Confusing the Bill of Rights with the Bible…Again

Another two letters laced with ricin was sent to the White House and NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg.  It seems that the person who sent these letters is incapable of differentiating between the Bill of Rights and the Bible.

All three mailings read in part: “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face. The right to bear arms is my constitutional God given right and I will exercise that right till the day I die.”

via Third Letter Sent to President Obama, Similar to NY Mayor Ricin Letters: Sources | NBC New York.

No, it is not your ‘God given right'; it is your right as a citizen to bear arms in this secular nation.  The Bible contains no mention of firearms or guns since no book of the Bible was written at a time when there existed guns.  So aside from your threats and your treason (by, you know, attempting to assassinate public officials), at least have the courtesy recognize the difference.

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3 Responses

  1. Seems a good number of people in these sorts of arguments conflate the Bible, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence all in one fell swoop.

  2. where does he mention the Bible? I really have no idea what this guy may have been thinking, and given the nature of his plot, I don’t expect a lot of sense or consistency but in part his language seems to stem from Jefferson’s idea of rights given by the creator. In deist speak it would not necessarily mean that this right is communicated in the bible, but instead could be discovered by reason. Again I don’t know if this guy thinks like a deist, but I also don’t know if he thinks that the right to bear arms is in the bible, based on the quoted passage.

    I suppose that the people who wrote and ratified the bill of rights probably had a lot of justifications and ideas about those rights. Some of them may well have thought that those rights were God given, just as Jefferson thought life and liberty were God given, which translates to natural right for those who don’t like the word “God.”

  3. You give this guy wayyy too much credit.

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