Feb 24

Open Thought: Have We Made the Gun a Graven Image?”

As I listen to our President, the NRA and many people across America, I ask myself, “Have we made the gun a graven image?”  Is the Second Amendment greater than the Second Commandment?

The Second Amendment says one has a right to “bear arms.”  The Second Commandment says one does not have the right to make anything a “graven image. ”  What do they mean?  How have both been misinterpreted, misused and abused?

Let’s look at the Second Amendment:

It reads:  “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  The question  becomes “What is a militia?”  It seems to be a key factor in the definition.   It is “a military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency.”  Is one person a military force? or is a group like the national guard considered a military force?  Does an individual, without the civil population “raising them up” have a right to collect an arsenal of weapons–weapons that kill great numbers of people in minutes without there being a community derived emergency?  Who determines what an emergency is?  One person or the people collectively?    What does “raising up” really mean?  Has this country declared a state of emergency that an eighteen-year-old can grab an assault rifle and mow down his classmates?

America … we have allowed politics, greed and lack of logic to govern the reasonable intent of our forefathers.  We have limited that well stated amendment to a few words … “my individual right to bear arms.”  There is nothing in the amendment that speaks to individuality.  Then … there is the phrase “well regulated.”  To regulate means to restrict, or place limitations on.  The “right to bear arms” people want no restrictions, even when first graders are being drenched in blood.   Another question arises, “What are we securing ourselves from?  Teachers? Elementary children? High school children?  We need to secure ourselves from “mass murders!”

Now … The Second Commandment.

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (Exodus 20: 4). 

A graven image is an idol–a god.  Have many Americans made “guns” a god?  Guns are designed “to kill.”  That is their sole purpose.  Placing one in your arms, means you are preparing to kill.  So the question becomes, Is it more important to this nation to allow anyone wishing to kill somebody the right to do so at the expense of the hundreds of people who have been killed?  Guns have become an obsession in this country, and we are paying a human price for it.  We have allowed irresponsible politicians, greedy gun manufacturers and the NRA to take away our sense of logic, morality and the God we should serve.  Shame on us America!  

When Moses received the message from God to write The Ten Commandments, they were not written for spiritual people –spiritual were not doing the evils that Moses saw the children of Israel doing, it was human beings committing those acts.   Thus, it was revealed to him by God to design laws that “met a human need.”  The Ten Commandments. 

Jesus’ teachings reiterated those Commandments.  Why?  Human beings needed them to keep us in check!  Our forefathers designed the Constitution to keep us in check … not at the expense of each other but in harmony with each other.  We have taken  many of those amendments, the Second Amendment being one, and used, abused and manipulated them to fit our own selfish desires and ambitions.

It’s time the citizens of America  stop allowing a few people to interpret our Constitution to fit their purposes, and leave human carnage scattered over this nation.  It’s time we stop being cowards and do what we know is right!  It’s time to stop listening to lies and adopt laws that protect innocent people.  We became a great nation because of the sincerity and practice of our Constitution… not the manipulation of it.  If we want to remain great, we must practice righteousness, equality, mercy and divine intelligence.  To continue in the pathway that we are standing in now, will be our demise.

Where are our spiritual leaders?  Why are they not speaking out against the gun laws that are destroying us?  Are they in bed with the NRA too?

If you read this article . . . look within yourself, and … let your divine consciousness be your guide!




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