God and guns

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I feel affronted, not to say frightened, every time I hear a gun enthusiast insist — usually in anger — that carrying a gun is his "God-given right."

Gun rights and God have nothing to do with each other. God did not invent the gun. Men did — with warfare, not hunting, in mind.

The source of inspiration for a device designed to take life would seem more likely to have come from God's opposite number, I would have thought.

For all that angry, insistent man knows, God weeps every time he hears his name invoked to such an end.

When I was a child, The Trib kept a running tally of road deaths on the front page. How about the same now for gun deaths? That might open a few eyes.

Michele Margetts

Salt Lake City