Actress Alyssa Milano sparked a Twitter debate about the Bible, guns and the Bill of Rights following a series of shootings in Texas, Alabama, and Illinois over the weekend.
On Saturday, after a gunman’s shooting rampage in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa left seven people dead and 22 injured, Texas state Sen. Matt Schaefer of Tyler said in a Twitter thread on Saturday: “I am NOT going to use the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans.
He added, “YES to your God-given, constitutionally protected rights. YES to God, and NO to more government intrusions.”
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas responded to Milano in a series of tweets, saying that while the Bible does not specifically address gun ownership, is does address the right to life and liberty, and a key part of that is the right to defend one’s life and family.
“The right to self-defense is recognized repeatedly in the Bible, eg Exodus 22:2: ‘If a thief is caught breaking in at night & is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.’ (Note, though, verse 3 says it IS murder if during daylight (i.e., not self-defense),” Cruz said.
“The Declaration of Independence acknowledges our rights thusly: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,'” he added.
Cruz went on to describe how this right was played out when Stephen Willeford, an NRA instructor, used his gun to chase down a man who committed a mass shooting at Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church in 2017.
“That’s also why, post-Civil War, disarming black Americans was a critical objective of the KKK, and was memorialized in countless Jim Crow laws—to strip African Americans of their God-given right to self-defense from violence,” Cruz said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter