Friday, January 29, 2016

But it doesn't work

The most likely person to do us harm already has a key to the house. Strangers or criminals do not commit most of America’s murders and assaults; they are committed by family members, friends, and acquaintances, who, in acts of passion, turn to the instruments originally purchased to protect “us” against “them.” Guns purchased for protection are eleven times more likely to be used in a murder, an assault, an accident, or to be stolen and used in a crime than they are to stop an intruder.—America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose, pages 92–93

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ironic, isn't it? But, again, when violence is seen as an option, it too easily becomes the option of choice. And if there is a firearm available, it will be the option of choice for the violence.

In many ways, it reminds me of Hosea, in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The Israelites went to Baal in hopes of fertility—and they got infertility. Only God can give fertility. The same is true for firearms—only God can give true security.

Just an
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