Skip to comments.Anti-Gun group “Gets Religion” for latest gimmick
Posted on 10/26/2013 5:16:43 AM PDT by markomalley
On Sunday, October 20, the anti-gun Childrens Defense Fund (CDF) set up a sideshow in front of the Washington National Cathedral during which blacksmiths melted, hammered and ground weapons into hand-held garden tools, for what it called a modern-day interpretation of the biblical passage about beating swords into plowshares.
Notwithstanding the big posters of AR-15s that CDF displayed at the event, the weaponsall provided by the District of Columbias gun control-supporting police chief, Cathy Lanier, and which the CDF said had been confiscated off the streetsconsisted of several miscellaneous rifle and shotgun barrels and the barreled receiver of a bolt-action rifle, all of somewhat ancient vintage and uncertain manufacture.
The idea that CDF was peddling on Sunday is that teenage gangsters will stop shooting one another if old rifle parts are turned into one-handed cultivators that gun control supporters can use to keep weeds away from their trailing petunias. Each weapon will be connected to its new purpose, creating a narrative that will travel with the new tool, a handout at the event read.Since it appeared that no D.C. police officer was present to maintain custody of the barreled receiver during the CDFs event, it appears that the firearms transfer to the anti-gun activists was illegal. And, as we noted last week, there have been other occasions this year in which D.C. police have bent the rules to help gun control supporters campaign against the right to keep and bear arms.
Lest anyone wonder how a narrative could pacify violent juveniles and young adults in rough, inner-city neighborhoods, the handout said The new owner of the tool will be able to show and tell how the tool is being used, thus preventing a cycle of violence and creating a cycle of peace.
CDF didnt explain how vacuous verbiage about narratives and cycles could mean anything to murderers, but a CDF volunteer explained that even if making a few garden tools wouldnt reduce killings, it would at least allow people tofeel like they are doing something.
If that creates doubt about the CDFs intentions, one need only consider where the group held its plowshares event. The Cathedral is in Northwest D.C., much farther away than the White House from Southeast, where the vast majority of the murders in D.C. take place.
The CDF didnt have to go all the way to Northwest to find a church, of course. Plenty of God-fearing souls live in Southeast, so it has a lot of houses of worship. However, theres one thing that Northwest has that Southeast doesnt: money. Lots of it. And the CDF is like some of the countless United Nations Non-Governmental Organizations on this seemingly-endless list, raking in money from wealthy people who want to feel like they are doing something.
Its easy enough for people to review Isaiah 2:4, to determine for themselves whether it supports the notion of turning swords into plowshares merely to make a political statement, or so that a few people can feel like they have done something. In the meantime, violence continues in Southeast and some other inner city neighborhoods not because people there have too many swords or too few plowshares, but because they have too few jobs and too many gang members that have no respect, nor any regard, for the lives of their fellow man.
Those are problems that no gun control activist group can solve. Nor do they care to. As far as anti-gunners are concerned, the problem is gun ownership. CDFs views on that subject are detailed in an article linked here.
After CDFs Sunday event was over, the Cathedral hosted a performance of Verdis Requiem, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the great Italian opera composers birth. The Requiem Mass is conducted for the dead, of course, and the CDF must have thought that having its event on the same day as the Requiem would help bolster its claim that nearly 3,000 children are killed with guns each year.
The claim is false, of course. The correct number of such deaths is under 400 yearly. To get a figure as high as 3,000, the CDF counts deaths among juveniles and young adults ages 15-19, including many gang-related shootings.
We are unimpressed and unpersuaded by the CDFs attempt to cloak its entirely secular, political cause of reducing freedom and expanding the rule of some men over others in a religious shroud. We would simply advise our readers to look at CDFs long antigun history and judge them by their works, not by the religious company they conveniently keep.
Interesting idea. The reality is that teenage gangstas will use the newly forged cultivators to beat the snot out of each other.
“Those who hammer their guns into plowshares will plow for those who do not.” Thomas Jefferson
In other words the city of Washington turned over a few raggedy guns that no one in the Department wanted and that couldn’t be fired anyway to some crazed anti-gun freaks to beat on , and turn into raggedy tools that no one wants and that don’t work anyway, and that they did this in front of a Cathedral that used to be a place of worship for Christians and that now marries homosexual freaks.
I like the old adage that those who beat their swords into plowshares will plow for those who don't.
teenage gangstas will use the newly forged cultivators to beat the snot out of each other.
Nun chucks started out as an agricultural tool - a way for Japanese farmers to beat the husks off of rice.
So now thugs can beat their ho to death with their hoe.
I think that's called apostasy.
(from Church Latin apostasia, from Greek apostasis desertion)
There's a lot of that goin around these days
Nun chucks started out as an agricultural tool - a way for Japanese farmers to beat the husks off of rice.<<
They were prohibited from owning swords IIRC. A pencil can be a deadly weapon with a knowledge of anatomy, and practice. Practically everything is a weapon potentially, it is the mind that imagines, that is the cause. Ask a ninja...LOL. Parts of our culture are so sheltered from violence, they really don’t have a clue when it knocks on the door. And they are one hurricane...earthquake...etc. from finding out the truth.
And I like people in general.
A well-built grub hoe can actually be pretty deadly.
Well, if the latest “tactic” is to go religious on us...Then those in their movement, are well on their way to hell...