Gabon Bans Gun Sales to Protect Elephants: & U.S. Can’t Protect Children?

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 2:05 AM
February 28, 2013

The African nation of Gabon––home of half of Africa’s forest elephants––banned the sale of  large-calibre arms to protect these beasts.  But, while that small nation tries protect its elephants, the U. S. can do nothing to protect its people?

Without fanfare, Gabon’s government announced recently:  “The interior ministry has decided to suspend the sale of rifles and ammunitions of type 375 and 458, used for big game hunting throughout the national territory.”

AFP News Service says that poachers “have killed at least 20,000 elephants there in the past decade. The animals are mainly hunted for their ivory.”  Such poaching has reduced Africa’s elephant population from millions a few decades ago down to perhaps a half million today.

Jeffrey Gettleman, writes ‘In Gabon, Lure of Ivory Is Hard for Many to Resist’:  “Across the continent, tens of thousands of elephants are being poached each year in what is emerging as one of the gravest wildlife crises in decades.

“Gabon’s elephants are among the last of the planet’s rare forest elephants, a subspecies or possibly a totally distinct species . . . , which makes the stakes particularly high here. Forest elephants are smaller than their savanna cousins and have an alluring, extra-hard pinkish ivory that is especially prized.”

The black-market trade for ivory is known to thrive in Asia and the Middle East.  In those regions, elephant tusks are used for ornaments and medicines.  But recently, the World Wildlife Fund argues that ivory sales now finance armed rebels.

According to a ‘Small Arms Survey’ by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) taken in 2007, the United States has the highest number per capita of gun ownership in the world.  An average of 88 out of every 100 American citizens owns a gun.  That shameful rate is probably much higher today.  Even Yemen––a war ravaged country––at 54.8 per 100 of its citizens has fewer guns.

And this nation, supposedly the most powerful country on earth, which goes to war overseas “in order to protect harmless civilians,” can do nothing to ban killer weapons slaughtering our children and adults on a daily basis?  Absurd!

Hopefully, those politicians who fear the wrath of gun-toting voters in their states, are equally ready to face the wrath of God.  For His historical Bible Books declare “. . . the wild beasts of the field are mine (Psalm 50: 11b).”  God loved elephants as much as people when He made them equal survivors on Noah’s Ark.

Beware, American politicians who sit back and do nothing to protect your own people.  Fear God, and not man.  Or else get ready for that Great Day:  “And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of The Lamb:  For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6: 15-17).”

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