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. With less than 5% of the world's population, the people of the US...
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: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. With less than 5% of the world's population, the people of the US own nearly half the world's guns. America also holds the record for the most gun deaths--homicide, suicide, and accidental gun deaths--at around 90 a day and about 33,000 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 plows, Beating Guns provides a provocative look at gun violence in America and offers a clarion call to change our hearts regarding one of the most significant moral issues of our time. Bestselling 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 America, 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 reimagine the world as one that turns from death to life, where swords become plows and guns are turned into garden tools.
Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President and most recently Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, and with John Perkins Follow Me to Freedom: Leading as an Ordinary Radical is a prominent activist and sought after speaker. He is one of the founding members of The Simple Way, a community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association, and in his down-time is quite a dynamic circus performer.
- :<b>contents<br></b>note To The Reader<br>introduction: Whispers Of Another World<br>1. Turning Weapons Into Farm Tools (and Other Lovely Things)<br>2. The Mess We Find Ourselves In<br>3. Gun History 101<br>4. The Gun Empire<br>5. Do Black Guns Matter?<br>consider This: Gallery Of The Absurd<br>6. Mythbusting<br>7. Kids And Guns<br>8. Another Dark Secret<br>9. Dudes And Their Guns<br>10. The Second Amendment And The Sermon On The Mount<br>consider This: Laying It All Out There<br>11. In Guns We Trust<br>12. Exorcising Demons<br>13. Christians And Guns<br>14. Unlearning Violence<br>consider This: Matthew 5<br>15. The Third Way Of Jesus<br>16. Love Casteth Out Fear (and Fear Casteth Out Love)<br>17. Commonsense Change<br>18. Reimagining The World