Being a gun-free household is a hard go in America. We get that. There are probably plenty of folks who see nothing wrong with Santa giving kids guns. There’s even a movie where the kid wants a BB gun for Christmas. Everyone tells him, “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid”. In the end he gets the gun for Christmas. I think I can vaguely remember having received a gun for Christmas myself when I was 6 or 7. It shot ping-pong balls.
Leaving aside from the whole “gun rights” issue, my issue with giving guns at Christmas is theological. It simply makes no sense to celebrate the birth of the prince of peace by exchanging implements of death and war. If you believe the Bible, Jesus came to bring Isaiah’s prophesy, “they will beat their swords into plowshares, their spears into pruning hooks,” to fulfillment. In this context, giving guns for Christmas makes no sense. Giving guns for Christmas is anti-Christ. But then, most people who celebrate Christmas aren’t really celebrating Jesus and have never heard of Isaiah, and America isn’t a Christian nation.
My kid did not ask for a gun for Christmas, but when the Santa at Wilmington’s North Pole amusement park gave him a Hunter bolt action loading Air Warrior with 4 foam darts he was pleased to get it — even though he knew he wouldn’t be allowed to keep it.
We’ve offered him a trade. Our own gun redemption program, complete with amnesty for family members bringing unregistered weapons.
Silas asked what we’d do with the gun. It’s a good question.
We could re-gift it. We could drop it off at several places around here that are collecting toys for kids. Or, we could take it to the thrift shop. But if we really don’t believe in giving guns for Christmas we can’t do that. If we didn’t approve of Santa giving our kid a gun for Christmas, we can’t be contributing to some other Santa giving a gun to some other kid. That would be the pot calling the kettle black.
So we will make it disappear. One less gun in the world is only one less in a world of millions, but it’s our small contribution to peace on earth this Christmas.