The discussion is still raging about gun control – and it’s long enough after for even me to pitch in from another country. My basic thoughts on gun control are the following:
If someone comes in with a gun in hand I hope I won’t be carrying a gun
Communication matters – and if you take text out of context all you have left is a pretext. Who is speaking to whom and why matters – and there are many words and phrases that mean things other than their literal meaning. Words have also changed their meaning over the course of history, and a lot of confusion can be created when different cultures meet and use the same words for different contexts. A good example here of what happens when you take away context would be the apparent anti semitism in the Gospel of John; the author was writing as a Jew mostly to fellow Jews saying “Look what we did.” Take away that context and reading it encourages people to write vile documents like Martin Luther’s On the Jews and Their Lies.
As an aside, this is one reason I write the way I do – I know that I will never meet the whole audience for this blog and likely not visit all the countries I’ve already had readers from – so I attempt to build a narrative that as many people as possible can read. It may make my writing discursive and prone to rambling so I hope you’ll all bear with me.