Gun Control in 1 Samuel

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by Malum Prohibitum, Jul 21, 2007.

  1. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    Well, sword and spear control, really. You cannot control an armed population, and so the Philistines disarmed Israel, not even allowing blacksmiths so that the Hebrews could not manufacture weapons.

    1 Samuel 13: 19-22
    19 Now no blacksmith could be found in all the land of Israel, for the Philistines said, "Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears."

    20 So all Israel went down to the Philistines, each to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, and his hoe.

    21 The charge was two-thirds of a shekel for the plowshares, the mattocks, the forks, and the axes, and to fix the hoes.

    22 So it came about on the day of battle that neither sword nor spear was found in the hands of any of the people who were with Saul and Jonathan, but they were found with Saul and his son Jonathan.
     
  2. ber950

    ber950 Active Member

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    Kind of tells the truth about where the gun control folks are coming from.

    Gun control is not about guns. Its about control.
     

  3. Thorsen

    Thorsen New Member

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    The Japanese did the same thing with the Okinawans. The disarmed them completely, so the Okinawans learned how to make and fight with wooden weapons.
     
  4. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    This is just before 1000 BC, the beginning of the iron age. Is there an earlier historical reference to gun control?