So first let’s start with importance.
- The 2nd Amendment is part of the federal constitution. It applies across the board within the US.
- The 6th Commandment is from a religious book that only applies to adherents of religions that recognize the book and its commandments.
- The 2nd Amendment is tied to your individual right to defense and ultimately your right to life.
- The 6th Commandment recognizes someone else’s right to life.
- The 2nd Amendment is backed by the courts and the citizenry. Consequences for violating it may be legal or may come in the form of outraged action by the people.
- The 6th Commandment is backed by a being that is either imaginary or chooses not to provide any direct evidence of its existence. If you violate it you…well nothing really. You don’t get struck down by lightning. You aren’t even theoretically sentenced to eternal damnation. It’s just a bad thing to do. Note: obviously this is only in the context of the commandment itself and not in accounting for actual laws along the same lines.
- So ultimately yes in America the 2nd Amendment is more important.
However, like I said the two are not in conflict:
- The 2A protects your right to keep and bear arms. It does not protect anything and everything you might do with those arms. You are still not allowed to commit murder with a gun. People who claim the 2A is a “license to kill” or similar nonsense are outright liars.
- The Bible and Torah are rife with examples of God-sanctioned killing. The 6th Commandment is more accurately translated as “Thou shalt not murder”. Killing in self defense is not murder. Killing in war is not murder. Killing an animal while hunting is not murder.
- Most gun owners will never kill anyone. Even those who use their guns defensively typically do so without taking a life. Some don’t even own guns for that purpose and instead prefer hunting or just plinking at the range.
- If anything, the 2nd Amendment helps enforce the 6th Commandment. If you decide to attempt to murder me in violation of the 6th Commandment, I will leverage my 2nd Amendment rights to stop you.
Hmm… nope. Not to this American anyway.
If, in some bizarre hypothetical, I had to give up my right to bear arms in order to avoid cheating on my wife, I’d do it.
Plenty of politicians, though… the Sixth Commandment seems to rank somewhere below “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” on their priority list…
I kid, I kid—I know you’re talking about the Protestant Sixth Commandment—“Thou shalt not kill.”
I’ll give you an unequivocal answer: Yes. The 2nd amendment is absolutely more important than the 6th commandment (or any commandment you can name, actually).
The United States is a representative republic, not a theocracy. The ten commandments aren’t the law of the land (regardless of how you number the commandments).
Now, certain principles from the commandments made it into our law. That’s why murder is illegal. Honestly, you can’t really have a society if everyone is free to kill everyone else with impunity. But other commandments didn’t make it into law. There’s no law, for example, against adultery. It’s a scummy thing to do, and will come back to bite you in a divorce hearing, but it’s not illegal.
But in general, yes. Every single amendment to the constitution is more important than every single commandment.And there’s still no plausible conflict.
My right to bear arms isn’t killing anyone but I guarantee you that the Second Amendment rights of people like and other gun enthusiasts aren’t killing anyone either.
It’s “Thou shalt not kill,” not, “Thou shalt acquiesce to restrictions on thine own rights in order to make it harder for a tiny percentage of other people to kill.”
My right to bear arms isn’t killing anyone.
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