Let's look at the secular/humanist view first. Secular humanists believe that man is basically good. Therefore, when a human being does something horrible, the root cause must be an outside factor. Therefore, crime in the inner city is a result of poverty – so, they believe, if we provide monetary help to poor people, crime will drop. If people are prejudice or racist, they simply need to be educated. In fact, education is the solution to most social problems. Consider how often education is presented as the answer to moral problems, like crime and child abuse. When it comes to substance abuse, secular humanists see it only as a disease – they see no moral component to it. If someone is a rapist or a murderer, they must be mentally ill. Chuck Colson, at the time president of Prison Fellowship, wrote about this in one of his books. He used a conversation with a prison warden in Norway to illustrate the secular/humanist viewpoint. While touring the prison, he asked the warden how many of his prisoners were mentally ill. The warden replied, “All of them, of course!” The idea that any criminal might have committed a crime without being mentally ill was incomprehensible to him because of his world view.
|Note that she doesn't care in whose|
control the gun is - because the gun,
not the person, is evil.
|Think they will stop at guns? When|
control failed in the UK, they started
going after knives (inc. kitchen knives).
The second world view is rooted in Judaism and Christianity. This world view believes that while men and women are indeed created in the image of God, they are also fallen creations – damaged by sin, inclined to do evil. The story of the fall in Genesis is but one Biblical passage that makes it clear that evil comes from inside of us:
Here King David speaks about himself:
(Psa 51:5 NIV) Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Here Jesus speaks of the source of evil:
(Mark 7:21 NIV) For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
(Mark 7:22 NIV) greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.
(Mark 7:23 NIV) All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'"
Finally, we have the Apostle Paul:
(Rom 7:18 NIV) I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
|A corollary to the biblical worldview.|
Someone with this worldview is much more likely to see guns as a secondary issue and people as the primary cause. Seeing the reality of evil inside people also can cause people to see the value of firearms as self-defense tools – especially since Jesus Himself ordered that His disciples be armed for self defense.
Does this mean that everyone who holds this world view is opposed to all gun laws or controls? Of course not. Some may want all guns banned. That said, I do believe that folks in this camp are much more likely to demand evidence that proposed gun restrictions will work. They also are much more likely to value the Constitution, and therefore the 2nd Amendment. Many, including myself, are pro-gun rights because they have a Biblical worldview.
Beyond gun laws, these world views have very real effects – effects that can be seen in two contrasting attacks upon houses of worship.
First, there is the horrible attack upon the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. While, thankfully, this synagogue did have several exits and evacuation plans, they are steadfastly opposed to any armed security because they are theologically liberal and hate guns. Even with a very fast police response, 11 people were killed.
Second there is the attack upon the New Life Church. Having already killed two and wounded two in a previous attack upon Christians, this active shooter attacked New Life Church just after the service ended. In the parking lot he killed two and wounded two more. Entering the church, he attempted to reach the sanctuary where over 300 people were talking after the service. He never got there. Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security person – armed by virtue of a CCW license - engaged him before he could get there, severely wounding him. He then took his own life. In spite of being armed with essentially the same weapons as the Tree of Life attacker, causalities were limited to two dead and two wounded.
Many will be critical of what I am to write, but it is never the less an objective fact: Had the Tree of Life Synagogue done the logical thing for a large Synagogue, and set up armed security some of the people who died would be alive. Experience with security and active shooters proves it. Sadly, the leadership show no evidence that they understand what their world view cost them.