The Great Christian Revolution (VIII) Christianity and National Defence:

IV. Judgments:
The fourth part of a Biblical covenant, is a list of judgments that will be imposed by God, who blesses man for obedience and curses man for disobedience.

Foreign military bases are for offensive military actions, not defensive ones. And likewise for the stationing abroad of thousands of military troops. There is no better example, of course, of the true mission of the Department of Defense than the current war in Iraq – an unconstitutional, unnecessary, immoral, senseless, and unjust war if there ever were one. It is unconstitutional because only Congress has the authority to declare war. It is unnecessary because Iraq was no threat to the United States. It is immoral because it was based on lies. It is unjust because it is not defensive. It is senseless because 3,400 U.S. soldiers have died in vain. The war in Iraq is also terribly expensive, costing the American taxpayers over $200 million a day. The final cost of the war is projected to be as high as $2 trillion. That is a far cry from the $50 billion that then Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said the war would cost. 1

I Samuel 13:19-22 shows that the Philistines endeavoured to gain a military advantage over the children of Israel by controlling and restricting their access to blacksmiths. “Otherwise,” (they said), “the Hebrews will make swords or spears.” Israel had to go to the Philistines and pay to get any metalwork done, so when “the day of battle came” (v.22), only Saul and Jonathan were armed.

Removal of a communities’ ability to bear arms (or only permit those “licenced” to have arms), has been a tool used by governments to wage war on a defenceless people. This was one of the concerns of the framers of the U. S. Constitution, who knew first-hand the dangers that an unprepared populace faced from a ruthless government.

The Christian patriot, Patrick Henry, warned that “the great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.”  The third President and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, said, "No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

In “Tragedy and Hope,” (1966) Carroll Quigley argued that the American War of Independence was successful because the Americans possessed weapons that were comparable to those possessed by the British troops, and that this was why there were a series of revolts against despotic governments in the seventeenth century.2

Man was created to “rule and have dominion” (Gen.1:26-28), but when men reject Jesus Christ and His Word, their desire to rule becomes perverse and depraved. As a consequence, more civilians died at the hands of their own government, and in conflicts in the twentieth century, then in all of human history. It was a grim and awful century, especially if you were an unarmed civilian who made the fatal mistake of trusting your government. The century began with the U.S./Filippino conflict (which commenced in 1898), and civilian losses of the Filippinos have been estimated at between 250,000 and 1 million.3

During the First World War, Turkey (a Moslem nation) had a substantial minority of Armenians, who were largely Christian. They were also generally unarmed. Under the guise of “troop movements” and “deportations,” the Turkish government decided to deal with what they considered to be the Armenian problem.

Arnold Toynbee was a highly respected British historian of the 1950’s. His book “The Treatment of the Armenians,” is enlightening.4  Between 1 and 1.5 million Armenians are estimated to have perished in the first religious/racial genocide of the twentieth century.

The fact that it was not well publicised did not go unnoticed abroad.5  Lenin, who wrote that "a system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie,” disarmed the Russians, which paved the way for Stalin to commit genocide against the Kulaks in the 1930s, with over 6 million casualities, not to speak of the millions of others who got in his way.

The Nazis inherited lists of firearm owners and their firearms when they “lawfully ”took over in March 1933, under legislation framed to limit the private use of firearms in 1928. They used these inherited registration lists to seize privately held firearms. Thus Hitler was able to deny gun ownership to anybody (such as Jews) through licensing. Knowing exactly who owned which firearms, the Nazis had only to revoke the annual ownership permits or decline to renew them. 6

In 1938 the Nazis enhanced the 1928 law. The Nazi Weapons Law introduced hand-gun control. Firearms ownership was restricted to Nazi party members and other "reliable" people who would support the regime. (It is significant that sections of the 1938 law were copied and used in the U.S.Gun Control Act of 1968.)

In China, Mao made even Hitler look pretty ordinary.

