Am I unarmed? Well, I keep a baseball bat by my bed at home.
If someone comes into my house, I will confront them verbally. If they come at me with threat, I will try to defend my wife and child while also keeping that person alive. They are created in the image of God, after all. If they are after my property, I would most certainly rather them live and take it than die and me keep it. If they are after my wife and child, I will do what I can to stop them. And if I end up taking their life, I will pray and mourn, because no man’s death is something to celebrate to me, no matter his intentions, especially if that death occurs while he is likely lost from the way of God, for then I have sent him to a most unfortunate judgement.
But why a bat instead of a gun? Having a gun for this purpose isn’t beneficial to me because I have to assess the potential threat before I fire, whereas the intruder may not. If I fire in the dark first, it could be a friend or relative sneaking to prank me, or a homeless person seeking shelter. An armed man will simply have the (physical, not spiritual) advantage, and so be it. If the intruder is unarmed then a bat will suffice and I am less likely to kill an unarmed man. But one willing to kill me has nothing to lose, and shoot me before I shoot him. It is just inevitable and unfortunate, but it’s life.
And what about on the street? Well, if my gun is by my side someone can still come up and shoot me in the head. My gun has done nothing for me in this case. God is my protector, for he protects me through providence, and when his providence allows my physical death, my soul is unharmed by guns, my soul ever safe in his Grace.
Oh, I also have two rifles. But they can’t be loaded with anything you can find for miles. Once a year I shoot them off, without any ammunition in them, and that is the only extent to which they will ever be used. And no, I’m not talking about my rock hard biceps. I use those every day, and they should be illegal.
Addendum and Clarification: [added after the initial posting]
Am I hypocritical for being critical of the gun obsession but being willing to use a bat violently? No, because I did not say that guns were wrong because they are violent. Had I done so, that would make me hypocritical for my willingness to merely use something else. I believe a bat is a better choice because it provides for me the highest chances of the will I want accomplished in the most scenarios I can imagine, which are based on my love of Christ, not some “sissy” fear of guns. I actually very much like the feel of a revolver, and have shot clay pigeons with a shotgun before, during which I experienced great aesthetic and kinetic joy.
It is not a personal thing for me at all; it is very much a spiritual thing. I am against the cult of weapons.
My family needs no pity from anyone, because my wife and I are in agreement about the presence of guns in our home, and because we are Christians we feel very secure about the ultimate fate of both our bodies and souls. If anyone pities us merely because we do not have a loaded, functional gun in the house, it is because that individual’s heart has been tainted by the pagan cult of guns. Paul of Tarsus once wrote that if Christ did not resurrect, we have no resurrection, and we are to be most pitied among men. If there is no resurrection, then by all means pity us. But we believe in the resurrection, and by that standard there is no pity in death.
I am not jealous of anyone who has a weapon, but I do pity a man who thinks he is more of a man because he owns a firearm. I have demonstrated that I am not blind to the harsh realities of the world, because I am well aware of the potential of people seeking to take my life and the life of my loved ones. I have thought these things through. I expect you to find my reasoning foolish if you are an atheist. I am reminded of the 14th psalm of David, in which he calls out to the Lord about the foolishness of those who do not believe in God. He says that such people mock those who put full trust in God. Therefore, looking upon David’s experience, I am not surprised by these kinds of responses.
I do not have a “victim complex” any more than the first century Christians did. Please do not patronize me with such cod psychology. I draw my philosophical commitment from the teachings of Christ and how they were reflected by his apostles and initial generations of followers. Many of them were martyred for their faith. They did not fight back with weapons.