carry a weapon in church. I will, however, add that I do feel this is a matter of personal conviction.
Forty years ago my wife and I lived in Rhodesia where I worked as a District Officer in the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This meant that I worked in the administration of tribal areas under a District Commissioner. Although the area we lived in was relatively peaceful, there was a civil war going on and we were allowed to carry guns to defend ourselves. District Officers had the most dangerous job in the country – many were killed including my predecessor Ian Fyffe and a colleague Jimmy Souter.
I chose not to carry a gun, based on the scripture quoted above.
On the same website, it was suggested that I support Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton. For the record, I do not support either.
Mr. Trump sees Islam as the problem in the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando. Mrs. Clinton blames guns. Note the following comment from Tuesday’s Wall St Journal:
“As the presidential campaign unfolds, Americans will get the chance to decide, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, what kind of approach they favor to combat jihadist terror. This election’s two candidates, more than any other presidential contenders in the era of terrorism, present starkly different profiles on the subject, notes our Washington bureau chief Gerald F. Seib. Donald Trump appeared to hint Monday that President Barack Obama may be sympathetic to radical Islamists he said inspired the gunman in the nightclub attack. Mr. Trump also criticized both the president and Hillary Clinton for what he claims are lax immigration laws that contributed to the rampage. Mrs. Clinton, meanwhile, pushed for stricter gun laws, including the reinstatement of a ban on the sort of assault weapons used by the Florida gunman. (WSJ “The 10-Point” by Gerard Baker, 6/14/16)
Why does it have to be one or the other?
I remember some years ago a Canadian MP (Member of Parliament) explaining to an American audience the difference between a republic and a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. In the United States, on every issue, he explained, the country quickly divides, with both sides running rapidly towards the barricades. In the Canadian system, on the other hand, both sides start opposed, but gradually work toward the center to achieve a compromise.
America is the only country in the western world where parents and grandparents have to worry on a daily basis about their children and grandchildren going to school. I called the school of one of my grandchildren recently, concerned about security. I was partially reassured, but only partially. I do think more can be done, within the parameters of the Second Amendment, which reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” At the time this was written, the threats were both foreign and domestic. That remains the case today and would include ISIS and those inspired by ISIS, like Omar Mateen.
The right to bear arms goes back a thousand years – it is not peculiarly American.
It was a medieval English king who first ordered that every male over the age of 14 carry a lethal weapon to defend himself against the French. For centuries the law required that all males do four hours of archery practice after church on a Sunday. Again, this was because of the threat from France. English colonists had the right to bear arms before the American Revolution, which would not have happened if the people could not carry guns. In the French and Indian Wars they had to protect themselves against the Indians – and the French! Today, the threat is more from radical Islamists and domestic terrorists. People need to be able to defend themselves, but a balance has to be struck. Adam Lanza and Omar Mateen – and others — have shown the need for this.
Mrs. Clinton is right on this issue – and may win the election because of her stance. People are scared and may think that banning assault weapons will stop terror attacks.
But, having said that, I believe that the greater problem lies in our immigration policies. On this Trump is right. Something needs to be done. As if to emphasize this point, an ISIS terrorist went to the home of a French couple barely 24 hours after the attack in Florida, shot dead the man and stabbed his partner to death, all in the presence of their three-year-old son. On the same day, a 54-year-old Muslim immigrant seized hostages at a Wal-Mart in Amarillo, Texas, holding them for two hours, before he was shot. Together with the massacre in Florida, the only factor common to all three incidents was the Muslim factor; yet the public is being told the first was due to homophobia and the latter was a “work-related incident.” At least the French admitted the involvement of ISIS. When are we in the US going to wake up?
When Mrs. Clinton and President Obama ridicule Trump for his stance on Muslim immigration, they are showing an appalling ignorance of history. Islam tried to conquer the West a number of times in previous centuries. We are now living through the latest Islamic expansion into the West, made possible by the naivety of political correctness. The two liberal leaders are also hiding the fact that their best friend and closest advisor, respectively, are both Muslims and that the Clinton Foundation receives a lot of donations from the Middle East, surely a conflict of interest.
While we are on the subject of Muslim immigration, I mentioned in a recent blog, “Confusion Reigns,” that Japan has not got a problem with Islamic terrorism because they don’t allow Muslim immigration.
Within 24 hours of my posting the article, the BBC had a segment on Muslim immigrants to Japan. The BBC was critical of the fact that Japan was not doing enough to help refugees by taking in Syrian and other immigrants. It was mentioned that, in 2015, Japan only took in 24 Muslims. I checked with another source that said it was 27.
It should be noted that Germany took in one million in the same year (not all Muslims), and is expected to take in a further half a million this year. Additionally, Chancellor Merkel is ready to give 80 million Muslim Turks visa free travel within the EU.
So Japan has taken in some Muslims, but hardly enough to threaten the security of the country. In fact, it’s hardly enough for a single mosque!
Since my last posting, it has been revealed that Omar Mateen was a “closet gay,” who regularly frequented the nightclub he attacked. I am reminded of an article in “Science” magazine written in the late 90’s. The article showed that scientific research done on heterosexual males showed that the more anti-gay men were, the more likely they were to have the problem themselves. I have often thought of that article in the 17 years since I read it, as I’ve listened to religious leaders and others rant about homosexuals. “Methinks they protest too much.” My apologies to Shakespeare and Queen Gertrude (Hamlet, Act III, Scene II)!