Peace-Making or Making a Killing?
Violence with firearms happens daily in the U.S., and often in ways we forget about. The dramatic stories of armed assaults, drive-by shootings, mass shootings and police-involved incidents may get much attention, but woundings and deaths are much more likely to be the result of accidents, unintentional shootings (such as mistaking someone for an intruder), domestic violence, and suicide (at rising rates among rural white men, with the gun as the preferred method).
The common denominator is the easy access to a lethal weapon. How to solve, or at least improve, this situation sparks strong reaction from persons across the spectrum of views. But often overlooked in the debate, operating at a hidden level, is the profit motivation in arms sales.
The documentary Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA will be presented by a coalition of peace-making organizations on Tuesday, September 20, 7-9 pm at Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Avenue E. in Duluth. A short panel discussion with Q&A and possible action steps will follow the screening. Sponsoring organizations include the Northland Chapter of the Brady Campaign, Duluth/Superior Veterans for Peace, Protect Minnesota, and Grandmothers for Peace. A trailer of the film may be viewed at http://www.bravenewfilms.org/makingakilling.
Making peace takes many forms. Biblically, peace — shalom — is an all-embracing term that means far more than the absence of violence. It means justice, spiritual grounding, strong community values, and the cherishing of all life ahead of personal rights or individual gain. Join the conversation to find the way you might become part of making peace in your life, in our community, in the world.
Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called children of God. (Jesus, in Matthew 5:9)