Unleashing Hell: Loving Guns Over Loving People


This is not a policy tweet; it’s prophetic. I’m simply stating that which is the case. When we love guns more than people, we unleash hell.” -Brian Zahnd

Lot of conservative folks refuse to budge on the conversation about gun violence in this country (if you can find one who even acknowledges it exists to begin with) because they believe that ultimately the 2nd Amendment exists to prevent a tyrannical government from taking over.

First, never in our history has that threat been real and it’s highly unlikely it ever will be real with the building blocks and foundation of this country being what they are. So there’s that.

Secondly, IF this scenario of the need for U.S. citizens to rise up against a tyrannical government ever did happen let me tell you how that goes.

It goes like this: if a government were to exist like that it would be over a long period of time wherein the government fully convinces the U.S. military that their actions are right. The military would fully and without hesitance carry out the commands of such government should it exists.

I’m sorry, dear conservative, but your arsenal of semi-auto/automatic weapons, while maybe making a dent in this army, is no match for the greatest military force the world has ever seen. You would be wiped out and dealt with by a nerd in a computer room with a military drone. There is no winning the false/mythical battle of the U.S. People vs. the U.S. Tyrannical Government. You lose. You die. Plain. Simple.

This isn’t the day and age where a few muskets and help from France wins you a war. If this scenario you fear came true you would surely lose and die in vein trying to fight such a force.

Thus these silly concerns, based on fear and not facts, of a tyrannical government are a weak argument for the common person to be able to amass an arsenal of semi-automatic/automatic/military-grade weapons.

You don’t need them to shoot your deer or protect yourself from home intruders.

It’s time we have a conversation about gun violence in this country. No one is arguing to take them away. That isn’t the common “liberal” argument. The argument is to make them less accessible. there’s no reason why someone needs access to semi-auto/auto weapons and to amass them into an arsenal like this shooter did.

I’m sorry, but you don’t need an arsenal of military grade weapons for shooting deer and self-defense. And there is no tyrannical government coming after you.

Again, it isn’t about taking anyone’s guns away. It’s about realizing that this country has a serious, lethal, and deadly problem around gun violence that a lot of folks refuse to accept and confront.

These senseless acts of murder and rampage are getting old; it’s time to talk about the glorification of guns and violence in our culture and find a solution to the epidemic that is gun violence and mass shootings in this country.

The conservative folks’ refusal to have this conversation about gun violence, confront it, and continually push to hide it under the rug is indeed a glorification of violence and a love of guns over people. I hate to say it, but it is the prophetic truth of the reality we see before us when.

The priorities and policy need to change. The conversation starts now. Come join it, please, for the sake of our souls, our families, our children, our grandchildren, and our country.

A Prayer for People Living in a Violent Land by Brian Zahnd:

Most merciful God we confess we are a nation addicted to violence.
We have celebrated and mythologized the violence we call good,
Only to be shocked by violence we know is evil.
We have sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind.


Forgive us for disseminating the deceit of redemptive violence;
For embracing the satanic lie that we can do good by killing.
May we who confess that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace,
Have the courage to turn swords into plowshares,
And spears into pruning hooks.
May we embody the way of peace.


We lament the fifty-nine dead in Las Vegas,
And pray for their souls.
Lord, have mercy.


We lament the hundreds wounded,
And pray for their healing.
Lord, have mercy.


We lament our addiction to violence,
And pray for our deliverance.
Lord, have mercy.


We lament that our culture sacralizes weapons,
And pray to learn the better way of peace.
Lord, have mercy.


We lament that we have idolized violent men,
Instead of learning from your servants of peace.
So we pray as we learned from your servant Saint Francis…


Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.


O, Divine Master,
grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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