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Apr
11

125 AND COUNTING!

According to www.gunviolencearchive.org, there have been over 125 mass shootings (four or more people killed or wounded) in the United States since 1 January 2021. In spades, the USA has the dubious distinction of being #1 in the world for mass shootings. Therefore,…

Mar
23

THIS I KNOW

In the darkness of Atlanta and Boulder, THIS I KNOW:1. Glorification of an individual right to own a gun is contrary to the Will of God. All are created in the Image of God to love each other. The Ten Commandments are Ten…

Mar
22

HATE, GUNS AND DEMOCRACY: A Review

Last week, Giffords.org hosted a national conversation via Zoom on “Hate, Guns and Democracy”. It featured four presentations by leaders familiar with gun violence, focusing on the January 6 Capitol riots, and how gun violence is connected with hate and democracy. Addressing gun…

Mar
8

BEYOND DIFFERENCES AND DIVISION: A BOUQUET OF CARING

DIFFERENCES divide and prevent progress on GVP. The truth is that Republicans oppose nearly all efforts to pass GVP bills, and conversely, Democrats are nearly unanimous in supporting GVP laws. Democrats and Republicans are hard-wired to oppose or support. Why? In his book,…

Feb
28

THE RACE DISEASE: HOMICIDE BY GUN

YES, race makes a difference. Homicide by gun is a race disease. MINNESOTA: EVERYTOWN reports in a study of homicides between 2015-2019 (average), gun death rate per 100,000 population, WHITE was 0.8, BLACK 10.2, NATIVE AMERICAN 11.5 and HISPANIC 1.5. The ratio of…

Feb
24

SPIRIT-LED TO CARRY ON

Gun violence prevention (GVP) is a struggle. Victories appear scant. Yet, there its consistent forward movement. I urge you to study the state score card on www.giffords.org. Most states are doing many positive actions. But the summit of the gun violence mountain has…

Feb
16

COMPACT FOR GUN SAFETY

The Christian life is a COMPACT between God and the People of God. God graces us with love and calls us to respond in love for each other. As the song goes: “We love because God first loved us.” Together, we make a…

Feb
6

Lessons of BeSMART

The hymn, “God of Grace and God of Glory” (ELW 705), speaks of being surrounded by evil, warring madness and weak resignation. Gun violence is evil, individuals are at war with another, our moral restraints are weak and accidents happen. Our plea? “Grant…

Jan
26

CAMPAIGN ZERO: GUNS AND POLICING

I received a phone call from an officer asking for a donation to a police fund to help youth. I said we need police, but we also need police reform. Furthermore, police unions need to be reformed. And no, we would not financially…

Jan
15

DEMOCRACY UNDER THE GUN

Hoards of armed citizens, Proud Boys, Boogaloo Bois invade and position within and outside state capitols to protest a “stolen election.” Even though over 60 federal judges and the Supreme Court have validated what many are calling the “most secure election in our…

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