Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence
Parkland. Las Vegas. Dallas. Orlando. San Bernardino. Paris. Charleston. Sutherland Springs. Newtown. These cities are now known for the people who were shot and killed in them. More people in the United States have died from guns in the last fifty years than in all the wars in United States history. With less than 5% of the world's population, the people of the United States own nearly half the world's guns. The United States also has the most annual gun deaths--homicide, suicide, and accidental gun deaths--at 105 per day, or more than 38,000 per year. Some people say it's a heart problem. Others say it's a gun problem. The authors of Beating Guns believe it's both.
This book is for people who believe the world doesn't have to be this way. Inspired by the prophetic image of beating swords into ploughs, Beating Guns provides a provocative look at gun violence in the United States and offers a clarion call to change our hearts regarding one of the most significant moral issues of our time.
Author, speaker, and activist Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin show why Christians should be concerned about gun violence and how they can be part of the solution. The authors transcend stale rhetoric and old debates about gun control to offer a creative and productive response. Full-color images show how guns are being turned into tools and musical instruments across the nation. Charts, tables, and facts convey the mind-boggling realities of gun violence in the United States, but as the authors make clear, there is a story behind every statistic.
Beating Guns allows victims and perpetrators of gun violence to tell their own compelling stories, offering hope for change and helping us re-imagine the world as one that turns from death to life, where swords become ploughs and guns are turned into garden tools.
"If you're vexed by increasing gun violence, you've found the right book. When it comes to guns and to violence, Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin know what they're talking about. Shane grew up hunting in Tennessee and now lives in a tough urban center. He knows what guns are and how to use them--and he knows how devastating their misuse can be. In Beating Guns, Shane and Michael help gun lovers and gun haters to suspend their assumptions and look afresh at lethal firepower and find surprising solutions to the deadly problems associated with them. This is a very timely book that can be enormously helpful to individuals, churches, and whole communities who know that something must be done to curb an increasingly deadly problem." -- Rob Schenck, subject of The Armor of Light, an Emmy Award-winning documentary on evangelicals and guns; president of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute
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