Holy Ordinary (Brent Bill)

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I am a minister, photographer, retreat leader, author and Quaker -- albeit one who's not always good at being a good Quaker. I am the author of "Awaken Your Senses," "Holy Silence: The Gift of Quaker Spirituality," "Mind the Light: Learning to See with Spiritual Eyes" and "Sacred Compass: The Path of Spiritual Discernment" (foreword by Richard Foster). This blog is a compendium of writing, photography, seriousness and silliness -- depending on my mood.
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More Guns -- Fewer Gun Laws: Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 7:20am
I agree with this reasoned defense by JP Sears against the need for tougher gun laws.



After all, the 2nd Amendment reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The Las Vegas shooter only had 42 guns (23 in the hotel alone!!) along with a many loaded high-capacity magazines. Surely that's what the framers of the 2nd Amendment had in mind.

I've got to do something about the fact that I only have 1 old single shot .22 Marlin (used to scare off raccoons who eat the cats' food), 1 old 10 gauge shotgun (used to scare off coyotes who eat the cats), and one 19th century double barreled shotgun that would blow up if I tried to fire it. Woefully under-gunned here at Ploughshares Farm.

I cry "foul" to a study published by the American Journal of Medicine which says, "Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States' gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. And, even though the United States' suicide rate is similar to other countries, the nation's gun-related suicide rate is eight times higher than other high-income countries."

I can't believe that the study was allowed to publish non-sense such as "Even though it has half the population of the other 22 nations combined, the United States accounted for 82 percent of all gun deaths. The United States also accounted for 90 percent of all women killed by guns, the study found. Ninety-one percent of children under 14 who died by gun violence were in the United States. And 92 percent of young people between ages 15 and 24 killed by guns were in the United States, the study found."

Also our cities just aren't keeping up with other countries' gun deaths. 


We need to try harder.
 
JP Sears is right -- we need more guns, not fewer, in more, not fewer, peoples' hands. Law enforcement officers cannot be trusted -- we must rise up and protect ourselves.

Watch out coyotes -- I'm in the market for an assault weapon. Or better yet -- a tank!



"Lord, have mercy" -- indeed.

(PS Lest anybody be silly enough to quote any part of this post in defense of more weaponry or private arsenals or against gun control... it's called satire)
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