According to the gospel of Mathew (2:16-18), the Holy Innocents were the children Herod the Great massacred in Bethlehem in his attempt to kill the child Jesus....
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(cont.) This puts the responsibility not just on (in this case) an individual who owns guns (e.g., to insure that they're safe from children, theft, and use in suicidal situations) but on the entire gun owning community to do their civic best to 'police' their peers in the best interests of all concerned--the gun owners and the public who are subject to abuse from guns. Defenders of the "right to bear arms" cite the constitution as though it is the Bible. Actually, they ignore much of the social commentary offered by Jesus that would contradict their claims and point, instead, to a more civil and responsible practice. Not unlike cars, with freedom to use comes a responsibility to use in ways that don't jeopardize others.
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Not surprisingly, but this well-reasoned plea, with a religious foundation, has elicited no responses. Either the NRA claque has not noticed it, has decided that it is too reasonable to argue against, or choose to fight other similar posts. The "justification ethic" (which should be of some interest to the religiously/ethically inclined) offers that anyone (in this case the NRA, not necessarily most responsible gun owners) who propose a course of action that is can conceivably have a negative impact on others, is required (ethically) to give evidence and warrant in advance that the consequences of their actions will NOT be harmful. We acknowledge this principal daily in matters of law when we punish people or corporations for their failure to observe "due care." Guns are an especially sensitive issue when it comes to this: they have great potential for harm, and this needs to be weighed against any claims for good. (cont.)
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