Maybe it’s time to rethink the Second Amendment

Maybe it’s time to rethink the Second Amendment

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News People rally for stronger gun control laws at the City-County Building in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. On Monday, America was subjected to another mass shooting. In Colorado, again. Colorado, home of Columbine High School where 15 people were killed in 1999; home of a movie theater in Aurora where 12 people were killed in 2012; and home of New Life Church, where five folks were killed in 2007. And Colorado, where the National Rifle Association met only 10 days ago to challenge a ban on assault rifles, like the one used in Boulder. Many of us were still processing the shooting in Atlanta, looking for ways that we can stand in solidarity with Asian Americans, supporting marches and vigils happening this week in response. And then 10 people were killed in Boulder. There comes a point where the “thoughts and prayers” offered by policymakers and those in positions of influence and authority becomes dangerously close to taking the Lord’s name in vain. As a Christian I believe in prayer. I also believe in action, as the Bible says in the book of James: “Faith without works is dead.” There is something deeply problematic about offering thoughts and prayers after every mass shooting while refusing to take the necessary actions that will save lives. These are the words of the Second Amendment: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep […]

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