Most recently I am working / volunteering as professional counsel on the issues of mental health and the 2nd Amendment here in my state for the upcoming legislative session with a firearms lobby that supports the 2nd Amendment.
But why, shouldn't we be "praying saints" instead of "warlike saints"? Actually, I reccollect that assertion was made to the Latter Day Saints by a government official (whose name escapes me) as they were disarmed just before their extermination orders were given against them and during the genocidal actions against them by a corrupt government in the 1800's.
If there are a people who know, historically, the value of firearms, the Latter Day Saints are one of them.
For those not familiar, in these United States there is the right to what we call "Open Carry" or carry a firearm openly in public without a license or any type of permit so long as you are legally allowed to possess / utilize a firearm.
While the right to open carry is a right, and a right not exercised shall be lost, I am going to have to recuse myself from open carrying in most instances.
I am a Melchizedek Priesthood Holder. I am called to share the gospel with all who come within the sphere of my influence. And while the 2nd Amendment is inspired of God, I do know that some people are afraid of firearms, and rather than feeling the spirit, they may feel fear around firearms.
Additionally, open carry often draws police scrutiny and public attention. Were I to end up in the media exercising my rights as a "Mormon Elder threatens public with guns" I would be undermining the cause of the gospel within my own community - even if the headline was undeserved, I still have a responsibility to the Lord's work. ("Oh be wise, what can I say more!" - Jacob 6:12)
Consequently, I still carry, but I carry concealed.
To every thing, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven......
But that's.....just me.