Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A little bit about gun control

Let's take a look at what Torah says about guns and warfare in general:

Numbers 1:3 defines military-ready age by twenty years old for a healthy male. I think its a correct age because by this age any man is physically fit and already understands the basics of life. However, adult age for a male begins at 13 (Gen 17:25).

This means that conscription is mandatory according to the Written Torah for every healthy and fit male.

This also means that everyone who has passed military service should be allowed to have and carry guns. This is implemented very well in modern Israel and this is what I think founding fathers of USA intended by the 2nd amendment - "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." Anyone who passed basic military training (a well regulated and TRAINED militia) should be allowed to have and carry guns.

This is why I support conscription and the 2nd amendment, because they are very much in line with the Written Torah. And it is very wise too. Especially for young people. Army teaches discipline, order, cooperation and teamwork, male friendship, and what is most important - how to properly and safely use guns.

I do not think we should be selling guns to anyone who had not passed the army training at the minimum. And we most certainly should not sell guns to people with problems, such as mental illness or rage, which is why I think a proper background check system and sale delay are all good measures to prevent gun deaths.

Any reasonable person understands that without training, firearms are useless and dangerous.

The only thing I am not sure about is if women should be allowed guns/weapons because of Deuteronomy 22:5 which I tried to discuss in my previous posts.

Otherwise, its very clear. Only well trained and regulated people (army or militia) should be allowed guns. Everyone else do not need them because we have police and other law enforcement agents. This especially applies to big metropolitan cities because accidental/improper shooting can injure or kill a lot of people.

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