Constitutional Christian conservatives have their work cut out for them. The right to self-protection and the ability to keep one’s government in check are being chiseled away by the day in 21st century America. Seemingly conservatives are the only faction hobbling up to defend this liberty. Why? Because the task is daunting requiring both defensive and offensive strategies; fighting back usurpation while simultaneously pushing forward cultural revival.
2nd Amendment advocates are keenly aware of the consequence of allowing civilian disarmament and compromise of the rule of law. This ominous vision is what animates them to tirelessly fight legislation, attend hearings and rallies and support local law enforcement particularly sheriffs. It is very unlike the conservative right to have any interest in employing progressive tactics but recently, one has proven worthy of adoption -the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement. As legislatures across the country continue to entertain or pass red flag laws, universal background checks and advocate for a national gun registry, residents are uniting in towns, cities and counties to declare they will not recognize or enforce unconstitutional gun laws passed by their General Assemblies. At this time, nearly half of the states in the nation have pockets of Second Amendment Sanctuaries.
Concurrent with defensive measures to protect civilian 2nd Amendment liberty, conservatives are attempting to address the excruciatingly difficult real solution to the problem- reforming the culture- a task that may frankly prove unachievable. Admittedly very little progress has been made on the offensive front because so few in 21st America see the problem and solution from a conservative perspective (or at least too few are willing to live what they believe), but nevertheless, endeavors are in the making.
Because conservatives do not believe government can solve all problems, the idea that more laws and unconstitutional gun confiscation will stop gun violence is irrational, let alone offensive to law-abiding citizens. Conservatives see school shootings, violence, teen confusion and political chaos as part of a broader societal problem. Only 50 years ago, gun ownership was at least as prevalent as today. Citizens carried firearms in their vehicles including of-age students driving to school. The difference then was students weren’t shooting themselves and each other with anything approaching the frequency witnessed today. The change has not been in gun ownership but rather a cultural decay of the value of life and fear of moral authority.
The unraveling began in the home with the assault on the Family and has since so profoundly proliferated throughout American culture that the cancer is now systemic. The institution of Family has been weakened with easy divorce, feminism and a fundamental redefinition of marriage. Hence children are not being raised with appropriate role models nor a sense of belonging as they are continually pushed away from their parents toward government or outside-the-home care. It isn’t surprising to conservatives that today’s teens are depressed, confused, lonely and suicidal.
Sitting atop an unstable familial foundation are unsavory, unhealthy, unhelpful diversions such as pornography, violent video games and perverse sexual activities being discussed at very young ages in some public school systems in America (comprehensive sex education) and social media. Promoting or even tolerating the normalization of these behaviors desensitizes everyone in the culture to reverence for moral authority and is an obvious degradation of the dignity of women, of parental hierarchy, of healthy living in general. Conservatives understand that the way back to decent, dignified, secure living is through the restoration of moral principles – a herculean task, much more daunting than passing laws and usurpation of rights.
Conservatives already know that more laws and government programs implemented to raise our children will not stop the violence and chaos nor will those measures help a generation of lonely, confused, depressed children. This is a cultural issue. It is an American issue. It is our fault, our problem and our responsibility. To quote Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, if we collectively believe anything else “we’re kidding ourselves,” we’re delusional.