As my worldview changes there are holdouts from my previous perspective that refuse to change. That means there I have various intellectual struggles taking place in my heart and mind, as I seek to reconcile my different beliefs.

One of those struggles has been over guns and self-defense. I hold to the belief that self-defense is right that people have. One evidence of this is in Jesus' teaching that we are to turn the other cheek. We cannot voluntarily turn our cheek if we didn't first have the right to fight back.

So I believe that guns provide people with an effective means of protecting themselves. Yet, I have been uncomfortable with joining the voices proclaiming how great guns are. I wasn't sure why I felt uncomfortable until I read this blog post by Micah Murray. He was able to put to words the feelings I have about guns.

I missed “Bring Your Gun to Starbucks Day” this week.

The plan was to “thank starbucks for standing up for our right to bear arms” by bearing arms into Starbucks and ordering coffee. There was a logo and everything – the Starbucks mermaid-goddess, brandishing two handguns, framed with the words “I Love Guns & Coffee”.

I find this all rather disconcerting.

I understand why you need to carry a gun. I understand the need for self defense. I understand that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”.

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