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It’s time for evangelicals to speak up about guns

 The Bible doesn’t clearly express an opinion on the possession of guns, but many evangelicals defend the unlimited distribution of firearms with the same fervor that they defend biblical orthodoxy. According to a recent Public Religion Research Institute survey, 8% of white evangelical Protestants favor tighter gun laws.

But in the wake of yet another deadly school shooting, it’s time for evangelicals to contribute to the national discussion beyond: “It’s not guns that kill people, it’s people that kill people.”

In fairness to gun enthusiasts, no reasonable observer could pin the blame for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting solely on the lack of effective gun laws. Even President Barack Obama and other influential voices have called for a balanced approach that looks not only at guns but also at mental illness, violent video games and a culture of fatherlessness that produces young troubled men. And the research about the effectiveness of gun controls laws seems mixed at best.

By Daniel Darling

Editor’s note: Daniel Darling is a pastor, author and speaker in the Chicago area. His latest book is “Real: Owning Your Christian Faith.

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3 Comments for “It’s time for evangelicals to speak up about guns”

  1. Robert Spur

    Thank you for wonderfull article. God Bless you!

  2. i read your article and loave it so much ,thank you so much.

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