Thursday, September 01, 2005

What I've Learned From Katrina

I need to buy a gun and to learn how to use it.

Anarchy is a heartbeat away from civilization.

UPDATE: Apparently, I'm not alone in this sentiment.

Jeff the Baptist offers important advice for the gun-ignorant.

RELATED: The private sector is stepping in where the government fears to tread. Hat tip.


Gord said...

NO! WRONG! If everyone is armed the anarchy comes faster. I understand the impulse but no no no no no.

THe answer is never never never to escalate the chance of killing (and, much like the Unforgivable Curses in Harry Potter, it is likely the "good" person who does not really want to kill/injure someone who will not succeed in doing so). I am not sure what the answer is but arming the whole populace is definetely not it.

John said...

Gord, until we are all pacifists, none of us can be.

The violence experienced in New Orleans is not due to the presence of arms, but the inequal distribution of them. The looters would behave themselves if they knew that the price of that widescreen TV would be death.

Anonymous said...

I thought this was a rational faith and politics site - buy guns - my God have you ever read the bible and Jesus? How about Martin Luther KIng? George

John Wilks said...


If my survival was my goal in life, I would agree. Anyone looking to survive the trials and dangers of a fallen world is better off armed to the teeth for times like this.

But Someone once said something about the one who seeks their life shall lose it and the one who lays down their life for His sake shall find it.

Now, maybe I'm being overly literal and maybe Jesus was being somewhat aloof. So I won't dare judge you if this disaster makes you go buy a gun so that you can protect your household.

But if I'm even in a situation like this, I'll let the looters take the stuff. I'd rather lose my TV than take someone's life.

John said...

If I were a single man, I wouldn't head down this road. But as a married man, I have an obligation to protect my wife, with my life if necessary.

As New Orleans shows, this isn't just a theological exercise. Given the neighborhood I live in and the fact that I life in Florida, a hurricane will hit us hard at some point in the next few years. It's unavoidable.

I won't have my family gunned down in the street because I refused to protect them.