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An answer to gun violence according two American pastors

How can gun violence be stopped in the United States of America

Dan Foster in his Backyard Church article criticises an article he finished reading by a Christian pastor who believes he has the answer to gun violence in the USA.

The reason that there is so much gun violence in the USA, according to Shane Idleman, a Pastor from Westside Christian Fellowship in Southern California, is that people have turned away from God.

According to Pastor Idelman:

Students often miss the critical connection between America’s unparalleled greatness and the fact that we put God first.”

Mr Foster notes:

If that sounds a bit like toxic Christian nationalism to you, then you’d be right.

One can wonder how there is that “critical connection” between the greatness of that nation and the placing of God. Foster sees it this way:

If only we taught more about God, that would solve everything.

Not only by Idleman we find a pastor blaming all the new things of our era to be the cause of all badness.

Pastor Idleman seems to go very far in claiming our modern society. He

blames everything else under the sun for the recent school shooting in Texas. He blames video games. He blames Satan. He blames mental health issues. He blames anti-depressant medication. He blames everyone who isn’t a Bible-believing Christian like he is.

Too many medicines or medical drugs can be as bad for the human mind as hallucinogenic or mind-altering drugs. It is a known fact there are too many people enslaved to such drugs. The mental health issues lots of Americans do have probably comes more from the lifestyle and pressure that people undergo from the non-protectiveness of the government, there not being a good childcare system, no child benefit, no proper free education allowance, no proper sickness benefit, nor unemployment benefit.

If the American government took more care of its own people, including ensuring greater equality among all races and cultures, there would be far fewer problems.

Pastor Idleman easily points the finger at the American citizen who, according to her, has abandoned God, though she does not dare to question how it comes so many Americans turned their back to Church and perhaps also to God. Though we should know that not all those who left a church did not leave God; Some even found the only real God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah, instead of sticking to that Trinity of their previous church.

Strangely enough, he also does not remark that several Americans have taken themselves another god than the God of Christ, though they still call themselves Christian. Their adoration for Donald Trump, and their faith in him, have brought them totally on the wrong track. Also their love for shooting is something the pastor does not seem to recognise as the worst cause of the major problem of gun violence in the United States.

Several pastors in the States like several Republicans do forget that guns are central, not an accessory, to the American plague of violence … The ‘Satan’ may be called the gun, but the real ‘Satan’ is in the hand pulling the trigger. For sure the shooters are the problem, but when the government takes care that there will not be a possibility to have so many shooters, lots of the problems would be solved.

We would say that to have a non-violent world one has to create a non-violent surrounding. It is true that when more people would keep to the Torah or God’s Commandments as well as keeping to Jesus’ law of brotherly love there would also not be such a problem in the States or in the other parts of the world where one would keep to the Law of God.

Though in the United States of America lots of so-called Christians say it is a God-given right to have all sorts of weapons, from hand weapons to automatic war weapons. Those American conservative and evangelical Christians with pastor Shane Idleman forget that when there are no weapons easily to buy and to get in the wrong hands lots of pain can be avoided.

The answer to gun violence is not more Bible. It’s fewer guns.

Pastor Idleman is saying there is a causal link between a country’s “Christianess” and the likelihood of your child being killed at school. Though there are much more non-Christian nations where there is never been a period where there was just a shade of violence like in the States. His idea of the less “Christian” a country becomes, the more likely they are to experience gun violence, does not make sense at all, when we look at the multitude of countries where there are nearly no Christians at all, they’re having no such violence as the country that claims to be so Christian. On the contrary, people would come to think how more people claim to be Christian, and how more violence there seems to be.

According to his thinking, it would be reasonable to conclude that the least-Christian countries on earth would have the greatest levels of gun violence, but statistics prove other.

According to a Gallup poll, the most secularized nation on earth, by the percentage of non-religious citizens, is China. So, if Pastor Idelman’s theory is correct, you would expect gun violence to be much higher in China.

writes Dan Foster, who ads

He wants to be able to brandish a Bible in one hand, and an assault rifle in the other.

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In China, access by the general public to firearms is subject to some of the strictest control measures in the world. With the exception of individuals with hunting permits, civilian firearm ownership is virtually non-existent.

The only people you will find with guns in China are law enforcement officers, military, paramilitary, and security personnel. Police are issued pistols to stop serious or dangerous crimes.

That’s why they don’t have school shootings. {Christian Pastor Offers Stupidest Solution to School Shootings Ever}

The only reasonable way to have lesser accidental, as well as shootings on purpose, is to limit access to weapons.
In general, it can be said that an ordinary citizen living in an inhabited area has no need at all for a weapon. The citizen living in a remote area might benefit from a weapon to protect himself against wild animals, but like no ordinary citizen, he does not need an assault or war weapon. Therefore, such weapons should be made unavailable to ordinary people and only allowed to soldiers on duty.

Dr. Bob Stewart writes:

The solution to violence in America requires a radical change in attitude. We must not allow our legislators to be controlled by a multi-billion dollar gun industry and by people dominated by fear, paranoia and political greed. The greatest threat to our safety is not the federal government or outlaw hordes or “lone wolf” terrorists but our narcissism and fascination with domination by force and power. The solution will involve many components, including universal background checks, red flag laws, prohibiting bump stocks, limiting magazine size, and requiring safe gun technology. {Violence and Guns}

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Please read also: Christian Pastor Offers Stupidest Solution to School Shootings Ever

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