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Community needs gun violence prevention rally, not a giveaway

By BRANDI HARLESS Paducah

EDITOR:

I write this as a concerned citizen who strongly believes in freedoms and upholding the Constitution. I also intend to create respectful dialogue about the recent event held at Lone Oak Baptist Church.

Mr. McAlister and his team use the term "outreach to rednecks" to discuss their gun giveaway strategy for reaching the unchurched in Kentucky. The term redneck is a derogatory slang term used to negatively characterize poor rural workers. Using this term to define their target market makes the assumption that their target group is lacking in moral character and needs to attend more church. Does this mean that poor rural Kentuckians need a new moral direction?

Secondly, pushing to increase the fear of losing guns disturbs me. I am from a large family of hunters, and I deeply respect the sport. I heard Mr. McAlister's sound-byte when he raised his voice with fury saying "no government will take my guns." This fear-based statement has no place in church. If we want to talk about Second Amendment rights, why can't we do that by exploring the facts and starting a dialogue? Here's a good start. "Approximately 20 percent of gun owners own 65 percent of the guns, that's 270 million firearms owned by citizens." (NRA) The reality is that legislation is rarely about taking guns away, but how to keep them in the hands of citizens who DO NOT intend them for human harm.

So, instead of rallying in the name of keeping our guns, how about we rally in the name of creating a space for dialogue and gun violence prevention? The March Sabbath is hosted this month in places of worship across the nation to remember those who have lost loved ones to gunfire and to continue the discussion on how communities of faith can work together to help reduce gun violence.

BRANDI HARLESS

Paducah

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Steven D. Gossum posted on: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:20 PM

Title: guns for rednecks

They do honor HIM with their lips, but their hearts are far from HIM.

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