Friday, June 24, 2016

Why are conservative Christians so opposed to gun safety?

I don't get it. I would think that Christians would be first in line in support of gun safety. Yet, outside of a gun show, if you want a gun in this country with the least amount of paperwork required and the fewest restrictions imposed you will find your WMD in the Bible Belt. What is it about background checks that offends their god? What is it about barring people on the no-fly list from getting guns that they find so abhorrent? Is a large capacity magazine an object of religious devotion?

For the record I have my own concerns about “No Fly—No Buy” because we need a more efficient mechanism to remove innocent people from the list. Have an honest debate and work it out. Speaker Ryan won't allow the bill to come to the floor so there is no debate on a crucially important piece of legislation.

Nothing affected me more than the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. It merged with my own memories of lying on dirty pavement, coming to realize that I had been shot and then waiting to bleed out and die. After Sandy Hook I kept having this picture in my head of the size of an exit wound in contrast to the size if the body of a six-year-old. It caused me to sob uncontrollably. The same people who go batshit crazy over exposing that same six-year-old to anything gay (it's contagious you know) seem to have less concern for that kid getting killed by a gun.

Tony Perkins is one of those Christians. Perkins is a Republican politician which causes him to oppose anything that Democrats like, particularly if that Democrat is named Barack Obama. Yet he continually reminds us that he is a Christian. Doesn't that come with some responsibilities? Perkins writes:
The media has been calling last night's Democratic sit-in a "revolt." And people were revolted all right. A little over a week after the worst U.S. terror attack since 9/11, House Democrats seem intent on helping radical Islam carry out another one. When liberals spend hours derailing House business to force a debate on gun control, they aren't preventing another massacre like Orlando's. They're creating the division -- and diversion -- radical Islamists need to plot another assault.
The idea of gun safety measures enabling terrorists is nonsense and we're not done. We own too many guns in the hands of too many angry people. We are allowing gun dealers in South Carolina to arm lunatics on the streets of Chicago. Innocent children continue to die from firearms.

On average, every day, 48 children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention. Seven of those kids will die from their injuries. Should that not make this issue a priority for Christians? Even after Sandy Hook we did nothing to possibly prevent another similar tragedy.

We will have more mass shootings. It is a certainty because we make no changes whatsoever to prevent them. We get riled up for a few days and then we wait for the next one. More innocent children and adults are going to die prematurely. Those who survive their injuries sometimes wish that they hadn't.

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