As liberals ratchet up anti-second amendment rhetoric, this has led to a rocketing increase in gun sales.  The left despises gun ownership, though many of the wealthy among them are, ironically, protected by heavily armed body guards.  They inherently realize that weapons are a deterrent. They always have been.

In Virginia, an interesting correlation has begun to emerge. FoxNews reports, “Amid calls nationwide for stricter gun control laws, Virginia is experiencing a unique trend: the state’s gun-related crime is declining but firearms sales are increasing. Firearms sales rose 16 percent to a record 490,119 guns purchased from licensed gun dealers in 2012, according to sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. During the same period, major crimes committed with firearms dropped 5 percent to 4,378.”

It would be interesting to see which areas of the state have increased their gun ownership and which ones have not. Those districts that have higher law abiding gun ownership have probably seen an even higher drop. In contrast, when weapons are few, crime goes up. When criminals, especially organized crime, know that weapons are few, they smell blood, and our unsecured borders and liberal inner cities magnify that reality. The lion does the same thing towards the sick zebra. It’s risky and too much work to attack the strong, so they prey upon the weak and vulnerable. Criminals do likewise, so men arm themselves and achieve peace through strength.

As Christians, we too arm ourselves and work to protect the weak as the Scripture dictates,

“He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?”

(Micah 6:8 ESV)

Even so, we still ask ourselves, “Why do we even need to be concerned about criminals, terrorists, etc. to begin with and thus the ability to meet them with fierce weapons?” SIN

17 And to Adam he said,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife
and have eaten of the tree
of which I commanded you,
‘You shall not eat of it,’
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;
and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”

(Genesis 3:17-19 ESV)

Adam rebelled against the Living God. Death entered the world, and the sinful heart manifested itself right out of the gate with Cain (Genesis 4-ESV). Less that 2,000 years later, God sent the Flood (Genesis 7) because “5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” (Genesis 6:5-ESV). The Apostle Paul declares, “22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies,” (Romans 8:22-2ESV).

Man finds himself born into a world that is coming apart at the seams, but God has not left the world hopeless, something He was not obligated to do. “19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” (Romans 5:19-21).

Therefore, every time we pick up our weapons to target shoot or defend ourselves in perilous situations (whether against a common criminal or a tyrannical government), remember that we brandish such weapons because of sin, yet, more importantly, let them be a reminder to look towards Christ as the ultimate Redeemer from our present calamity.