I saw this week that the National Rifle Association (NRA) released a new mobile app entitled "NRA: Practice Range." The app permits shooters to try their skills at shooting coffin-shaped targets with bulls-eyes on the head and heart levels, and the app is approved for persons aged "4 and up." Now, this comes from a politically-motivated group who, in the wake of the Newtown, CT killing of 20 children, publicly blamed violent video games for the carnage. The hypocrisy is a little rich to say the least.
I think that years ago I may have actually joined the NRA. Knowing more about the organization today, I can neither condone its existence nor recommend anyone support it, and that means financially or through parroting its messages that mocks the suffering of others.
I wrote an article for Christian Post last year, giving my opinion as to how a Christian should view the drone war of the Obama Administration in Afghanistan. I opined then, and still do, that we Christians have a right to defend ourselves and our countrymen, and that I don't find that principle contrary to biblical teachings.
When one of His disciples drew his sword and defended our Lord by striking the slave of the high priest, Jesus was not surprised by the presence of the sword, nor would He be given His being all-knowing of what would transpire. Matthew 26:51-52. He wasn't shocked that His disciple had and wielded an instrument capable of death. In fact, His earlier instruction was to "let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one," knowing there may be a time the disciples needed to defend themselves. Luke 22:36-38.