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“A Gun Itself Is Not Evil,” Tennessee Church Defends Hosting Gun Raffle for Independence Celebrations 

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The case that has recently attracted controversy and discussions is the decision made by a church in Tennessee to host an AR-15 giveaway in the wake of the Fourth of July celebrations. 

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Others have criticized this move stating that it just encourages shooting sprees and is provocative. Others say it is much deeper and the church is just embracing the American spirit, liberty, and heritage.

The Church’s Stance

The anonymous pastor of the church who contacted me gave a simple explanation for this. “A gun itself is not evil. It’s what people do with it that matters.” 

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The intention of the raffle was not associated with promoting gun violence and the glory of guns. But more of a celebration of America’s freedom and the Founding Fathers’ principles.

Accounting as a Pillar of the American Revolution

A pastor pointed out that to ban the AR-15. A type of semi-automatic rifle is to deny Americans the right to protect themselves and their freedoms. 

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He argued that the Second Amendment of the US Constitution suffices to allow people to own guns. Since many of them shoot for hunting, sports, and personal security.

Not Just About Guns

It was not only an endorsement of gun possession. But a stand for American culture and values while countering the president’s words and actions. 

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The pastor stated that the raffle is part of a range of events that would be staged during the celebration of Independence Day. Such as the singing of songs, food, and other activities.

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How Common Are Gun Raffles?

Despite the opinions of some regarding the compatibility of religion and firearms. It is not uncommon for churches in America to raffle off AR-15s. 

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An AR-15 was also recently offered as a raffle prize by a church in West Michigan. An AR-15 was raffled off by a New Mexico school last year to raise funds for the kids.

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Concerns About Gun Violence

However, the church has since endeavored to explain that its goal is not to advocate for the use of guns but to stand up against the oppressors. 

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Nevertheless, so many critics have objected to the fact that advocating for more gun use will lead to more gun homicides. Whereas, others opine that the availability of firearms to people enhances the risk of increased rates of homicide, suicide, and accidental shootings.

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Guns Save Lives

Some people like to propose the concept that guns are useful, sometimes being utilized effectively, for instance in self-defense situations. 

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They also emphasized that countless lives have been protected by citizens who use firearms responsibly. Those who manage to defend themselves, or some other people, from potential threats.

Call to Action

Therefore, in response to criticism, the church has urged its members to participate in a discussion on the issue of gun ownership and use. 

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The pastor reiterated that owning guns is acceptable and necessary to protect society from bad people given that it is done responsibly.

Responsible Gun Ownership

The church has also stressed the need to adhere to legal requirements in the use of firearms, securing them, and precautionary measures during use and training. 

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They also urge gun owners to act to make certain that their firearms are secure from the reach of children and other unauthorized persons.

Alternative Uses for AR-15s

Some people have opined that there exist other methods of commemorating the freedom of America without passion for guns. 

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Possible replacements have also been proposed by the church, which includes fireworks shows or live renditions of patriotic songs.

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Online Reactions 

Online commenters used this raffle story as an opportunity to highlight the inconsistencies between gun culture and a faith like Christianity that preaches peace. 

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“As Jesus would have done,” a Reddit member remarked. Another Reddit member commented, “They take away the Christ in Christian.” Other comments defended the idea of linking the Christian church to weapons such as swords and guns by citing biblical passages.

Celebrating Freedom

Whether one agrees or disagrees with the existing laws on gun control. Most citizens of the United States of America agree that July 4th is a day of celebrating freedom. 

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The decision has also led to a more significant discussion about the definition of America and how one wants to commemorate their Independence Day.

A Lesson in Tolerance

This conflict is a clear message on how people should be more tolerant of one another irrespective of their decisions, instead of vilifying those who think differently about this issue. It is better to look forward to engaging in discussions in a peaceful manner.

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The recent controversy concerning the Tennessee church that decided to host an AR-15 raffle has raised very pertinent questions. This is on the issue of gun control in the United States of America. While some might have issues with this decision, others would consider the event a great representation of American traditions and liberty. 

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