Some guy at Huffington Post that I’ve never heard of asks the question why more religious groups don’t call for gun control, especially in light of the recent church shootings in Knoxville and Colorado.
And of course, Paul Helmke is on hand to lie and twist the facts about the recent (and past church shootings, all to help bolster their failing cause.
What’s kind of odd is that the HuffPo guy asks the question, but doesn’t actually provide an answer. I mean he sort of says that liberal churches don’t touch the gun issue because it’s surefire way to lose, and that conservative churches don’t touch it because it would distract from pro-life efforts (really? – ed) but he doesn’t actually think about the issue and why churches don’t usually touch the gun issue. He does note the “God not Guns Coalition”, the Brady Campaign “faith-based” anti gun group to which I’ve given a sound trouncing in the past; but that’s all he’s got.
It never occurs to our little HuffPoer that maybe, just maybe the reason that most faith based organizations don’t actively support gun control is that a majority of their parishioners don’t want them to? Take a look at my church again, which is actually pretty representative of a lot of modern churches. We have liberals, conservatives, old people, young people, you name it. But if I was reading the announcements section one day and it said “East 91st Street church plans to sponsor a gun buyback to get guns off the streets and needs volunteers” it’s a sure bet that I would be burning the phone lines down with calls – and I wouldn’t be the only one.
That’s the root cause, actually, so maybe the HuffPo guy was right. Gun control is a losing issue – especially in areas (like churches) that heavily rely on community involvement to be successful in their endeavors.
Ultimately, I’ll refer you back to last night’s podcast – as long as people, churchgoers and non-attendees alike still believe in self defense, it’s going to be a pretty tough row to hoe to get mainstream Protestant denominations involved in gun control. And by “tough” I mean “damn near impossible”.