Baltimore’s Metro Industrial Areas Foundation claims to be “the nation’s first and largest network of multi-faith community organizations.” The meta-org has started a campaign called “Do Not Stand Idly By” based on the Biblical quote “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” While you and I might interpret that as a call to arms . . .
the Metro-IAF has something different in mind: use police gun purchases to force gun makers to excommunicate “rogue” gun dealers and create “smart guns.” “In a time of ever-increasing firepower will require a new approach, an unlikely assortment of allies, and a refusal to tolerate large-scale death and injury as the necessary price of liberty in America.” So, is it? Was Joe the Plumber’s indelicate post-Newtown remark – your dead child doesn’t trump my rights – correct?