Yesterday, two Senate committees examined seven bills that combined will limit the right to bear arms. All three passed the Democratically controlled committees, reports the Denver Post.
Citizens lined up to offer their opinions on the bills. One Columbine student, Adam Thompson, testified, as reported by the Post, "I struggled 12 years dealing with survivor guilt and that I was put in a position where I was defenseless and so were the people around me that were supposed to keep me safe." He is now a firearms owner.
The most noteworthy of the bills is House Bill 1224 which would unconstitutionally limit ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. This bill is reported to have passed along party lines, with Democrats likely basing their thinking along the President's assumed stance of the natural goodness of man and government.
Another onerous measure, House Bill 1228, would punitively add the cost of the background check to the gun customer, presumably as a "sin tax" to discourage such purchases.
The committees heard testimonies for and against these bills all day. The final vote was to pass these bills. From the news reports it appears that most of those in favor either had personal tragedies in their lives or were generally emotionally involved.
Many Christians are praying for a just evaluation of these laws from their lawmakers, hoping they will consider the natural rights of citizens to defend themselves as something protected by the Constitution, natural law and common sense.
By the same token, Christians should be praying that more Americans will be responsible enough to self-regulate their behavior such that leaders need not feel compelled to enact draconian laws out of fear or intimidation from special interest groups.