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ENGAGE Blog

Welcome to our forum for sharing Christ-centered perspectives on gun violence prevention. 

We invite you to read and reflect on our messages. We also invite your comments and perspectives. Recognizing the emotional, often heated opinions on gun violence, we request the following:

  • Above all, be kind. We do not have to agree on anything to be kind to one another.
  • As brothers and sisters in Christ, please comment respectfully. We ask that opinions of gun owners and non-gun owners be respected and tolerated.
  • Do not use profanity or insults. Any profane or rude remarks will be not be approved. For example, we will not approve references to gun-nuts or gun-fetishists. Likewise, we will not approve references to liberal sheep or anti-gunners. Respectful terms include: gun owners, hunters, non-gun owners, pacifists. Civil discourse is the rule.
  • Be open-minded. We encourage you to read the messages thoughtfully. Consider viewpoints different than your own and pray for understanding and insights. Christ is always at work.
  • Stay on topic. ENGAGE is concerned with gun violence prevention. Comments that stray from the topic of gun violence prevention will not be approved.
  • Be patient. Our group is small and entirely comprised of volunteers. It may take time to approve and post comments.

Blessings and peace,

The ENGAGE team

Latest Blog Posts

EUROPE AND GUNS

Linda and I spent a month touring Europe this summer. We anticipated a wave of discomfort because of the global immigration demands for life and safety. We anticipated verbal antagonisms and increased gun visibility by persons and authorities. We anticipated the isolation of Muslim and African peoples from events and sites. Our anticipations were thankfully…

PERSPECTIVES ON GUNS AND SAFETY

I asked a question on my FACEBOOK page inviting comments about home gun safety. A lawyer did not grow up with guns in the home. She married someone who liked to hunt and thereby provided food for the freezer! He taught their boys how to shoot and be responsible around guns, keeping them from having…

NO EXCUSES!

As of the end of May 2019 there have been 148 mass shootings, 149 killed and 585 wounded in the USA. For comparison, in the USA, 2018 brought us 340 mass shootings, 14,751 deaths and 28,188 injured according to Gun Violence Archive. Other Western Developed Nations including New Zealand and Australia do not come close…

TEMPLATE FOR THE FUTURE!

Disappointment describes my feelings after the Minnesota Legislature failed to pass two gun bills focused on gun safety: Comprehensive Background Checks and Red Flag (Extreme Risk Protective Orders). Analytics of these bills prove they save lives. See: protectmn.org, thetrace.org, engageelca.org. But as the Jewish people say to each other: “Next year in Jerusalem!”, we can…