Our Real Problem with Gun Violence-It’s as American as Apple Pie and as Addictive as Crack Cocaine

In response to the latest outrage in Southerland Springs Texas, I am re-blogging the article I wrote after the Los Vegas shooting in October. Once again, I call on our bishops, pastors and teachers to address this country’s sick gun fetish with something more than preachy-screechy statements. There is no place in any Christian home for lethal weapons. None.

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Image result for las vegas massacreBy now everyone who hasn’t been living under a rock knows about the Las Vegas massacre that took the lives of 59 people (thus far) and wounded five hundred others. That is news, but only because this shooting set a new record for American mass killings, beating the 2016 Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando by ten fatalities. Mass shootings themselves are so common these days that they seldom make the headlines anymore. If we lowered the flag to half-mast for all of them, it would remain there for the better part of any given year. We have grown accustomed to gun violence. It is as American as the Pledge of Allegiance, baseball and apple pie.

I am not jumping into the gun control debate. There are far more people out there with a lot more expertise than me talking that issue to death. For the record, yes, I think some…

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