In a recent letter to the editor of an Idaho paper, a citizen asked, "Where are the voices of the right to life people in the current gun rights debate?" I will answer the question with my perspective.

The right to life is granted to every person in our country first, by Almighty God, and second, by the U.S. Constitution. God says in His sixth commandment, "You shall not murder" (Deuteronomy 5:17). Each American's God-given right to life is further expressed in the 14th amendment, which states in Section 1, "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall ... deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law..."

Murder takes the life of an innocent person. Abortion is clearly murder, for it deliberately takes the life of an innocent person, in violation of both God's commandment and the 14th amendment. Every unborn child is a person at an early stage of development who has the right to be born and become a student, parent, worker, and servant of the Most High God.

Gun control has nothing to do with our country's current failure to protect the lives of unborn children. No law restricting AR-15 manufacture, sale, or possession will change the threat to unborn children. The letter writer stated, and I agree, "We must demand Congress change the terrifying world we live in today." This world is indeed terrifying to one in six unborn American children who face the threat of demise while still in the womb (60 million U.S. children since the Roe v. Wade court decision in 1973 ). Any murder is heinous, but consider that abortion is death by poisoning, chemical burning, and/or dismemberment - types of torture that our society doesn't (and shouldn't) even allow in combat.

Can Congress do something to end the violence against our unborn children? Absolutely. They can pass the Life at Conception Act , which defines by law that life begins at conception (which it does) and gives unborn children the protection of the 14th amendment (which they already have, as "persons"). President Trump also has the authority and duty to end abortion without action by Congress. It is his obligation to "take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" (Article II, Section 3), including the Constitution's 14th amendment (which is part of the highest law of the land).

The Second Amendment grants citizens the uninfringed right to keep and bear arms in self-defense to ensure "the security of a free state," including self-defense against a despotic centralized government (why the Patriots fought the Revolutionary War). The letter writer was correct in stating, "...along with rights, come responsibility." A moral society will show self-restraint in the use of weapons for self-defense, and it is, therefore, unnecessary (and unconstitutional) to restrict moral citizens' access to weapons. No amount of "gun control" will keep weapons from being obtained and used for evil purposes by wicked men. The solution to our nation's violence is not gun control; it is self-control.

Self-control begins with an attitude of surrender to our Creator God which includes obedience to His commands, such as the following: "Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy" (Hebrews 12:14) ; "... help the weak, be patient with everyone" (I Thessalonians 5:14); "...be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32); "... encourage one another and build each other up" (I Thessalonians 5:11); "Honor one another above yourselves" (Romans 12:10); "Do everything without complaining or arguing..." (Philippians 2:14); "Live in harmony with one another...If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:10, 18); and "'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Love does no harm to its neighbor. "(Romans 13:9-10).

The highest privilege of man is to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord and experience the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit of God living in you is "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control" (Galatians 5:22-23). The Spirit of God changes followers of Christ, one by one, to be more like Christ in character and deed. Who wouldn't want to be a "Fruit of the Spirit" kind of person (and surround themselves with such people)? We will become a "Fruit of the Spirit" nation if we each turn our focus toward Jesus and seek to honor Him and His priorities.

I am not naive in thinking we can achieve an end to violence on earth. The Bible tells me otherwise (see Matthew 24). Only heaven will be free from death, sorrow, pain, and tears (Revelation 21:4). But, while we are on our God-given journey on this planet, each of us can contribute to a moral society by valuing and protecting the lives of unborn children and teaching both children and adults to know and obey God's commands.

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