Editors Note: This article is in response to Jim Winkler's, general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church and chair of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, recent editorial calling the repeal of Virginia's One Gun a Month law immoral.
I thought immoral meant not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics.
I thought immoral was wickedness, licentiousness, or you know big Biblical words like lasciviousness.
I think he is very wrong and his slip is showing.
It is ethical for me to protect myself, my family, my congregation, and my country, it is acceptable and even smart to do that with a firearm MOST of the time.
I believe it is consistent with the principles of a leader, a shepherd to protect and serve, but not to be a shill for the Brady Campaign.
Immoral —that is a bit of a stretch but if he wants the big “I” words how about some words to describe the organization he is supporting, like “Impotent“… you know impotent; “unable to perform action.” And I have more… like inadequate, incapable, incapacitated, incompetent, ineffective, ineffectual, inept… words used as excuses for groups and city mayors that blame everything and everyone except the perpetrator.
The reality is guns and the lawful purchase of guns are not the problem, criminals are the problem. Our problems come from people with no regard for others or for the law. Those evil, dysfunctional, and anti-social people that prey on society. The people that embody the true meaning of “Immoral”
Mr Winkler, don’t be angry bro. Virginians are just rounding the edges off of blocks to freedom and equality.
See the Times Dispatch to comment.
Rev. Kenn BlanchardThe Urban Shooter Podcast “The Pro-Gun Variety Show”
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