The debate on gun control escalated in the United States as a result of different massacres carried out on innocent civilians, for example, the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech and other subsequent shootings in various schools has escalated the debate on the use of gun among the citizens. However, there is a controversy between the Christians and the non-Christians on gun control, thus the aim of this paper is to highlight the ethical perspectives regarding gun control in the United States. Hence, the questions many ask, “do the US citizens need more Gun Control, and is it the Government's ethical responsibility to legislate it, and what are the Christians view on this issue?”
The Bible was written decades before any form of guns were invented, therefore, the term “gun control” cannot be allocated anywhere in the bible despite the fact that the Bible reports several accounts of wars, battles, and the use of weapons in addition to self-defense, and the proper mindset with these things. In Mark 13:7 and James 4:1, the conflicts are highlighted as unavoidable elements of living in a collapsed world and weapons are essential parts of the conflict. In the bible, weapons were used for personal protection, therefore, owning a weapon for self-defense is never condemned in the Bible, actually, it was cited in a positive light by Jesus Himself on one occasion (Esv Study Bible Luke 22:35-38).
Debates over guns control or how much to control them, depend on political, ethical and philosophical arguments, and not moral ones, however, this does not mean that there is no moral element regarding this issue (Feinberg, Paul, and Aldous, 18).