Shootings spark gun control discussion among Baptists

"While details of the proposals differ, their advocates agree the ultimate problem behind gun violence is spiritual and that believers should not allow differences on gun policy to divide them." BPNews

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Bert Perry's picture

To me, the division is more an issue of the handling of evidence.  If I were persuaded that, for example, banning certain styles of semi-automatic rifles would lead to a measurable decrease in crime, then I might support it.  However, the simple fact of the matter is that when the Department of Justice investigated the 1994 ban, they found zero evidence of this.  And on the flip side, you've got the history of the 20th century, where every major genocide was linked to gun confiscation.

In the same way, the recent atrocity in Florida involves the schools not reporting felonies to the police, the police not making an arrest for even public nuisance after a huge number of calls to his residence, the FBI not acting on credible, sourced tips, and finally the police standing down for 15 minutes while the murders went on.  And to this, we're supposed to....give up our freedoms and let the police handle it?  Seriously?

In other words, the likely parting of ways is not really due to views on gun control at all, but rather simply because if one handles evidence as badly as gun control advocates do, it's going to show up in other areas, too.  That, in turn, will lead to a parting of ways.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

David R. Brumbelow's picture

“May 2014. Homeowner Jonathan Haith used an AR-15 to shoot an armed intruder in his own hallway.”

An AR-15 is an assault rifle, or a defensive rifle, depending on who is using it.  It is good or evil, depending on how it is used.  Just like a car or a computer. 

I’ve always liked the idea of good guys having guns. 

David R. Brumbelow