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Gundamentalism and Where It Is Taking America Paperback – January 9, 2017
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About the Author
James E. "Jim" Atwood is Pastor Emeritus of the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Arlington, Virginia, and lives with his wife, Roxana, at the Sunnyside Retirement Community of Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is the author of America and Its Guns: A Theological Expose and is a frequent speaker and resource person at educational, ecumenical, and interfaith seminars throughout the country.
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Important to frame the issue as one of reducing gun violence rather than gun control. During the time I read this, there were at least half a dozen mass shootings in our country which only reinforced the main message of the author. What do we do? I will start by writing to my legislative representatives at every opportunity and recommending this book.
Atwood contests the NRA assertion that guns make us safer with well researched evidence. Indeed, this 'gunadmentalist" idolatry is so pervasive that it has a choke hold on the whole country. This choke hold is so pervasive that it has shut down any research that might confirm or challenge it with facts. It is so pervasive that it resists any marketing of safe guns that would effectively keep children from firing them inadvertently. It is so pervasive that it would rather place guns in the hands of terrorists on the no-fly list, the mentally ill, the serial spouse abuser, than support common sense background checks. This idolatry is so pervasive that we ignore the tens of thousands of preventable suicides by guns committed every year. This idolatry is so pervasive that even the wholesale slaughter of innocent children is an acceptable sacrifice to this “god.” Arm yourself for the next conversation you have with the vast number of reasonable gun owning neighbors. Our breathe is, no doubt, wasted on the entrenched true believer gundamentalist.