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Gun Owners: Should We Listen to Bob Costas or Jesus Christ?
Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2012 | Doug Giles

Posted on 12/09/2012 7:07:04 AM PST by Kaslin

As most of you know, during a football game last week Bob Costas lectured us po’ goofy Americans about the evils of a “gun culture” and how we need to evolve away from being obsessed with firearms. As soon as I heard that drivel roll off Mr. C’s tongue I ordered another 30/06, a sweet Walther PPK and a custom .416 Rigby turnbolt. Cowabunga, Bob. Thanks for reminding me to buy more guns.

First off, let me help you, Robert: Guns do not kill people. Dads with daughters do. Oh, and BTW, Planned Parenthood kills a lot of people … like real innocent babies … like the most vulnerable form of all humanity. Why don’t you piss and moan about PP, Roberto? What’s that I hear? Crickets? Yep, crickets from Costas on the evils of the abortion mills. I would’ve thought that crime would have made Bobby incensed. Oh, well.

Another thing I thought was weird was Bob launching into an anti-gun diatribe during a football game. A football game, BC? Look, I know he was trying to be relevant in his commentary as it related to Belcher’s murder/suicide, but whizzing on guns to a football crowd is like pooh-poohing pasta and red wine to Italians. You should have saved that lecture for a figure skating event where the male contestants are sashaying to Spandau Ballet, doing pirouettes and floating around in unitards with glitter in their hair. You could have come on during a gentle moment and said, “Don’t you think we have too many guns? You do? Me too.”

When it comes to the topic of self-defense I couldn’t give a flibbertigibbet what the heavily guarded Bob Costas says about my right to keep and bear as many firearms as I want. On such a serious topic, I take my cue from a high power. No, I’m not talking about Chuck Norris. I’m talking about Jesus Christ. Yes, what saith the second person of the godhead is what I want to know.

Now, when discussing what Christ would green light in regard to defending one’s self, it’s usually good to actually go to the gospels, read them and then draw conclusions. Here’s what I’ve gotten after scouring Scripture a few times:

1. In His earthly ministry, Jesus didn’t carry a weapon except the time when He took a whip (a whip! You gotta love it!) and drove the TBN clowns out of the temple. He didn’t chide them or write them a strong but tasteful e-mail asking them to please not do that kind of stuff in church.

What did the meek and mild Messiah do? He whipped them. I wonder if the Christ-is-a-pacifist-wuss Christian can picture sweet Jesus laying the leather to the backs of the marketers who were making His Father’s house a place of merchandise.

If Christ were to do that today He’d be thrown in prison, and 99.9% of churches in the USA wouldn’t have Him speak at their annual Hallelujah Aren’t We Fabulous conference because Jesus wouldn’t be behaving very “Christ-like.”

2. It’s clear from Scripture that Jesus didn’t need weapons because He had at His disposal an angelic host that could flatten armies. I unfortunately don’t have that capability.

Christ had supernatural protection, and His disciples carried swords. I, too, believe that God supernaturally protects me, to some degree, because I should have been dead a long time ago. However, should my guardian angel be napping or busy doing something else other than trying to keep up with my dumb ass, I’ll be okay because Smith & Wesson art with me as well.

3. Lastly, in Luke 22:36-38 Christ told His disciples, even though He personally did not pack a weapon, that they, in light of His departure, should get a deadly weapon—namely a sword. Check it out …

And he [Jesus] said to them [His disciples], “But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one. For I tell you that this which is written must be fulfilled in Me, ‘And he was numbered with transgressors’; for that which refers to Me has its fulfillment.” They said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”

Jesus told them—didn’t ask or mildly suggest—but told His buddies to sell their leather jacket if need be and buy a sword. The sword that Christ told His compadres to purchase was not a QVC decorative Claymore to hang on their walls to commemorate the good times they had when Yeshua was around. The original word used for sword in this text was a large knife used for killing animals and cutting flesh. It was particularly fashioned for short, deadly thrusts in hand-to-hand combat.

Jesus didn’t tell them to carry a whistle, a shofar horn, or a bag of sand to blow in bad guys’ eyes, but a dagger-like sword—a vicious, nasty and deadly weapon not used for cutting vegetables, spreading butter or splitting a bagel but for violently tapping a lung or heart in case of an attack. Now, in a 21st century WWJD context, even though He didn’t personally carry a weapon, what do you think He thinks about His followers defending themselves with deadly force, huh, Mr. Costas?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bobcostas; faithandfamily; guns; jesus; liberalmedia; secondamendment

1 posted on 12/09/2012 7:07:11 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Excellent article. Thanks for posting!


2 posted on 12/09/2012 7:16:02 AM PST by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Kaslin; marktwain; Travis McGee; Chode
EXCELLENT!!
3 posted on 12/09/2012 7:18:31 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Kaslin

When did the sports media’s little ankle biters get reputed to have more than cliches between their mushy ears?

Why would anyone elevate Bob Costas comments to a level of comparison with the statements of Jesus? Since, we are “no longer a Christian Nation”, should his stupid remarks be shown how they are in direct conflict with Mohammed as well?

Somebody, should be showing his sponsors the error of their ways.


4 posted on 12/09/2012 7:20:16 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah. Too many Christians - and others - miss the fact that Jesus was no Ghandi. He also was no PETA sympathizer. Remember what he did to that herd of swine he infested with demons?


