USA - Gun Culture America

Arno Froese

Although America’s unique relationship to guns sits at the forefront of the national psyche, gun culture in the US is often seen as an outlier globally.

The number of firearms available to American civilians is estimated at around 310 million, according to a 2009 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) report.

Americans own the most guns per person in the world, about four in 10 saying they either own a gun or live in a home with guns, according to a recent Pew Center study. Forty-eight percent of Americans said they grew up in a house with guns.

According to the survey, a majority (66%) of US gun owners own multiple firearms, with nearly three-quarters of gun owners saying they couldn’t imagine not owning one.

Yemen, home to the world’s second-largest gun-owning population per capita (and a country in the throes of a two-and-a-half-year civil conflict) trails significantly behind the US in terms of ownership.

In Australia, for example, four mass shootings occurred between 1987 and 1996. After those incidents, public opinion turned against gun ownership and Parliament passed stricter gun laws. Australia hasn’t had a mass shooting since.

The US has one of the highest rates of death by firearm in the developed world, according to World Health Organization data.

Most American gun owners (two-thirds) say a major reason they own a gun is for their personal protection, according to the Pew study. However, the majority of America’s firearm-related deaths are attributed to self-harm.

Gun-related suicides are eight times higher in the US than in other high-income nations.

-www.cnn.com, 4 October 2017

Arno's commentary

The abbreviated article we publish clearly documents: more guns, more death.

Here is what Jesus said: “And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one” (Luke 22:35-36).

The word “sword” has caused confusion among Christian scholars. It does not seem to correspond to the spirit of the New Covenant. One commentary states: “the sword is the written Word of God.” Jesus sent His disciples to the people of Israel, “without purse, and scrip, and shoes.” Now, however, this prophecy is directed to the entire world. Jesus says to take the purse, the scrip, and the sword. Verse 38 reveals that two swords were available; Peter apparently had one, and when the time came to arrest Jesus, he said: “Lord, shall we smite with the sword?” Jesus answered: “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword” (Matthew 26:52b).

Throughout the New Testament, believers never defended themselves with weapons of war. Furthermore, when Jesus comes, He will abolish all military forces with their weapons.

However, pacifism is not endorsed; meaning we, as Christians, must take necessary steps in accordance with the law and culture of our country. That means locking your doors, home or vehicle, and not venturing into places known to be dangerous.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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