Christ Breaks the Rifle
by Kelly Latimore
(inspired by the work of Otto Pankok 2nd photo)
“…they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and spears into pruning hooks…” ~ Isaiah 2:4
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 5:9)
“All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.” ~ The Buddha (Dhammapada 129)
WE ARE DOING IT WRONG. to embrace a weapon capable of such fast mass killing, that has the capacity to mutilate bodies beyond recognition, a weapon of war in civilian hands, not meant for hunting or defending a home from an intruder, but intended for war and catastrophic injury and death IS a type of cultural, societal mental illness.
there’s one common denominator in all of these mass shootings, the weapon of choice for mass shooters. a weapon that gives little to no chance for the victims to survive. by the time a first responder (police, security, so called “good guy with a gun”) arrives or engages, a multitude can be dead.
a uniquely American horror story, fed by the greed of politicians paid off by the NRA, while they scapegoat anyone and anything other than the favored weapon of use, and then feed the fear of a minority of gun owners preparing for armageddon with a belief that it is their God given right to own as many and whatever kind of guns they want, even posing with them on Christmas cards as they celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. what a sick, tragic irony.
where is our empathy? where is our sanity? how many multitudes of children have to die?
“There is something deeply hypocritical about praying for a problem you are unwilling to resolve.” ~ Miroslav Volf, Croatian theologian
may hearts open, may sanity arise.
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