When Mao’s troops took a village they would kidnap rich people. They would then offer to return the victims in exchange for money. The victims would be released upon payment. Then they would be kidnapped again. This time, the demand was for guns. Then they would be released again. This made the deal look reasonable to the families of the next victims. But once they had the community’s guns, the mass arrests and executions began. 7

How many died as a result of persecutions and the communist policies of Mao? …It could be as low as 40 million. It could be as high as 100 million – or more. In the Great Leap Forward from 1959 to 1961 alone, figures range between 20 million to 75 million. In the period before, 20 million. In the period after, tens of millions more. 8

Pol Pot in Cambodia believed in emulating the regime of Mao (who himself had wanted to out-do Stalin in his ruthlessness). About 1.5 million Cambodians died under his regime. The usual scenario was followed: remove the guns from the community by confiscation, then do what you wish in the community. Pol Pot was another example of the sobering fact, that

there has been no greater threat to life, liberty, and property throughout the ages than government. Even the most violent and brutal private individuals have been able to inflict only a mere fraction of the harm and destruction that have been caused by the use of power by political authorities. 9

By 1994 in Rwanda, the considerable ill-feeling between the Hutus, and their neighboring tribe, the Tutsis, was festering, and the country was politically unstable. The Hutus had machine-guns; the Tutsis did not.

When systematic violence was unleashed against the Tutsis, neither the U. N. (which was on the spot with Peacekeepers), the French (which had supplied the Hutus, and had commercial interests in the country), or the U.S., all of them knowing what was taking place, was willing to forcibly intervene to protect the Tutsis. The consequences? Three months of planned and organised violence, with 800,000-1 million civilian deaths.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who headed the organization's "peacekeeping" division before being appointed to the top post, was censured in the so-called Carlsson Report on the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which claimed as many as a million lives.

Annan had received detailed advance intelligence about the impending massacres of the Tutsis from both the on-scene UN commander, Canadian Colonel Romeo Dallaire, and various informants within the Hutu-led government. He nonetheless continued with the program to disarm the Rwandan civilians and ordered Dallaire to burn his own sources by sharing his intelligence with the same regime that was planning the slaughter.10 Annan later received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Did the West learn anything from the twentieth century? I doubt it.

In 1997 [in Great Britain] pistols were used in 2648 crimes, and in 2007… they were involved in 4175 crimes. Thus the ban on pistols [in the meantime] in the hands of law abiding citizens has resulted in a [57%] increase of their use by criminals… Criminals are, by definition, those who do not obey the law. The absence of legally-held pistols has not stopped them from having whatever class of gun they prefer, including significant numbers of sub-machine guns. The Dunblane shootings, [in Scotland, on March 13, 1996] which prompted the handgun ban, occurred in the run-up to a general election and that was the single most important factor. The politicians concerned did not care then and do not care now that the whole thing was a pathetic farce. 11

The fact is that
 “genocide happens. It doesn’t happen whenever the would-be targets own guns.” 12

George Orwell was right. The famous author of Animal Farm and 1984, who knew something about political oppression and opportunism, also wrote Why Citizens Need to Be Armed. He said "that rifle on the wall of the labourer's cottage or working class flat is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there."

Sources:

1.Selbrede, M., “National Defence and the Bible,” Chalcedon Foundation website, 2009.

2. North, G., “Gun Control and Genocide,”p. 7, Lew Rockwell website, 27/4/2005.

3. ibid, p.1.

4. Toynbee’s summary, Part VI, “The Deportation of 1915: Procedure,” gives us some detail: “The disarming of the civil population was left to the local authorities, and in every administrative centre a reign of terror began. The authorities demanded the production of a definite number of arms. Those who could not produce them were tortured, often in fiendish ways; those who procured them for surrender, by purchase from their Moslem neighbours or by other means, were imprisoned for conspiracy against the government…it became evident that the inquisition for arms was being used as a cloak to deprive the community of its natural heads.”

5. North, ibid., p.7.

6. North, p.7.

7. ibid., p.7

8. Rockwell, L., “China: From Death Camp to Civilisation,” his website, 21/7/2007.

 9. Rockwell, L., “China: From Death Camp to Civilisation,” his website, 21/7/2007.

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10.  Grigg, W, “Support Your Global Police?” Lew Rockwell’s website, 14th October, 2009.

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11. “Australian Shooter” magazine, June 2008, p.34-5.

    12. North, G., “Gun Control and Genocide,” p.8, Lew Rockwell’s website, 27/4/2005.

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