“Although this gun will never be used to kill anyone, it would take almost 1000 years to destroy just the guns in the United States right now using our method. We destroyed this gun to highlight the idolatry with which we worship guns in America.” – Rev Jeremy Lucas
A preist in Oregon won a $3,000 assault rifle at a charity event. However, instead of taking his new gun out to the range for a couple of rounds, he does something that may make you laugh, or may make you cringe: He turned it into a garden tool.
Rev Jeremy Lucas of Christ Church Episcopal said that he would not allow the gun to “be used to kill kids in schools.” He obviously watches too much CNN and doesn’t really understand the concept of guns. Is a gun used in some cases of murder? Yes. However, they are not capable of going on a killing spree on their own. In fact, in the hands of a responsible adult, they can save lives.
He faced a legal challenge from Republican lawmakers and gun rights campaigners after he asked a parishioner to store the gun without going through a background check. But the authorities declined to prosecute citing a lack of evidence.
Lucas held a ceremony at church on Friday with hymns and Bible readings that oversaw the breaking down of the gun into a garden tool.
“We took a weapon designed to kill human beings, an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, and turned it into a tool for cultivating and growing food,” noted Lucas on his blog.
He said it was a “symbolic act” to challenge how normalised gun violence had become. “For those gathered this was not a political statement, it was a spiritual statement of our Christian faith.”