I agree that there are people who will use guns to harm others. I agree they should not be allowed to purchase weapons. But, through the ACLU, the ability to confine people with mental issues has been seriously limited. And, somehow, they still get guns! They don't go to the store and purchase them!
Are semi-automatic weapons really necessary? Yes! Possessing the same kind of weapons which can be used against you is necessary. Nations in history who fought their sword-wielding enemies with only stones - LOST! Well, save King David - but that's another story and only one example, and he had God on his side. If the military (I include FEMA and the Reserves, et al) has semi-automatic and automatic weapons, a single-shot weapon would be useless against a military ordered to move against its own people (also forbid under the Constitution - but if one freedom is removed, so too will another be). Do you now see why the government really wants to limit semi-automatic weapons with larger than ten rounds in a clip?
A gunman doesn't need a semi-automatic weapon to do great damage against unarmed people! He can still wreak havoc. But, the military would have a great advantage against the American public if their weapons could fire more rounds per second. Imagine an automatic rifle vs. a single-round pistol!
History has taught us that the first step to establishing a dictatorship is removing guns from the people and limiting it to those under the dictator's authority and control (the army). But, if you can't remove guns from the people, you can make what they do have impotent! That is why the people of this young nation wanted the right to bear arms included in the Constitution without limitation!
So what do God-fearing, law abiding people do? Do we give them our arms in submission? Do we bow to the continued erosion of freedom?
God is good and He sent the answer!
The right to bear arms is in the Bible. While the firearm had not yet been invented in Biblical times, the right to bear arms (especially in order to protect the right to worship the Creator) according to our own conscience, is found in the Scriptures.
The motto “Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God” and the American Revolution itself have strong parallels to the Rebellion of the Maccabees against the Greek tyrant, Antiochus Epiphanes. If God was not for them, then why did the oil, only enough to last one day, last eight, giving them enough time to make more lamp oil?
There were no prophets at the time when Antiochus levied unjust taxes, and outlawed the Israelites' religious observances, including circumcision and Torah (God's Law). Jews were forced, under threat of death, to sacrifice un-kosher animals on the alter, to rededicate the Temple to the Greek god Zeus, and to eat meat that had been offered up to idols. Adonai Elohim had specifically told the Israelites not to do all of these!
In reaction to this oppression a group of Jewish warriors (the Maccabees) fled into the wilderness and engaged in gorilla warfare against the Greco-Syrians, prevailing and gaining their independence. They won the right to practice their religion and rededicated the Temple to YHWH on the 25th of Kislev, establishing the eight day festival of Chanukah.
These truths were not lost on those who fought and died for freedom from England's unjust laws. In their day, the king held two positions: secular kingship and spiritual authoritarian. Observance of the king's 'religion' was mandatory.
God is a God of nations!
"He makes nations great and destroys them;
he enlarges nations, then leads them away.
He removes understanding from a country’s leaders
and makes them wander in trackless deserts." (Job 12:23-24)
Benjamin Rush, in his editorials denouncing the Tea Act, wrote:
"What did not Moses forsake and suffer for his countrymen! What shining examples of patriotism do we behold in Joshua, Samuel, [the] Maccabees and all the illustrious princes, captains and prophets among the Jews."
Countrymen and women: The Bill of Rights (read it!) was created to specify what the founders believed obvious. Remember that the states would not ratify the Constitution unless these simply-stated limitations on the government of the new Republic were included to ensure our continued freedom. They knew that power breeds the desire for more power and the American government might someday revert to the tyranny they knew.
That is happening! Noting the Book of Job above, a godless leadership does not have the wisdom God imparts; and is, therefore, leading by their own power and desires. That is where we are today.
The right to bear arms and the prohibition of a standing army being used against the citizens were protections against a government with too much power and the desire for more still: Tyranny.
Therefore, we should NOT lay down our arms lest we be 'imprisoned' under tyrannical rule as were our predecessors and people across the globe for millennia. (Name a free people that remained free.) If we lay down our weapons, who will protect us from the Neros, Antiochus', Hitlers, Stalins, Maos, and Husseins, et al, of history - and who now reside within our own government?
Limitation of weaponry equals infringement of our Constitutional rights.
Executive orders were meant for 'housekeeping', not establishing LAW! The President signed a treaty with the United Nations (the Congress is supposed to debate and ratify any treaty but this one was postponed from last Summer) for gun limitations. The recent events of Aurora Colorado and Sandy Hook coincidentally gave the president impedus to move forward on his own. But, he doesn't have the Constitutional authority to make laws! Remember the 'balance of power' your learned about in elementary school?
So, the UN Treaty is being adopted without the Congress ratifying the treaty!
May I remind you that the oath of office states that the president will uphold and defend the Constitution? And, that not doing so is an impeachable offense?
Many Americans died for our right to remain free from tyranny. Are you going to invite tyranny into your home?!?