Dammit, Stop Offering Crumbs and Protect our Children!

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Written by Guy Nave

Many Americans are excited and even happy because a bipartisan group of senators has announced an agreement on a framework for a firearms safety bill with enough Republican support to advance in the narrowly divided Senate.

While President Biden praises the deal as a step in the right direction, it is an insult to every American who has experienced the loss of a loved one to gun violence, and it ignores the will of most Americans who want to see “significant” gun control legislation.

The proposed legislation not only fails to ban the sale of military-style semi-automatic “assault weapons” and high-capacity magazines to the general public, but it also fails to raise the minimum age for purchasing such weapons “of mass destruction” from 18 to 21.

There is absolutely no reason an 18-year-old should be allowed to purchase a semi-automatic weapon.

Age restrictions are not rare in American society. Activities that can directly harm others and oneself often have a higher age threshold.

Rather than praising U.S. senators for this weak piece of legislation (even though does represent the most expansive federal response to gun violence in three decades), American voters need to let their senators know this legislation is not enough!

It is time for our U.S. senators to experience unrelenting pressure from their constituents.

Go to the U.S. Senate website “contact” page, and type your state in the top drop-down box. You will immediately be taken to a page showing you your senators and their D.C. mailing address and phone number. While you can call their D.C. phone number, it may be more effective to use their local contact information.

Once on the page with your senators’ D.C. information, you can click their name to get their local mailing address, phone number, and oftentimes email address. If you email, there is often an option to receive an email reply response.

Let them know you are a constituent and that you want them not only to make passing gun control legislation a priority but that you want significant gun control legislation, which includes either the banning of military-style assault weapons or the raising of the minimum age to purchase such weapons from 18 to 21.

If your senator is not willing to do so, then it’s time to “vote them out!” We have to prioritize our children over guns!

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About the author

Guy Nave

Guy Nave is a professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. His research focuses on the topics of Christianity, religion and social justice, the social construction of religious meaning, and race-religion-and-politics. Professor Nave is currently researching the power, politics, and meaning behind the rhetoric of "change."

He is the author of several articles and book chapters, and he served as a New Testament Greek translator for the 2011 Common English Bible. His commentary on 2 Corinthians is published in the African American New Testament Commentary, and his book, The Role and Function of Repentance in Luke-Acts has been identified as “the standard scholarly work on repentance in the New Testament.”

Guy Nave received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Yale University. In addition to his blog posts here, he is a frequent contributor to Sojourners Magazine's online "Commentary" blog series.

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