After the shootings in Aurora this past weekend, many are calling on stricter gun control laws. This includes some Christians such as Ben Witherington. While they may be right, I’m not convinced. While I am a pacifist, does that mean I should automatically support more gun control laws? No.
One reason for this has to do with whether it could work. On Ben Witherington’s blog he suggests that, “I do not think it is any accident that both the Columbine killings and the Aurora killings took place in Colorado, which, as I have said, has some of the most lax gun control laws anywhere”. 
Yet, there are other places with very strict gun control laws that have high gun violence (ex. Chicago). Then there are other areas with not much gun control that have low rates of gun violence. Also, with more gun control won’t the criminals still be able to get guns illegally?
Now, I’m certainly not against all gun control. For example, background checks being required for the sale of a gun (gun show loophole). Also, making sure that mentally unstable people are not getting guns. There are other examples as well.
A lot more could be stated about this issue and there will be. My mind is open and I’m willing to hear reasons why I’m wrong. As a Christian I’m not going to go out of my way to defend people’s rights to bear arms. As of now though, I’m not convinced that more gun control will lower gun crime.
For the record, I do not think that less gun control is the answer either. For many, the only two options are either more gun control or less. It is focused on what the government should do. As Christians, we need to show a third option: the way of Christ. When it comes to the issue of gun violence, Christians need to be focused on how we can bear witness to Christ. We need to find ways to bring glory to God.
Christianity can only impact society inasmuch as it is done through persuasion and love.
For example, one of the main reasons why people buy guns is because of a fear of death. In fact, after the shootings in Colorado gun sales are increasing . This is where the Christian community needs to come together and show the world that we don’t fear death because of Christ. It would really help if Christians would not buy guns at all (unless for hunting). Rather than trying to force gun control on people, we should show others why they don’t need guns to protect themselves in the first place. As the lyric from the hymn “Because He lives” goes, “Because He lives, all fear is Gone”.
Also, why do people decide to pick up guns and go on a shooting rampage. One of the reasons (not the only one), is because they are not part of a community that teaches against violence. I would argue that our culture, especially young males , are obsessed with violence. Therefore, a Christian community that teaches against all forms of violence is necessary.
I would also add that if we were a united community that decided to be counter cultural (not just with violence), this would invite others to join us who might otherwise waste their life. Being counter cultural can be very persuading to younger people. This is especially true of those who might feel more like outsiders, like the Columbine shooters and James Holmes. If we provided a counter cultural community that was against all violence, we would provide an alternative option for those who might otherwise use their life to destroy the lives of others.
The best way to limit gun violence is not by trying to pass laws. The best and most Christ like way to limit gun violence is for us as his followers to corporately and individually show by our love why people don’t need guns or violence.
 For example, see this post by Roger Olson : http://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2012/07/god-guns-and-guts/