Gerald over at The Cafeteria is Closed has an interesting post on the US Bishops' "official" stance on guns. He quotes a writer who opines that a proper Augustinian line of thinking is to view "violent self-defense" is a form of idolatry, raising "self-love" over love of another.
A commentator raises a good point in her comments on Gerald's posting:
What about the idolatry of non-violence? Where you idolise non-violence so
much you are willing to allow evil free reign?
I think that is what we are seeing now with the rise of Islam in Europe, that the notion of "respect" for another's culture has become such the golden calf that they have lost sight of when the respect is not returned and violence is allowed to take hold.
This is a problem I have seen with American liberals as well, so afraid they are of becoming, as they feel, the same as those who would do violence against them that it has become a morally superior postion to become a victim.
I fully support legal gun ownership. Gerald is correct in poitning out that an absolute ban on guns has little effect on those who use them for illegal purposes. A gun is a tool of man - just as is an automobile. Look to the man holding it - not the implement itself.