What United Methodists believe about gun violence

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Hiram Hobe

Since the libs get so teary-eyed about death (especially POTUS) they routinely deny that poisoning deaths & PP abortions outrank people murders more than people killing w/guns. Methodists shed no tears over 50 million abortion murders 97% done for convenience. …no wonder God not blessing Methodists who have declined from 11-1/2 mil members to 7 mil now. At least the Catholics aren’t wishy-washy like Methodists!

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Wes Andrews

My understanding is that the BOR is a guide while the BOD is our book of law. 2012 Book of Resolutions call upon all governments of the world in which there is a United Methodist presence to establish national bans on ownership by the general public of handguns, assault weapons, automatic weapon conversion kits, and weapons that cannot be detected by traditionally used metal-detection devices; Some sincere questions in my mind about this: Does “Gun violence” refer to a police officer who uses a gun to stop the aggression of a lethally violent criminal? Does “gun violence” refer to a… Read more »

Paul W.
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Paul W.

Wes, you make great points. The problem is that the term “gun violence” itself needs to be eliminated from use since it has become nothing more than a political code-phrase for an agenda that redefines and supersedes the normal meaning of the term. You ask why nothing is done about the many good questions you pose? It’s because the agenda doesn’t care about any of those points. Most missed it, but when the President ordered the flag to half staff on Dec. 7 in honor of the victims of the San Bernardino massacre, he ignored the jihadist/terrorist aspect of the… Read more »

David
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David

The term “assault weapon” needs to be dropped as well; it is almost never used correctly (as a reference to a weapon capable of either semiautomatic or automatic fire) and its main function in discussions is to scare people. If the UMC wants to ban various classes of firearms, then they need to define clearly, exactly, specifically what those classes are; “ban anything that looks scary” is hardly a recipe for responsible government.

Wes Andrews
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Wes Andrews

The way progressives “win” is they control the conversation and use ambiguous terms like “gun” violence. Or they label anyone who disagrees as bigots, “phones”, racists, and uncompassionate. I’m against the private ownership of assault rifles which by formal definition is fully automatic. Those have been outlawed in this country since the 30s, but progressives which don’t follow any rules or commitments to rules confuse people by redefining and “reimagine” the language to fit their rhetoric. They refer to any semi-automatic as assault.

Wes Andrews
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Wes Andrews

dang auto correct “Phobes,” not “phones.”

Richard Hicks
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Richard Hicks

What about non-gun violence?! Thanks, Richard F Hicks, OKC

Charles Harrison
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Richard, we would like to respectively ask you to begin to limit your daily comments. Let me encourage you to share one good idea in a comment of any length for the readership to consider. But frankly not every article or commentary needs a comment from you and not every comment needs a reply from you as it is not particularly edifying to our readership. You are posting multiple comments in the same day often on the same article. Thank you in advance for your cooperation on this.

Kevin
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Kevin

Let’s make sure anyone who is thinking of attacking a UMC church reads this.
11.reflecting the traditional role of The United Methodist Church has been one of safety and sanctuary, every United Methodist Church is officially declared a weapon-free zone.

That also implies that people trained in martial arts cannot attend a UMC church doesn’t it?

Donnie
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Donnie

Interesting that all major mass shootings have happened in gun-free zones. It’s almost as if the attacker wanted a soft target.

Frank Zimmerman
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Frank Zimmerman

I understand the reasoning that the United Methodist beliefs are founded upon. I honor the rules of a gun free zone. I disagree with all being bad. I do feel proper training and responsibility of firearm ownership for protection is an earthly and legal right. I can only say, we can agree to disagree with all due respect.
Thank you for the ability to express my opinion on this issue.
Frank Zimmerman

George Nixon Shuler
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George Nixon Shuler

Eh, so-so meme. I’m rather liking instead the approach of the use of informal social opprobrium toward firearms in the same manner in which cigarettes are now frowned upon by decent society. The militant gun enthusiast is every bit as big of a victim of the death merchants as every teenage puffer was of the Dukes, Chesterfield, Phillip Morris, and the like. Both addictions use phallic-shaped fetishes as substitutes for lost manhood are both are in the end self-destructive.

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