He told is disciples in Luke 22:36" if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." If Jesus were alive today. He would say sell your leather jacket and buy a 12 gauge shotgun.
or religion was trying to take over the government...everyone wants to control...lol
Meby the government was trying to protect the people from religion.
I don't think gods need guns; they have thunderbolts.
Besides, Jesus would have been a gun/sword control advocate. He was a socialist. If alive today, he'd be on a no-fly list.
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword (Matthew 26:52, King James Version)