Jesus and the Gun

In 1981, the town of Morton Grove, Illinois passed a city ordinance outlawing the possession of handguns inside the city limits...... not the carrying of handguns, but the actual possession of them..... including in the home. (Both the Federal district and Appellate courts for the region ruled the ordinance constitutional, but the city eventually voted down that ordinance 27 years later in the wake of the landmark 2008 gun rights SCOTUS decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.)

In response, the town of Kinnesaw, Georgia passed a local ordinance in 1982 mandating the following:

(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore.

(b) Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.

Note the difference. Progressives banned the object, making no allowances for conscience, no allowances for the realities of protecting a home, no allowances for tradition, no allowances for the words of the Constitution.....and in the process, turning every handgun owning citizen of Morton Grove into an instant felon. That is the progressive way: by an act of political will, convert all citizens exercising a god-given right into instant felons, then give them a way out of that felony by either divesting themselves of legally acquired property, or by accepting that rather than having rights, they have permissions.

The way of Liberative Conservatarianism is what Kinnesaw did. They mandated a general responsibility of all heads of households to keep a firearm and ammunition for it, and then they exempted anybody from that requirement for whom this would be a problem. Those exempted are:

  • Any conscientious objector to gun ownership for whatever reason

  • The poor who cannot afford a gun

  • The mentally handicapped who are not competent to own/use a gun

  • The physically handicapped who are physically unable to use a gun

  • Convicted felons

In other words, nobody is forcing you to own a gun in Kinnesaw, Georgia; but if you want to own one, the law encourages it. In contrast, progressive Morton, Illinois, instead of encouraging the exercise of a Constitutionally enumerated right, just flat out banned something related to that right. There is a legal principle here which is often overlooked, especially by progressives: THE LAW NEVER LEGALIZES ANYTHING, IT ONLY ILLEGALIZES A THING. In other words, all things are legal by default, unless man makes a law which makes a thing illegal. That's easy to understand. Man came before The Law. Thus, nothing was illegal until made so by man. There would be no logical reason to legalize something first, if it is already not illegal, just so that you could then make it illegal. But the progressive position defies this logic. It assumes is that you cannot enjoy a right, unless government gives you permission to do so first.....which really means that you don't actually have rights; you just have a list of things which are permitted to you. In other words, the progressive position is that all things are illegal, unless a law makes it legal. Since reality, dictated by the fact that Man predates The Law, is exactly the opposite of the progresssive position, then the only rational position is the one that is not progressive.

But, you might ask, where does Jesus fit into all of this?

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