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.
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.
Some say it's a gun problem. Some say it's a heart problem. Authors Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin say it's both. Each day in the United States, 105 people die from gun violence. Once every 30 minutes, a person commits suicide with a gun. Eighty percent of all firearm deaths in developed countries occur in the United States, and eighty-seven percent of all child related gun deaths in the world's developed countries occur in the US. Despite the alarming statistics, Beating Guns was not penned to shock or shame. It's a call for Christians to prophetically stand against violence and lead the way toward gun reform.
One pastor advocates for gun reform, the other trains and arms his congregation. Both had mass shootings take place at their churches. In this well-researched, long form article Kimberly Winston digs into the relationship between guns and Christians and what Christians, both armed and not armed, are doing to prevent gun violence.