Faith, firearms and the gun control debate

  • Article by: DAVID BRIGGS , Association of Religion Data Archives
  • Updated: February 13, 2013 - 7:52 PM

During the 1940s, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" was a popular song of patriotism. Today's gun debate has stirred religious passions, too.

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getcrazyFeb. 13, 13 8:37 PM

"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition"------People are pretty confused if they think that's what Jesus was going for.

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Russ_LundFeb. 13, 1310:20 PM

We in North Dakota are just starting to see what happens when you put too many people into an area.We have always treasured our firearms for sport and saftey and in that order. But with the influx of people form other regions of the country bringing values that have been tolerated in their areas,saftey has become a priority in firearm ownership.

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speak2uFeb. 14, 13 6:38 AM

if you read the Bible it talks about the apostles having swords - but more importantly the "softest" target out there is churches where over 500 shootings and over 200 deaths have occurred since 1999. Many churches have armed security and are glad that some of their members carry into the service - just look at the church in Colorado Springs where an armed security person kept a man who could have killed many (and had already killed 5) from going on with his attack.

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windigolakeFeb. 14, 13 7:05 AM

Russ_Lund: "saftey has become a priority in firearm ownership." Whose safety? A gun in the home is ten times more likely to kill a family member, friend or visitor than a criminal intruder.

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Doggone1Feb. 14, 13 7:26 AM

To windigolake could you please list your source for your ten times more likely to kill a family member or visitor .

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liora51Feb. 14, 13 7:32 AM

Russ_Lund: My sympathy for the loss of innocence in North Dakota. But, and trust me on this, relying on personal firearms for safety does not qualify as urban planning.

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johndontFeb. 14, 13 8:22 AM

@windigolake "Russ_Lund: "saftey has become a priority in firearm ownership." Whose safety? A gun in the home is ten times more likely to kill a family member, friend or visitor than a criminal intruder."

and in reality, the highest percentage of likeliness for a gun in the home? It will MOST likely just sit there and do nothing, not harm anyone, just gather dust so to speak.

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obstakesFeb. 14, 13 9:01 AM

Anyone who does not want a firearm for protection has a right to that choice. I support that. But if you say I can't have one, you have over stepped your rights. Do what you need to, but don't try to define what I need for my family's protection, ever.

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swmnguyFeb. 14, 13 9:02 AM

Religious beliefs are only one feature of the overall belief systems that make up the American mythology of stubborn individualism. It's interesting to note the differences between Catholics and Evangelical Protestants when it comes to guns and the notion of "the public good." Most moral and religious philosophies emphasize a balance between rights and responsibilities, and the notion that sometimes one is unwilling to bear the responsibility, so one must forego the rights.

The pro-gun position popularized by the NRA is lacking in any sense of the public good, or of personal responsibility. It's all about rights, unbalanced by responsibility, and the notion of the public good is despised as being a disguise for government intrusion.

That's an extreme and unrepresentative position in American thought in general. Those of us who aren't Native American came here in frustration from someplace else, so there is a large anti-social gene in our country. But all of us who live in cold-weather areas know we'd have died if it weren't for some level of cooperation. We like the feeling of independent, self-reliant, non-responsibility, but in the end we don't like the reality of it.

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BBJoeFeb. 14, 1310:03 AM

There is no legislation proposed by anyone to take all guns away from all gun owners. Anyone operating under the assumption there is must be listening exclusively to talk radio for news. I don't know anyone who would vote for someone proposing that. So drop it, that is not what is happening. Legislation that promotes more accountability from legal gun owners, or legislation that limits the mass-killing capabilities of weapons is fine with me. Have your guns, but be accountable. If anyone is buying massive amounts of weapons and ammunition, that is a red flag that everyone should be concerned with. Even legal gun owners.

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