Guns & Theology in America, Despite James E. Wallis, We are Winning

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How the NRA Enables Domestic Terrorism
How the NRA Enables Domestic Terrorism

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- According to theologian and author, Jim Wallis, writing for his magazine, Sojourners, the NRA enables domestic terrorism.

His definition of terrorism? “The purposeful violence against civilians, non-combatants, with the intent to create and foster social fear.

All right, we’re doing well so far, but he immediately goes off the rails with the hackneyed assertions that the NRA fights against the doctrines of gun control.  To increase gun sales due to the fear that follows the inevitable mass shootings that are the result of not obeying the commandments in the Book of Bloomberg.

If that sounds like a sermon designed to make you yearn for mama’s meatloaf, the article goes on at greater length. What he tells us to do is nothing new: universal background checks, putting domestic abusers on the list of prohibited persons, offering gun owners a gift card in exchange for their guns (he calls it a buyback program), and banning semiautomatic firearms. After all, they’re only meant for the killing of lots of people at once…right?

Before Wallis, in his genius, tells us that we need every legal gun sale to be done with a background check, he reminds us that the Texas church shooter was convicted of beating his wife and breaking the skull of his infant stepson. This much, at least, he read in The New York Times.

Perhaps I need to read the text in the original Hebrew, but there seems to be a flaw in the belief that God advocates for more background checks as the solution to criminal records not having been entered into the system.

James E. Wallis Jr
James E. Wallis Jr. is a Christian writer and political activist. Founder and editor of Sojourners magazine.

One surprising idea in this Book of Commonsense Prayer is that in theological terms, the police should have a monopoly of force with the goal of protecting the population. I wish he had said whether that comes out of his old testament or the new one since this comes from the same Jim Wallis who was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri while protesting police violence against minorities. In the spirit of forgiveness, I can excuse his not having read my writing on the killing of Philando Castile, a legally armed Minnesotan who was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop, but couldn’t he read his own magazine?

The author was someone else—does Wallis pay attention only to the tablets of stone that he himself has brought down from the mountain?

Reading all of this incoherence in the pronouncements of a gun control advocate comes as no surprise.

I do find it unexpected to see someone who identifies as a part of the Christian left wing calling for new laws on the basis of a theological argument. I’ve been watching social conservatives tell this country that abortion and gay marriage are sins and should be illegal for that reason, but I would have thought that Wallis would be on the side of the separation of religion and state. If he wants to make the case to his fellow Christians, by all means, let him have his say.

Each One, Teach One: Preserving and protecting the Second Amendment in the 21st century
Each One, Teach One: Preserving and protecting the Second Amendment in the 21st century

If his purpose is to convince Christians that they should not own or use firearms, go for it. That’s none of my business. But when he tries to sell new gun laws on the grounds that his theology calls for peace, he’s crossed a line.

The secular case for gun control consistently fails on the evidence. Wallis’s turning to religion for support of violating the rights of millions of law-abiding Americans is a sign of the times for the movement that’s he’s a part of, a sign that those of us who are on the side of gun rights are winning – and must continue the fight.

About Greg Camp

Greg Camp has taught English composition and literature since 1998 and is the author of six books, including a western, The Willing Spirit, and Each One, Teach One, with Ranjit Singh on gun politics in America. His books can are found on Amazon. He tweets @gregcampnc.

  • 13 thoughts on “Guns & Theology in America, Despite James E. Wallis, We are Winning

    1. Wallis is like so many folks that take what they agree with from the word of God and dismiss the rest. Revelations teaches that in the end times good will be called bad and bad will be called good. Study Revelations and you will learn what is happening in the world. Discernment is a good thing to have.

    2. WHO in the hell is James E.Wallis and WHAT the hell is Sojourners Magazine? Defining himself as a so-called political activist means that this asshole is a socialist, America-Hating Democratic hypocrite who won’t leave America for greener pastures elsewhere. I think ISIS territory would be a good choice for this snowflake!

    3. Another “political activist” selling the product of his typewriter so that he does not have to get a job and go to work everyday.

    4. I wonder what he would have said or done during the Crusades ??? Hide in his room or fight… I would bet hide in a corner and shake while others fight, seems to be “that type”. Being a political activist as he is would have gotten him beheaded by his fellow Christians for wanting them disarmed and not allowing them to protect their own. Then there is the question of the Crusades themselves, Christians killing in the name of their religion… Yup, Jimmy Wallis is batting a thousand. Just sayin…

      1. Your apparent slant on the Crusadesis the currently available “Newspeak” version, all mozzified, UN=ified, and otherwise modified to please the lefties.

        In reality those were simply campaigns to retake cities and lands overtaken, sujugated, then occupied by main force of the sword by moslem invaders. It was NOT about “chriustians killing in the name of their religion” it was more like some Christians laying their own lives on the line to remove the yoke of bondage forced upon other Christians, their bretheren. Suppose Cuba invaded and overtook Miami then worked thier was up bpth coasts and on to the Carolinas and Louisiana….. would it be OK for an army of Yankees to form yp and mount a series of campaigns to kick the Castroistas back out and liberate theircompatriots?
        You are correct, though, Wallis would have we Yanks all disarmed, rendering us incapable of mounting such a mission to retake lost terriroty and liberate our bretheren. Wallis is no friend of the free man, Christian or otherwise. I read his “Rich Christians in an age of Hunger” when it first came out. I was a student of sociology and social work at that time, and saw through his phoney phoney “theology”. He’s not studying the same god I know…. the One of the Book.

        It says in there “if a mannWILL NOT (as in refuses) to work DON”T FEED HIM. Wallis would say if a man DOES not work, YOU work and feed him. You have to wade through his newspeak and obfuscation, but boiled down, that’s his underlying premise. Oh he leaves government and his version of “the church” in the middle, but that’s still his bottom line.

        Looking at his photo these days, I’d say he is well fed, in no distress, and likely not very physically active.

    5. I guess this so called theologian never read Luke 22:36, where Christ admonishes his followers to sell their clothing to buy a sword. How could that be?

    6. A little logical exercise. The NRA is atacked and racked over the coals after every criminal event, so why would the NRA want violence? It costs them time, money and effort to defend the Constitution.
      On the other hand the anti-gun groups benefit from each killing, being able to attack the NRA and press for more gun laws.
      So logically, which group, the NRA or the Clinton, Bloomberg, Schumers wants death and killings?

      1. There is no left or right in the teachings of the Bible. It teaches strength when needed and forgiveness when needed. But not stupidity.

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