Friday, October 07, 2022

Lauren Boebert jokes Jesus could have avoided crucifixion if he had AR-15s

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) Joked over the weekend about Jesus Christ using an AR-15 assault weapon to defend himself rather than face the Crucifixion.

Boebert appeared at an event in Colorado Springs organized by the Charis Christian Center, and said that “Twitter trolls” often challenge her about the contradiction between Jesus’ well-documented pacifism and her own support for gun rights.

“They like to say: ‘Oh, Jesus does not need an AR-15. How many AR-15s do you think Jesus would have had? ‘”She said among the crowd. “Well, he did not have enough to stop his government from killing him.”

According to most calculations, it is unlikely that Jesus would have tried to resolve the situation by force, even if he had modern weapons with which he could do so. Actually, this is kind of the point: Christians believe Jesus chose to die on the cross to free mankind from his sins and thus allow believers to ascend to heaven.

The Gospels – the parts of the Bible’s New Testament that tell the story of Jesus’ life – say that Jesus allowed himself to be arrested by the authorities and sentenced to death by the Roman official Pontius Pilate. When soldiers came to arrest him, Jesus told the disciple Simon Peter to put down a sword he wanted to use to defend him, and then healed the wounds that Simon Peter inflicted on a Roman soldier.

“Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword,” Jesus told Simon Peter according to the Gospel of Mark.

“My Kingdom is not of this world. If my Kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, ”he told Pontius Pilate during his trial, according to the Gospel of John.

Congress is in the midst of a renewed debate on gun control, following a racist massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and the massacre of more than a dozen children at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. While a two-party agreement on gun violence is expected to garner significant GOP support in the Senate, House Republicans, including Boebert, have largely opposed the compromise.

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