Are Guns Inherently Evil?

Are Guns Inherently Evil?

Gun Rights

Image: Illustration by Rick Szuecs / Source images: Envato Someone, somewhere in America will be the victim of gun violence today. Mass shootings have become part of our routine national experience. What should be done with guns? That, essentially, is the question animating a new book from Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin, Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence. Read This Issue Oil Is a Gift from God. Are We Squandering It? 10 Women Who Are Changing the Southern Baptist Response to Abuse Real Raisings from the Dead or Fake News? Claiborne and Martin argue that that guns should be destroyed and refashioned. Their argument runs like this: Guns are violent, violence is antithetical to peace, and because Christians must be committed to peace, they should oppose guns. No Christian who cares about peace is energized for violence. Many readers will be familiar with Claiborne’s previous books on Christian nonviolence. He has been admirably consistent: Christians who take the teachings of Jesus seriously must forsake violence and pursue what makes for peace. In Claiborne’s case, this has meant a recurring emphasis on aiding the poor, sheltering the homeless, and advocacy against capital punishment. Martin, for his part, is the founder and director of RAWtools, Inc., a nonprofit that turns guns into gardening tools. Together, they want to beat guns, figuratively and literally. Beating Guns offers a useful historical overview of gun markets in the US and an instructive statistical analysis of American gun violence. The book […]

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