Gun rights shouldn’t trump life rights

Jun 25, 2014

My question to the “open carry” people is — how can the rest of us tell the difference between you and the person who shot up the university, or the movie theater, or the mall, or the lawmen at the pizzeria?

The answer: We can’t until it’s too late. In exercising their gun rights their tunnel vision overlooks an important fact.

The first right in the Bill of Rights is for life. Guns, speech, etc., are amendments added later and should never overshadow the very first one, and it was put first for that reason.

Exercising any right comes with responsibility for any and all reactions, which most people seem to have forgotten.

—Paul Rudolf



Where's the dead horse to beat?


Clearly the Register doesn't have anything else to report on, so they throw something not in the news, that isn't releveant yet controversial, to create inflated hits on their website. Just like I'm doing now. Where's Matt Westerhold!?


The issue of gun safety, gun owner rights and the need for universal background checks isn't relevant? The 65 comments (thus far) to this brief article certainly suggest otherwise.


The First Amendment is about life? That is interesting...

How can we tell the difference between the writer and the people that have used pressure cookers or pipes as bombs. We should probably outlaw pressure cookers and pipes as well. That will solve all of our issues.


Try telling that to some guy pointing a gun at your head trying to rob you or take your life.


Carrying a gun is antithetical to what Jesus preached, how he lived, and how he died. Trusting in guns is a failure of trust in God’s plan on how the Christian should approach the world and each other.

From the Grave

So is condemning people who hold different beliefs.


@ thinkagain

Nah..... you have some confusion and naivety going on there.


"Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one."
Luke 22:36
Hard to listen to your drivel when Jesus was surrounded by armed guards. (They hacked a ear off a guard when he was arrested)
You and your ilk are antithetical to the Republic of the United states and what is it meant to protect.


Golly gee golly, thank you SO much for the out of context Bible verse. I stand in awe at the overwhelming biblical knowledge you possess.

Your ilk keep trotting out a single quote from Jesus that can be interpreted as either a defense of self-defensive weaponry or a questioning of it, depending on your viewpoint. I'm appealing to his entire life, message, and death, to argue that a reliance on violence to ensure our and our loved one's safety, with any sort of weaponry, from swords to guns to words, is antithetical to what Jesus preached, how he lived, and how he died.

Luke 22:37-38 And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.

Enough? Two swords were enough? Enough for what? Were the two swords enough for an armed rebellion to resist the authorities and to impose the new Jesus movement? Hardly

Do you think Jesus may have a deeper meaning in mind than the violent use of the swords?

Now pay attention closely, here’s your first clue:

Matthew 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

By far the clearest purpose of the two swords is Jesus’ reference to Isaiah’s prophecy (53:12).

On the cross he asked his heavenly Father to forgive the very people who were responsible for his execution.

None of the Apostles even tried to fight their way out of trials with swords. Instead, all of the Apostles but John were martyred as a direct result of persecution

Oh by the way, ya might just want to also take a peek at Luke 6:27-36…

So, if you want to carry guns to kill people–go ahead and do that as an American.

Just don’t bring Jesus and the kingdom of God into it.

I’ll leave the explanation of Matthew 10:34 to our next class. I see some heads starting to nod.


You are NOT a teacher .
You should be sitting in a classroom.


Your interpretation of your book is your and your alone. Jesus was violent (Beating up money changers) and was followed around by armed guards according to the bible.Interpreting it differently will send you to "Hell"
“Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it."
Deuteronomy 12:32
As for Being American Keep your religion out of my rights and ill keep my rights out of your religion.


ThinkAgain: Thank you for pointing out one of the thousands of Bible inconsistencies. The biblical verse Donegan mentioned IS pertinent, and wasn't taken out of context any more than your quoted verses were.

The problem is that the Bible contradicts itself with great regularity. Donegan simply found one example of that.


Only someone biblically illiterate, like yourself, could make such a statement. No one who has read the words of Jesus’s sermon on the mount, would think He wanted Christians to kill.


Praise God and pass the ammo!

Dr. Information

Hey Paul. It's your right not to want to carry but it's my right to. Criminals do not care or are not interested in obeying the laws.

The difference between a criminal and someone who carries is huge.

Best the horse some more.


Hey Doc: the difference between someone who carries a gun and someone who doesn't carry is huge. I can get shot by the former, and will absolutely not get shot by the latter.

Professor Playdoh

Slow News Day...Lets talk Guns...


What an idiot. If I open carry a hammer is that ok? Afterall how do you know if I'm a good guy or bad guy? A gun is nothing more than a tool. If some mental case wants to kill people he will find a way. Best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.


And with that hammer you can throw it over 50 yards right? And with that hammer you can kill several people within seconds right? I'm not so much against CCW but your argument is pretty lame.

Dr. Information

A man killed a dozen people in China with a medium sized knife. Makes your point pretty dumb too.


@ Dr. Information

Did he kill all 12 of them while they were all in the same room at the same time ?


Ram: your last sentence is hogwash. I read that, in the most recent mass shooting in Colorado, three of the victims were carrying guns, yet were still shot.

Here's a more truthful version of your campaign slogan: The best way for a bad guy with a gun to stop a good guy with a gun is with the element of surprise. And that's really what most mass murderers have going for them, isn't it? At many of these incidents, the first victim is a security guard at the main entrance.


And another thing, does a persons God given right to life not also come with the right to defend said life? Your argument makes no logical sense, most criminals will not open carry anyhow. They will conceal until it is time to do the deed.


You make sense to me.

From the Grave

Does God give EVERY person the right to life, or just law abiding Americans(especially Christian Americans)?


Dear Paul,
How do I know if you are drunk when you get in your car? How do I know if you are going to cut a tree when you are carrying a chainsaw? Many things in life come with personal assumptions, maybe the problem is just you???


Can't we do both? Stop mentally ill/violent people from owning guns, and stop drunk people from driving cars? Shouldn't we do both?

Maybe the problem is the NRA. After all, 90% of Americans are in favor of universal background checks for gun purchases.

Professor Playdoh

I really like the Kimber Super Carry Pro. A lightweight .45 ACP that may well be the finest all-around carry pistol. I've found it to be a little heavy and went back to a Ruger SP101.


"how can the rest of us tell the difference"... You'll never see our guns, unless we need to use them.