Nearly one-third of illegally-trafficked guns are connected to gun shows, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. The background check normally required in order to purchase a gun is not required at these events. More than 500 mayors - Mayors Against Illegal Guns - have united in a call to action for closing this serious gap in the nation's gun laws. You can lend your support at Close the Loophole.
At the Huffington Post, Pastor Ryan Bell explains how and why he and filmakers in his Hollywood Seventh-day Adventist church responded to Glenn Beck's tirade against associating social justice with Christian faith:
When news of Beck's incendiary comments broke, my colleagues and I across the religious spectrum couldn't believe what we were hearing....
I met with a couple of filmmakers at the church I serve and together we decided to create two or three Public Service Announcements with the aim of creating a civil conversation out of the cultural moment created by Glenn Beck's unfortunate comments. Our goal is to help people understand what social justice is and its place at the center of Christian faith. The first of our PSAs is can be viewed below and at www.socialjusticechristian.com.
Suggestions for action galore in Chapter 7 -- individual, communal and governmental! This post simply offers a platform for comment and discussion for the remainder of this year's discussion series.
Can't resist one striking quotation, though:
We could all...spend time, money, and energy, to make personal sacrifices, to repent of our ultimately unsustainable ways of life. And if we did, not only would we dramatically reduce our carbon emissions, but we would also reinvigorate local communities, reclaim public space for the public, and pry ourselves form the grip of consumer culture. Few other changes in behavior would signal so powerfully the Christian determination to live according to God's ordering of creation, rather than our present notions of unrestricted personal freedom (177-178, emphasis supplied).