5 posted on 12/09/2012 7:25:09 AM PST by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: Kaslin

On facebook from SomeEEcards (I think)...I saw the following quote: “Maybe Bob Costas will call for a ban on cars after the tragic events involving a Dallas Cowboys player driving drunk and killing a teammate”..............


6 posted on 12/09/2012 7:29:52 AM PST by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: DTogo

The libtard view of guns and self-defense:


7 posted on 12/09/2012 7:34:45 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Kaslin

The Bible passage never says Jesus whipped the backs of the marketers, just that he drove out the sheep and cattle and cleared the temple. Nevertheless there are plenty of examples in the bible where a weapon was used for self defense, one example is David and Goliath.


8 posted on 12/09/2012 7:43:54 AM PST by ScottfromNJ
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To: blueyon; Kaslin

Apart from that “Cowboy” incidents, how many people daily are killed by cars, hmmm???


9 posted on 12/09/2012 8:00:09 AM PST by danamco (-)
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To: Travis McGee
LOLOLOL!!! first laugh of the day!!!

10 posted on 12/09/2012 8:10:08 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin

I am not aware of the whip mentioned - my versions says he overturned tabels, etc. However, far too many use the “turn the other cheek” and “give him your cloak too” as “proof” that He didn’t want us to defend ourselves. Not reacting with force to torts is a bit different than allowing yourself to be killed just to prove that you’re not a violent sort - I don’t see anything in the Bible that says it’s not OK to duck or to use deadly force to defend yourself.


11 posted on 12/09/2012 8:10:26 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: DTogo
You should have saved that lecture for a figure skating event where the male contestants are sashaying to Spandau Ballet, doing pirouettes and floating around in unitards with glitter in their hair. You could have come on during a gentle moment and said, “Don’t you think we have too many guns? You do? Me too.”

and there it is...

the only real part a gun played in this mess was him killing HIMSELF since he just as easily could have beaten her to death but not himself

12 posted on 12/09/2012 8:14:19 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ScottfromNJ

Matthew 12:29

Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

And yes he did whip the money changers

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

John 2:13-16

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.”


13 posted on 12/09/2012 8:14:46 AM PST by 100American (Knowledge is knowing how, Wisdom is knowing when)
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To: Kaslin

I’m rephrasing one sentence, which is a keeper!!!

Guns do not kill people. Planned Parenthood kills people.


14 posted on 12/09/2012 8:17:46 AM PST by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Planned Parenthood kills people.)
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To: Kaslin

Jeffrey Snyder in “A Nation of Cowards” covered the moral responsibility of self protection abundantly well.

http://jim.com/cowards.htm


15 posted on 12/09/2012 9:08:42 AM PST by chickenlips
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To: trebb

John 2:15
And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. ESV (English Stanadrd Version). Also NIV.

“Scourge of cords” in NASB

We all must remember that the Lord was zealous for the house of His Father and this was not a case of personal protection. Still the Bible has other references that support personal protection.


16 posted on 12/09/2012 9:16:21 AM PST by chickenlips
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To: chickenlips

Thanks - I’m sure I must have read it and like so much else, missed (or didn’t fully pick up on) some of the points. I guess that’s what’s so great about the Bible - each time you go over certain passages, much more comes to light. God Bless.


17 posted on 12/09/2012 9:19:43 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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18 posted on 12/09/2012 9:20:43 AM PST by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: Travis McGee

19 posted on 12/09/2012 10:22:30 AM PST by Zakeet (Calling the Obozo/Bernack economy sluggish is an insult to slugs)
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To: Kaslin

I have a hard time imagining anybody giving a sh*t about anything Bob Costas ever said.


20 posted on 12/09/2012 11:32:41 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: sickoflibs; NFHale; stephenjohnbanker; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas
great article, too many good quotes to copy...

and remember, as a first century carpenter, Lord Jesus was prolly packing some hand/upper body strength in his human body...put a whip in those hands, and a Righteous fire in those eyes, and i bet the temple cleared out pretty quickly indeed...

lastly, Luke 22:36 was the one verse that finally peaked my curiosity for more, realizing that Christ wasnt just some meek, turn the other cheek guy, but in reality is awaiting the time to crush His enemies...

21 posted on 12/09/2012 1:34:41 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: ozzymandus

My thoughts exactly.


22 posted on 12/09/2012 2:07:53 PM PST by Ax ("Bring the Pikes Together for the Risin' o' the Moon.")
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To: Travis McGee

The winning poster is very disturbing. Who in hades is teaching children that it is better to be a dead victim than using a weapon for self-defense?


23 posted on 12/09/2012 2:14:56 PM PST by DesertSapper (Becoming more libertarian by the day)
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To: DesertSapper

It’s a spoof, I’m sure. “Chuckie Bloomfield” is the giveaway.


24 posted on 12/09/2012 2:16:45 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: trebb

Then you aren’t looking. He told us not to use force to spread the gospel. Jesus makes no requirement for pacifism.


25 posted on 12/09/2012 2:34:14 PM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: trebb

Sorry, I missed the “not” in your last sentence.


26 posted on 12/09/2012 2:35:27 PM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Kaslin

Ping to read later

27 posted on 12/09/2012 4:38:14 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("If you are not firm in faith, you will not be firm at all" - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: wastoute
Sorry, I missed the “not” in your last sentence.

No problem - I make the same mistake all the time. I believe we are in agreement that it is OK under Christianity to defend ourselves from harm and that we can only offer the Word to others - we can't shove it down their throats. God Bless.

28 posted on 12/15/2012 4:29:22 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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