A Murderous Monster’s Weapons Stash

How easy is it for an average citizen to acquire an arsenal of assault rifles and high powered hand guns in our country? So easy, even a convicted murderer

Photo: Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

who has been institutionalized for insanity can acquire a weapons permit, and then collect a stash of them (see the pic) over a period of years. He only had to switch his first and middle names on the permit application. Easy as that.

Thankfully, an astute sheriff in Minnesota took notice of Christian Phillip Oberender’s name, having recognized him as the 14 year old boy who killed his own mother. An investigation turned up the arsenal at his home, along with a disturbing note recently addressed to his deceased mother:

I think about killing all the time,” Oberender wrote. “Why god do I feel like this? The monster want to hurt people. Guns are too fast. The monster want it to be slow and painful. There is so much pain in my heart and soul. Me want other to feel it.

Much of the gun conversation revolves around questions of rights. I wonder why we don’t talk more about duty? It seems especially odd when Christians talk so loudly about their individual rights–seemingly neglecting the greater, more pressing, and I would argue more biblical question of duty.

Most people in favor of greater gun control and tighter regulation are not trying to take away Uncle Charlie’s hunting rifle. They are trying to change a situation in which a convicted murderer and mentally unstable person can acquire enough guns to go into a school, a mall, or wherever, and unleash the “monster.”

We have a duty to attempt–at the very least–to create a society with greater protection for the innocent as well as to invest greater care in the mentally sick and unhealthy among us.

 

 

  • Glen McGraw

    Your illustration in this post is a wonderful illustration that before we need new laws we need to examine why the ones we have fail society over and over. Without doing this we will continue to pass laws which may or may not help. For example, in the story, why do we search by name instead of social security number? Simple fix to a failed application of current law.

    Without assessing why current laws fail, we are destined to pass more laws which will also prove to be failed efforts.

    • Lawrence J Wanner

      I agree that the Gun are constitutional The 2nd! Buy rights, we are Brave and Free! It is not the gun who kills, it is the person that kills!

  • bill cenne

    I only saw one hunting gun there, a shotgun. The rest are used for the sole intent of killing people.

    • Val

      I count between 3 and 7, but it varies depending on state laws and what you’re hunting (none of the bolt-action rifles on the left would be legal in my state for hunting, but would be perfectly fine in surrounding states).

  • Val

    “Most people in favor of greater gun control and tighter regulation are not trying to take away Uncle Charlie’s hunting rifle. They are trying to change a situation in which a convicted murderer and mentally unstable person can acquire enough guns to go into a school, a mall, or wherever, and unleash the “monster.””

    That’s why I’m no longer an NRA member. As much as I appreciate some of what they’ve done over the past few years in various legal battles, seeing the extent to which they have tried to keep our background check system from being as effective as it could be turns my stomache.

  • http://www.withouthavingseen.com Ryan Haber

    Who do you think obeys gun control laws, sir? Criminals? Do you think they buy from licensed dealers, or from the black market? Guns are used by evil people to do evil things, like all kinds of other tools. Good people don’t use them for those purposes.

    You want to talk about duty? Fine. What about the biblically commanded duty of a father to protect his children, even from an armed killer. What, by calling 911? Or having recourse to justice after they are slaughtered and raped by “the monster”? C.f. Ps 82:4 and Prov 24:11-12. Is it an act of peaceful witness to stand by while one’s wife and children are murdered? No. It is cowardice. And is it trusting in God to refuse to prepare for that defense? No. It is negligence.

    Moreover, as the government becomes increasingly and visibly hostile to Christian witness and morals, you would think that we would be taking up the lesson of the Founders, rather than surrendering to Leviathan. Do you really see the government as our source of peace and security, rather than obedience to the will of God? If we let the government have its way with us, and we follow its “morals” do you really think that will improve society? No. As government gets more abusive and less responsive of its citizenry, its citizenry have more and more a right, nay, a duty, to keep it firmly in check, so that our children can live in a free country as well, one day.

  • LianneKaos

    “Moreover, as the government becomes increasingly and visibly hostile to Christian witness and morals,”

    As a member of a community for whom protection *from* alleged Christians is often rephrased by evangelicals as hostility *towards* “true” Christians, I find the rest of that paragraph somewhat frightening. Perhaps I should arm myself, to protect my life and that of my friends against you?

    But then, this raises a question. At what point do I consider you a present threat rather than a potential one? If it’s after you’ve raised a weapon against me, it’s too late: at that point, all I can do is hope that you miss your shot – or shots – and that my retaliation (hasty and under stress as it is) is more accurate, both of which are longshots. If it’s before, then have I not become the aggressor – and thus the target of everyone else in the area?

  • http://www.montageinternational.org Dianne B. Collard

    Beyond even duty for a Christian is morality, sacrifice and living according to the Law of Love. The culture of violence that the “rights culture” of the U.S. cannot be turned around until we, the people. . . especially Christians. . . begin living by another standard where the focus isn’t the selfish “I can do what I want to do” but rather, “I’ll limit my “so-called” rights for the good of others and of the moral basis of our culture”. It is true that people kill people–but the culture of guns & violence has created a scenario where taking the life of another is easy and with the possibility of a mass destruction. I will never understand how we conservative Christians can be “pro-life” of the unborn but support the possibility of “pro-death” by guns, especially automatic weapons. May God forgive us.


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