In response to Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s public service announcement (PSA), a recent news article attempted to outline the differences in approach to dealing with violent criminals who use guns. In this article, the City of Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards questioned why selling a car in Wisconsin requires transferring a title that includes information about where and when the vehicle was purchased, but no similar information is required of firearms.
Since nobody else has stepped up, I will answer Chief Edwards’ question: We have a God-given, inalienable right to self-defense. This includes defense against tyrannical people in government or a common criminal on the street. This is highlighted in the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution. Here is the text:
“A well regulated Militia [this means an armed citizenry], being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Registration of firearms ALWAYS leads to confiscation of firearms. This is a historical fact, which is irrefutable.
In contrast, we have no God-given inalienable right to an automobile. There is nothing in the US Constitution highlighting automobile ownership as a guard against tyranny. The primary purpose of registering automobiles is to provide a revenue stream for people in government.
With all due respect to Chief Edwards, this comparison is sophomoric and panders to the lowest common denominator. If we as a society are truly interested in reducing violent crime, we must bring Biblical morality back into our culture, rather than purging Biblical values from our lives. Until this topic becomes part of the discussion, we can expect more tragedies in the future.