Cumberland Times-News


June 3, 2014

So where will Mayor Bloomberg wind up?

— Many of us have phobias of various kinds. However, there is a phobia that has recently aroused thousands of people, and that is “gun-phobia.”

Consequently we have  an antigun crowd that make more noise than those 16-inch guns on a battleship. Being a rational person, I have no problem with people that have gun-phobia, but I do have a problem when they crawl out of their foxhole and verbally attack law-abiding citizens that do value guns.

The Lord Jesus never rebuked Peter for carrying a sword while with Him for three years, until he used it indiscriminately. Defending one’s self against harm, the Lord permitted.

Before returning to heaven He told His disciples, “He that has none let him sell his garment and buy a sword.”  

Thousands have been murdered with hammers, axes, and knives, yet there is no cry to ban them. Why? Simply because people don’t have a phobia of those instruments.

The increase of gun ownership and concealed carry permits has been one of the biggest blessings that this country has ever seen. Here is why. In Chicago, 2013, a law allowing the right to carry a concealed firearm was passed.

In the first quarter of 2014, Chicago had the lowest murder rate since 1955, and crime was down 25 percent from 2013.

In New York City you cannot carry a gun. Its crime rate is over 33 percent higher than any other U.S. city. Gun crime expert John Lott stated that when state concealed handgun laws went into effect in a county, murders fell by 8.5 percent, and rape  and aggravated assaults fell by 7 percent.  

Gun phobics scream that more guns equal more crimes, while statistics tell us that more guns equal less crimes. Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire and former mayor of NYC, has “gun-phobia.”

He is spending $50 million against the NRA in an effort to make law abiding citizens more venerable to criminal assault by forbidding them to own a weapon, yet he has armed body guards.

He told the New York Times, “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

Every Christian believes there’s a God, so Bloomberg’s “if remark” labels him a non-Christian. He believes he has earned his place in heaven, but God says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

Furthermore, Bloomberg, according to the NRA has tried to deceive the public about gun accidents. God says, “All liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:9).

So where does the Bible place Bloomberg’s eternal destiny? Let all Christians pray that he might believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

Robert E. Surgenor

Cleveland, Ohio

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