Let’s just say it: this video is terrifying, and it’s meant to be. The man’s name is Rob Buck and he proves that it’s possible to carry an AR-15, a handgun and 264 rounds of ammunition in a slim-fitting t-shirt and jeans with no jacket, and that a lot of people can be quickly killed:
After the tragedy in Orlando we have seen the usual tensions and arguments made between gun-control advocates and Second Amendment activists. It seems possible to support sensible gun ownership for sport, and even target practice — your correspondent has a shooting badge on the old scouting sash and takes safety seriously — but it’s difficult to view a video like this one and not feel an equally sensible instinct to say, “there’s lots of crazy people out there, and they shouldn’t have these.”
The debates will rage while better minds than ours attempt to find a solution, but until then we pray:
Loving God and Creator,
all life comes from you and is therefore sacred and precious.
Give us wisdom to be so mindful of this sacredness that find our way back
from the evils of abortion, and euthanasia, and the reckless use of weapons
that can both protect us and bring us to terrible harm.
By your grace give us the strength of faith necessary to always seek peace,
and to nurture rather than to destroy. In Christ’s Name, we pray, Amen.
Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17)