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Sooo Many Things Wrong With This!

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I am truly amazed (and more than a little terrified) by the overwhelming gun culture of our Southern neighbours (and the increasing spill-over up here too). I found this article while surfing the web today and all I can say is “WOW”!  How can people think that ANY good will come of such a worldly (and just plain dangerous) idea?  What do you think?

jesus-is-the-riflemanArkansas House approves bill allowing guns in churches

Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | 9:37 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas House has approved a bill allowing concealed handguns in churches, despite hearing arguments that lawmakers should put their faith in God, not guns.

The bill passed on a 57-42 vote and now heads to the Senate. It removes churches and other houses of worship from the list of places where concealed handguns are banned.

Currently, the only private entities where concealed weapons are banned are churches and bars.

The bill’s sponsor, Representative Beverly Pyle, said she introduced the measure after a series of church shootings across the country.

She said it would be up to each individual church whether to allow the concealed guns.

“It is time we changed our concealed-handgun law to allow law-abiding citizens of the state of Arkansas the right to defend themselves and others should a situation happen in one of our churches,” she said.

Pyle said at least 20 states have similar laws allowing churches to decide whether to permit concealed guns.

The measure drew opposition from a pair of pastors who are also legislators.

Representative Steven Breedlove, a minister at the Valley View Church of Christ, said allowing concealed handguns won’t stop someone from opening fire inside a church.

“Ronald Reagan was completely surrounded by armed guards and he was still shot,” Breedlove said.

“And that is why we must put our faith in God and not put our faith in something else. Let us keep the sanctity of churches and put our faith in God and not in guns.”

© The Canadian Press, 2009

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4 thoughts on “Sooo Many Things Wrong With This!

  1. We seem to have a different mindset in Canada, as I recall recently reading an article calling for the ban of handguns in Canada. Why should there be concealed guns in church? Why do people feel the need to carry concealed guns to church? Wow.

  2. There does indeed seem to be a very different and deep seated mindset on either side of the border. The right to bear arms seems to be so ingrained in the one and questionable to the other that it makes for some lively discussion!

    For those who might be interested in following just such a discussion you can see what this same post has generated on the Wittenberg Trail. It is really very interesting!

    http://wittenbergtrail.ning.com/profiles/blogs/is-this-really-a-good-idea#comments

  3. It looks like you need a login with wittenbergtrail to follow the link.

  4. So sorry everyone. I didn’t realize there would be a password issue. Well let me take the opportunity to encourage you to consider signing up over at the trail … you won’t be sorry. This is especially true if you are Lutheran, know a Lutheran or just want to learn what Lutheran is.

    As to the discussion on this post over there … what can I say? I raised the question, quite a few brothers had a different view point. We all quoted some scripture and exchanged some interesting takes on the issue. I guess you had to be there – so sign up and stop missing out!

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