That's what the family posing with guns on their Christmas card seems to be doing -- political posturing.
Owning guns are not the issue. Many instances exist in society requiring/feeling the need to do so -- the need for stricter gun laws is the issue.
The bible passage quoted above is basically saying violence begets violence.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As Nashville residents reeled from a fatal grade school shooting that left six dead, a federal judge quietly cleared the way to drop the minimum age for Tennesseans to carry handguns publicly without a permit to 18 — just two years after a new law set the age at 21.
The move marked yet another relaxation of gun laws in ruby red Tennessee, where GOP leaders have steadily chipped away at firearms regulations and lambasted those who have warned that doing so comes at a cost.
It's a familiar scene playing out across the United States, with Republican-dominant states rebuffing calls to strengthen gun safety laws in the wake of violent tragedies and Democrats in blue states championing gun control proposals.
"This isn't freedom. Our families don't deserve this. I am sick of living in fear that our loved ones won't make it home because of gun violence," said state Sen. Raumesh Akbari, a Democrat from Memphis, shortly after Monday's shooting.
The most significant movement involves the state's permitless carry law. In 2021, Lee led the charge to allow most adults 21 and older to carry handguns without first obtaining a permit that requires clearing a state background check and training. Thereafter, gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson announced plans to relocate its headquarters to Tennessee due to the state's "support for the 2nd Amendment."