Mr. Atwood is the author of America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose. In it, the long time ecumenical anti-gunner “documents how Americans have been deceived into believing that the tools of violence, whether they take the form of advanced military technology or a handgun in the bedside stand, will provide security.” Deceived eh? I’m not so sure. In the talk above, Atwood goes further . . .
“It is impossible to love God or to say that we love God and ignore what is maiming and killing our neighbors.” True dat. Too bad Atwood places the blame on guns and gun laws, rather than what’s in man’s heart. Like this . . .
We cannot love God no matter how much we are devout if we don’t care that a mentally ill person in Louisville can buy an assault weapon as easily as he can go to McDonald’s and buy a Big Mac. And it’s easier still for him to open a box an armor-piercing bullets which we call cop killers than it is for him to open a bag of potato chips.
The Kentuckian is a rabble-rouser who beats listeners over their heads with facts taken out of context, delivered with stentorian haranguing. In the video above, Atwood urges his audience to conflate theological support for slavery with its silence on “gun violence” and hutch-goers’ failure to support legislation closing the “gun show loophole.”
As for citing Biblical exhortations on self-defense or raising gun ownership’s practical benefits for preserving innocent life, ha! Atwood closes by evoking the Golden Rule. Thinking about it . . .
If I were about to take innocent life, I would want my neighbor to do everything in his or her power to stop me. Because that’s what I would do to them. If I or they had a gun and a ballistic solution was the best not-to-say-only solution, so be it. Does that count?