The Kansas City Star had a “come to Jesus” moment on gun control yesterday. Only without mentioning Jesus because that would be politically incorrect. The paper’s editorial writers opened the hearts to The Lord thanks to Rev. James E. Atwood, author of America and Its Guns: A Theological Exposé. “Some 30,000 people in the U.S. die each year by gunshot, and one reason there aren’t more effective efforts to stop the carnage is that “the faith community has been asleep — fast asleep,” says a pastor who has worked for decades to reduce gun violence.” And here’s his wake-up call . . .
In his Kansas City appearances — sponsored by a coalition of more than a dozen groups — Atwood, a Presbyterian who is himself a gun owner and hunter, said one of the problems is that many Americans have moved from “respect” for firearms to “reverence” for them.
“It’s an idolatrous belief,” he said, “that violence can produce security. On the other hand when guns become idols we can document how their presence transforms the personalities of individuals and entire communities.”
And not in a good way, apparently. Which is an odd message to bring to Kansas, the state that told Attorney General Eric Holder to GFY on any plans to inhibit Sunflower State residents’ gun rights. Excepting the civilian disarmament-minded editorial eggheads at the Star.
Still, you have to wonder what Atwood’s on about. What’s wrong with America’s love of firearms? Colombia Theological seminarian (and suspected anti-semite) Walter Breuggemann provides insight into Atwood’s anti-gun gestalt in the forward to Atwood’s book.
Not to put too fine a point on it, Wally says Atwood sees gun owners as arrogant racists (and homophobes) lost in an absurd faith in American exceptionalism that glorifies militarism and inter-personal violence. Validated by the myth of the Western frontier, ‘natch.
The sum of all this is an elemental commitment to violence, a commitment that is voiced in terms of self-righteous faith, but that eventuates [ED: is that even a word?] in a society of extreme vulnerability that is, according to the ideology, the “cost of freedom.”
To which the only possible answer is: I know you are but what am I? Despite numerous blood-drenched historical examples, gun grabbers don’t see that government has an elemental commitment to violence, a commitment that is voiced in terms of self-righteous faith, that eventuates in a society of extreme vulnerability that is, according to the ideology, the cost of safety.
As they say, there. Fixed it for you. Still, there’s no fixing people who believe that Americans who seek to defend and extend their natural (i.e. God-given), civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is a “toxic ideology.” Haters gotta hate, even when they claim that they do so in the name of love.