Don't go into this film expecting hard and fast facts, an examination of the effects of gun legislation on certain crime rates. No, rather, this film is an examination of the 2nd Amendment in America as a social issue, reveal the divisiveness might be greater than most initially thought.
Rob Schneck, a pro-life pastor, formerly indifferent to the 2nd Amendment issue saying 'it wasn't his field' comes crashing face first into the issue after a shooting takes place near his home and he meets with a mother who lost her child to a man who claimed to defending himself under the 'Stand Your Ground' law.
The issue takes us all across America, from NRA conventions, to the places of mass shootings. The movie gives a fair and balanced account of the issue, allowing all sides to speak their mind. Whereas the pro-side firmly believes 'the only thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun' the anti side seems to believe that guns are mostly in the hands of good guys as it is, but that good people can still do bad things.
Rob Schneck finds himself almost disturbed as he finds Evangelical Christians basing their adamancy and vitriol about guns based upon fear -- whether it be of government or other people -- and wonders if he can continue to be a neutral third party in this issue when he claims to stand for 'all life at all stages'.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, I do firmly believe showing how divisive the issue is will give you pause and perhaps, re-examine both sides of the isle.
Does a Christian view of guns in America need to be part of a full Pro-Life position? Rob Schenck, an evangelical warrior from the front lines of the Anti-Abortion wars, begins to think so after a mass killing at a Virginia Naval base occurs close to his home. Then, when he experiences the redemptive Christian response of an Amish community after a disaffected man does what disaffected men do with such tedious regularity with guns in America these days, he is called to come to terms with where he stands as a Christian on this issue. He comes together with the mother of a young black man who was killed by a Florida man who stood his ground and took her son's life because he was playing his music too loud.
The movie addresses the gun issue with a cultural and spiritual depth that I have been waiting to see. Mr. Schenck is confronted with a moral and theological crisis again. The pro-gun slogans that some of his white evangelical cohorts express show how effective years of steady NRA imprinting has been. When one of them says wistfully that a benefit of a fully armed society will be that everyone will be more polite (a pretty commonly expressed view among guntopians), Mr. Schenck - and the viewer - is reminded that a prophet needs the armor or light.
An outstanding documentary on guns in America from a Christian then a Multi-faith perspective. Rev Rob Schenck is a leader in the Pro-Life Movement through Operation Rescue. He was raised Jewish and remembers the Holocaust pictures of concentration camps "with bodies stacked like cordwood." When the violence began in the some small parts of the Pro-Life Movement he was shocked and dismayed. The shooting at the Washington Navy Yard occurred mere blocks from his house. He began a conversation with Lucy McBath, mother of teenager Jordan Davis killed over loud music in a Jacksonville gas station. They shared their deeply-held religious faith which transformed both of them.
This film presents a balanced, deep, and reasoned discussion with more light than heat between people on both sides of this controversial issues. It makes you think about this issue in detail.
This amazing documentary film raises some very important questions that Christians need to examine about firearms and life. Rev. Rob Schenck never sounds judgy or condemning, but sets out to listen and understand Christians' views of guns, the Second Amendment, and self-defense while also coming back to Scripture. Very thought-provoking and encouraging as providing a way forward for change. Guns are a more divisive and timely issue in the Church than a lot of Christians (and pastors) realize, and I am so thankful that this documentary has brought it to light.
A cleric and the mother of a shooting victim examine gun violence in America. A problem that needs to be fixed. You can't fix it unless you talk about it. Watch this and talk about it, discuss it get the conversation going now.