America And Its Guns by James Atwood

The author was a Presbyterian minister in Virginia and he is an avid hunter.  He presents a theological approach to this problem.  We have all heard a lot about it, but there are some new and interesting things to be learned from this book.  He talks about violence, idols and laws.  Obviously this is not an easy problem to deal with, but it is a major part of our culture.  Sober and mature thought and action are required.

1. Are guns purely a political matter (spiritual, psychological, ethical)?

2. What happened to the NRA in 1977?

3. What do you think of the argument that people need guns to fight back in case the government runs amok?

4. What do you think of the argument that people need guns for self-protection?

5. How does the author feel about "redemptive violence"?

6. What does the author say about guns in the Old West?

7. How could the gun be an idol?

8. Do the majority of people in the US favor some kind of gun control?

9. What is the story of gun control laws?

10. Is physical power (ie a gun) the most important thing in our society?

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