Peter Rosenberger on Pulpits, Not Politics, Helping to Reduce Gun Violence in America

Crosses hanged at a fence near Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida for the victims who lost their lives | Reuters / Jonathan Drake

In the wake of the Texas and Ohio shootings, Fox News’ Dana Perino asked Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove about legislation possibilities regarding firearms.

“I think in the aftermath of instances like we had—these terrible tragedies in Dayton and El Paso, people say, ‘Can we do better?’”  – Karl Rove, Fox New 8/8/2019

While most agree we can, the country remains fractured on how.  Those sprinting to the microphone espouse formulaic political agendas couched in the same message: “self-defense” or “society-defense.” Likewise, the halls of Congress and media all seem to echo the repeated and fatigued phrase, “We’ve got to pass a law!”

Laws clearly provided no restraint to the shooter in Philadelphia who shot six police officers.

While the argument ensues over which law to pass that guarantees bad and broken people surrender their weapons and emancipate society from bloodshed, there’s another path that could see faster results.

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research states an estimated 50+ million Americans attend one of the roughly 300,000 religious congregations in the United States. In those houses of worship, clergy engage a significant population linked to family and friends struggling with various and sometimes malevolent issues.

Statistically speaking, someone orbiting an impaired or hate-filled individual attends a church, temple, or mosque. Rather than waiting and debating over what to do, can we not appeal to our clergy who collectively interact and influence a massive number of citizens?

While politicians and pundits speak to and from green screens and platforms, pastors speak to families in dire circumstances.  Parents, siblings, spouses, or children struggling with the behavior of someone they love fill pews and kneeling benches across America. As their spiritual needs receive ministering, why not encourage clergy to quietly and privately ask if that loved one or a distressed caregiver has access to firearms?

Gentle guidance from a priest, pastor, rabbi, or cleric connects far greater than a politician running for office.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Peter Rosenberger

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