Activist Shane Claiborne and blacksmith Mike Martin offer ways to heal the gun violence epidemic in their new book Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence (video trailer link: https://youtu.be/Y9-IYiQjWD4). Their Beating Guns Tour will be at Dayspring UMC in Tempe on March 24th.
America, a country in which mass shootings have become almost commonplace, is better at protecting guns than protecting people, say authors Shane Claiborne and Mike Martin in their new book. Holding the shameful record for most gun deaths at about 38,000 per year, it’s clear that this country is in the midst of an epidemic. Bestselling author and activist Claiborne, and Martin, a Mennonite pastor turned blacksmith, offer a Christian response to the crisis, transcending the rhetoric of “thoughts and prayers” with concrete ways to address the problem. “We have the audacity to believe that it is not the will of God for approximately 105 people to die from guns each day in the U.S.,” they say.
Inspired by the biblical prophets’ call to “beat swords into plowshares,” Claiborne and Martin will tour the country this spring with a forge and other blacksmithing tools. The Beating Guns Tour is a 90-minute event that will feature music, art, and stories of people impacted by gun violence, culminating with an invitation for the audience to take the hammer and transform a gun into garden tools. They will be at Dayspring UMC on March 24th at 2pm.
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