The United States has more guns, more firearm suicides, more mass shootings, and more gun related deaths than any similarly developed nation in the world. How did we get here? And what three solutions could effectively reduce gun violence by 29%? ABC News answers those questions in just 11 minutes.
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?
In Louisville, Kentucky a church holds a service where guns are given away in a raffle. In Charleston, South Carolina the family of victims of the Charleston mass shooting in 2015 choose to forgive the gunman. In Apopka, Florida a gun manufacturer makes rifles with Psalm 144:1 engraved on the gun. Which one looks like Christ to you?
No sugar coating or platitudes here as Army veteran Anastasia Bernoulli passionately lays out why civilians don't need to own military grade rifles. A word of warning that this article contains some swearing.
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.
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? How come universal background check bills in 2015 and 2016 failed 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.
Co-hosts Ameen Hudson and Kevin Burgess (KB) engage in an genuine, thoughtful conversation with pastor Keas Keasler as they try and answer the question, "As followers of Jesus, is it okay to carry a gun?"
In an excerpt from her book When Thoughts and Prayers Aren't Enough (which we highly recommend) Taylor Schumann writes about the callous comments many Christians made when she started to talk about gun reform and ultimately asks if some Christians are trying to serve two masters.
Some books on gun reform lean heavily on statistics, others choose a personal story, while others blend the two. Common Ground takes a different path. Penned for small group settings, but useful for the individual as well, author Donald Gaffney's focus is teaching people how to talk about guns and gun violence. In the preface, he lays out three rules -- confidentiality, trust, and respectful dialogue -- that all small groups should use to keep the discussion civil and polite. While not everyone will agree with each other, it is essential everyone treats each other with dignity and respect.
In a well-reasoned, succinct article professor of philosophy at Eastern Kentucky University Michael W. Austin lists four reasons why the common argument, "guns don't kill people, people kill people" is fallacious.