TV-PG | YouTube | 1 h 4 min
Released in Aprils of 2016
SUMMARY: 91% of Americans support universal background checks on all gun sales, so why did a 2013 bipartisan bill with presidential support fail in the U.S. Senate? Why did universal background check bills in 2015 and 2016 fail as well? 91% examines the influence and tactics the NRA uses in American politics to block universal background check measures and other gun reform laws.
KEY QUOTES: “Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost brothers and sisters or buried their own children. Many have had to learn to live with a disability or learn to live without the love of their life…there is a lot of heartache. There is a lot of resilience and strength, but there is also a lot of pain. As I have said before, somehow we become numb to it and start thinking that this is normal. And instead of thinking about how to solve the problem, this has become one of our most polarized, partisan debates. Despite the fact that there is a general consensus about what needs to be done, people are dying. All of us need to demand a Congress brave enough to stand up against the gun lobby’s lies. All of us need to stand up and protect its citizens. All of us need to demand governors and legislatures and businesses do their part to make our communities safer. And if you make it hard for them to win an election, they will change course.”
BONUS: The official movie’s website has a discussion guide and talking points PDFs.
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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MOVIE: The Armor of Light
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