Someone on a social media site made the irrational statement that guns were part of the culture of death. I object. Inanimate objects have no power to act on their own behalf; thus, as inanimate objects, they are incapable of making the moral decisions necessary to join either the culture of death or the Culture of Life.
Guns are not culture of death because an inanimate tool is incapable of making a moral decision in the same way a scalpel is, also, not part of the culture of death. Both these tools can be used to defend innocent life and both of these tools can be used to kill entirely dependent on the moral decisions of the human who wields them. The culture is in the hands of the person wielding that tool.
I personally favor the unrestricted freedom of all citizens to acquire such tools. Each acting person, by virtue of the gift of free will, is responsible for how they choose to use those tools. Guns are great equalizers making the 130 pound women in her home the equal of the 250 pound man hopped up on drugs who just busted into her home. Her life and her children’s lives are defended by the power of a tool used morally.
Dear Lord, please help people to recognize that only humans can act and by their actions join the culture of death or the Culture of Life. Please defend our freedom to own tools with which we can defend innocent life. +Amen.