You Can’t Make This Stuff Up—Bible Verses on Gun Sights

January 21, 2010

As confirmed by this clip from The Colbert Report , arms manufacturer Trijicon inscribes citations to New Testament verses on gun sights it provides to the Marine Corps and Army.

No, really.

As one example, Trijicon has inscribed 2COR4:6 on some of its sights, which is a reference to Second Corinthians and a verse that exults over the glory of God as reflected in the face of Jesus Christ.

Seems as though Jesus can not only guide us along a straight and narrow path, but bullets too. Ready, aim, pray, fire.

Forgetting church-state issues, is the use of New Testament verses on gun sights unseemly? Not really. Remember Jesus, according to one verse, came not to bring peace, but a sword (Matthew 10:34). Trijicon just makes clear that he came to bring hot lead also.

Comments:

#1 Kathy Orlinsky on Thursday January 21, 2010 at 9:55am

At first, I didn’t think this was so bad.  If no one had said anything, I would never have known that 2COR4:6 was a bible verse, I would have just assumed it was a serial number for the rifle.  Then I read this:

Letter from US infantry soldier explaining why it’s so much worse than I thought:
http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2010/01/why_those_christian_gunsights.php#more

#2 darshialoo (Guest) on Friday January 22, 2010 at 5:05am

Whenever you are in a pinch, sense you are or just need a reason to make yourself appear more humane, all you need to do is add a comment about “What would Jesus do?”  I am sure Jesus would want to turn this metaphorical water into wine, too.

#3 abruzzo on Friday January 22, 2010 at 10:44am

Would Jesus look down the sights of a gun and kill another human being?  Or would he encourage his followers to do that?

Any Christians want to answer that?

#4 oldebabe (Guest) on Saturday January 23, 2010 at 11:37am

It’s never a good thing in itself to imprint Christian (or any)religious messages on military armaments,  besides the affront to the Constitution (separation of church and State). The referenced verse 2COR4:6 however, as a potentially magical, evangelical, or protective utterance, has nothing to do with shooting or killing, so is, perhaps mis-applied?  One wonders - what was the manufacturer’s thinking? I hear this has been going on for years…

#5 Abbott (Guest) on Saturday February 20, 2010 at 1:15am

Oh goodness, I just went back and read my previous post and it sounds a little, um, menacing. This short woman does not possess a handgun. Nice Nancy. Nonviolent Nancy…
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