Monday, September 24, 2018

Gun Control

   Every complex problem has a solution which is simple, direct, plausible—and wrong.”  - H.L. Mencken
   The current discussion of gun control reminds me of this idea.
   Arm teachers? Raise the age for purchase? More security guards? Ban particular guns?  Mental health screening and treatment?
   Screaming for someone in power to “do something”?
   Venting may be necessary for a person who has experienced an obscene loss.
   But, after awhile, it won’t get the job done.
   Doing something, in a culture like ours, means making a proposal, and then listening to other viewpoints,  and refining our proposal in order to find a way forward.
   And, it means praying, and believing that God does make a difference, looking at what God has done for us on the cross, and how that act can inform us now.
“In this place we worship
Jesus Christ, God disarmed.”  Bishop Martin Wells

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