Should the two even be connected?
While some cry separation of church and state, others claim it’s the duty of religious leaders to step forward and make a strong case for stricter gun control laws.
Admittedly, gun control has not been on the forefront of the political scene for several years. But with the number of massacres increasing, many are asking why not. According to Religion Link, a journalism resource site, the topic is complicated.
“Many religious groups have policy statements decrying gun violence and advocating gun control, those statements are often a decade old or more, and gun control advocates say that few religious groups are making gun control a priority. The push for a faith-based action for gun control is also complicated by the fact that gun ownership and opposition to gun control are part of the religious worldview of many Christians, especially evangelicals and Pentecostals in the South and West. Southern Baptists and Mormons, in particular, are influential voices opposing restrictions on gun ownership. In fact, a 2006 nationwide poll commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation found that half of all hunters and anglers identified as evangelical Christians.”
Where do you stand on this?