A paraphrase from the Gospel according to Matthew:
And behold, a Gun Lover came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which?” And Jesus said, “You shall not kill, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to him, “All these I have observed; what do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell your guns and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young Gun Lover heard this he went away sorrowful; for he had a great arsenal.
And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, it will be hard for a Gun Lover to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a Gun Lover to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mt 19:16–24)
What Jesus is doing in his encounter is not condemning guns, but challenging idolatry, just as he did with the Rich Young Man. The Rich Young Man had an attachment to an idol and when Jesus probed the infection in his soul with the divine scalpel, the Rich Young Man recoiled because he did not want the surgery necessary to drain the pus.
Gun Cultists suffering from their peculiar infection of the soul are nearly identical in every way. They constantly lie that “It’s a sin problem, not a gun problem” just as the Rich Young Man would no doubt have lied to the GOP Prayer Breakfast that “It’s a sin problem, not a money problem.”
But precisely the nature of the Sin Problem of the Rich Young Man, like the Gun Cultist, is idolatrous attachment to a material fetish. Paul’s remarks on money apply just as much to the Gun Cultist whose attachment to his steel god blinds him to the common good as much the Rich Young Man’s attachment to his golden god did:
There is great gain in godliness with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world; but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be armed fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of guns is the root of all kinds of evil; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs. (1 Ti 6:5–10)
If your first response to the massacre of children is “Dear God! I will do anything–including give up my gun–to end this horror!” then you are a Normal Person who puts what matters first and your attachment to material things like guns second. But if your reaction to the slaughter of children is, instead, always and only, “Don’t blame me! Don’t touch my gun! Me! My gun! Mine! Me!” then you are no different than the Rich Young Man and you have a very serious spiritual sickness, as he did.
Also, if you feel “accused” by me or have a weird compulsion to complain that I am painting you (who I do not know and have never met) with a “broad brush”, ask yourself why you feel that strange need to wear the shoe you deny fits you.