17 April 2013 will go down in history as the day the US Senate kissed the a**es of gun lobbyists and the NRA and IGNORED the wishes of 90% of their constituents. But it comes as no surprise the money trumps the will of the people every time. Here are a few statistics for you to ruminate over.
Since the Newtown shooting and the death of 20 children and six adults there has been…
3,513 shooting deaths
526 were women
179 were teenagers
62 of them were children.
Some were killed by legally owned firearms, some by illegally owned firearms. Some died as a result of domestic violence, accidental shooting, or illegal activity. 3,513 since December 14th 2012. That is 3,513 men, women, and children in four months.
According to the January 2013 New Yorker magazine there are an estimated 250-300 million guns owned by Americans. And a report in TheBlaze.com states “the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 270 million total guns. That’s an average of 89 firearms for every 100 residents…”
But this short post is not about stats per se, it is about the almost fanatical worship of guns and the Second amendment by followers of the Peace of Peace. And it leaves me with more questions than answers.
According to the Public Religion Research Institute 59% of white Evangelicals opposes stricter gun regulations.
So the same faith that birthed the non-violent civil rights movement of Martin Luther King Jr, endorses an instrument of death (that ultimately ended King’s life) as a Christian “right” with no more oversight or regulation. How can individuals in a faith that they embodies love, forgiveness, mercy, and peace say with all seriousness that gun control is bad?
Can no one see the glaring hypocrisy?
Are we Christians in America so blinded by our misguided, unwavering commitment to political parties and a man-made, not God ordained, Constitution that we are willing to allow our fellow Americans to continue to be sacrificed on the altar to the god of inalienable rights for only gun owners?
What about the 3,513 men, women, and children created in the image of God, due to death, no longer have any rights?