SUMMARY: Journalist Kirsten Powers begins the podcast with a personal story about the aggressive nature of the National Rifle Association (NRA) before she and co-host Jonathan Merritt critique the organization for putting partisanship and profits over life. The duo aptly point out the hypocrisy in some pro-gun arguments made in bad faith such as it’s not a gun problem, it’s a mental health problem, and the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
The second half of the show features an interview with artist/activist and Los Angeles native Propaganda who brings a nuanced, historical view on guns and gun violence from an African American perspective.
KEY QUOTE: “We are dealing with a whole lot of formation of personhood issues. The American myths…this is the way we shape our identity, this rugged individualism, rifle and shovel. This idea if you work hard you can get your dreams…this idea that nobody is going to tell me what my destiny is. So, when I step back and say, ‘Maybe everybody shouldn’t be able to have access to everything,’ it’s almost like someone is pulling the rug from under your very identity. I am not trying to remove your identity. I am not trying to undermine your identity. What I am trying to question you on is why is that a part of your identity?” – Propaganda
DIG DEEPER: We curated four guided learning paths on guns and gun violence to help you learn about the subject through a distinct Christian lens.
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Host Skye Jethani and columnist David French role model what it is like to have a conversation from a shared Christian background, but disagree on specific policies. The insightful conversation touches on red flag laws, suicide and guns, the right to self defense, and whether it is a good or bad to have more people with concealed carry permits. With good faith arguments made on both sides their conversation will make you think thoughtfully about the gun debate. Skip to skip to 32:38 to get to the interview.
Addressing policing, racism, and guns, co-hosts Chris Ridgeway and Adam Graber take a look at guns from a technological perspective and attempt to answer the question– are guns a technological force for good? If they are or are not, what are the implications for Christians?
Co-hosts Mike Erre, Timothy Stafford, and Bonnie Lewis knock it out of the park as they detail three ways Christians should not respond to mass shootings, but quickly pivot to the ways Christians must be different in how we approach tragedy. The foundation lies in that all humans are created in the image of God. That belief should shift our focus from political memes, partisan talking points, and platitudes to lamenting where we tell the truth with the backdrop of a loving and powerful God.