So You Believe Jesus Would Support Semi-Automatic Assault Rifles? Congrats, You’re a Fool

Conservative “Christians” never cease to amaze me.  Many of these people claim to be “followers of Jesus Christ” while being some of the most hateful, willfully ignorant, bigoted, racist, paranoid individuals I’ve ever encountered.  Which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense considering the fact that if you’re gong to call yourself a “follower of Christ,” you’re not supposed to act like a prick.

But I think some of my favorite right-wing “Christian” conservatives are the gun nuts.  I don’t “troll” many people, but I love getting these people worked up about Jesus and guns.

Because it blows my mind that many of these so-called “Christians” honestly believe that if Jesus were alive today, he’d fully support the ownership and carrying of loaded semi-automatic assault rifles.  Heck, to even believe that Jesus Christ would support guns at all to me is pretty laughable.

Jesus Christ (whether you believe he existed or not) symbolized love, hope, compassion, giving, generosity, peace and acceptance.  I’m really not quite sure how you rationalize those beliefs with the need to own (and carry with you in public) semi-automatic rifles meant for killing humans.  

Don’t give me this nonsense about “I use my AK-47/AR-15 to hunt.”  While you might use it to hunt, that’s not what it’s meant for.  Hell, I can use dynamite to fish.  That doesn’t suddenly make it fishing gear.

And yes, I know there’s some scripture about Jesus using a whip, or encouraging his people to buy a sword, but that doesn’t suddenly mean that he would support guns.

Society is just slightly different than it was over 2,000 years ago, and a sword isn’t exactly the same thing as a gun that can discharge 20 rounds in a matter of seconds.  I can guarantee you if guns didn’t exist, and swords were the main “weapon of choice,” we wouldn’t have 8-10k people dying each year in this country from sword violence.

And if you believe Jesus would support guns, then why not say he would support RPG’s or tanks?  Those would be pretty effective tools for “self-defense” as well.

I just can’t fathom how there are millions of people who honestly believe that Jesus Christ would support these gun fanatics and groups like the NRA.  People who preach fear, paranoia and hate.

It’s just asinine.

Then again, these are often many of the same people who claim they follow the teachings of Jesus Christ while hating, judging and actively seeking to oppress pretty much anyone who doesn’t look and act like they do.  So to say that they don’t seem to have the slightest damn clue as to what Jesus Christ actually stood for would be an understatement.  Which is probably why they think that if Jesus were alive today, he’d be pro-gun.

You’d have to be a fool to say you follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, while professing your belief that if he were alive today he’d be standing there alongside you with a loaded semi-automatic gun strapped to his back.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.