If Anyone is Serious about Gun Control, Start Talking Specifics (and get Creative!)

“As I have walked among the desperate, rejected, and angry young men, I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. I have tried to offer them my deepest compassion while maintaining my conviction that social change comes most meaningfully through nonviolent action. But they ask — and rightly so — what about Vietnam? They ask if our own nation wasn’t using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wanted. Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government.” ~Dr./Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., “Beyond Vietnam–A Time to Break the Silence”

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Wendell Berry Worship

Anyone who read my old blog knows that I have an above-average affinity for Wendell Berry, the Kentucky farmer, writer, and activist. For a year or two, in fact, I hardly read anyone else. I even suggested Jayber Crow to a book club and may have won a convert or two.

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