What you are about to see may disturb you. It is graphic. The very graphic nature was used to convey a message to gun owners that they were personally responsible for the carnage that was inflicted on the young men involved.
They even use Jesus in tandem with the Christmas cards they sent.
And Jesus certainly is a messenger of peace, but that didn’t stop him from telling His disciples often that he was the Good Shepard, a clear message to his followers that he would look out for their bests interests including protecting them.
Which is why this group’s attempts to tie Jesus directly into a gun campaign is slightly off base.
According to betsyriot.com, the anonymous group’s goal is “decentralized civil disobedience against gun culture.” In other words, “to prank, lambaste, and generally fuck up gun culture.” Well, they got me. I received the above Christmas card in the mail, expecting a generic Xmas message from one of the people who’ve provided goods or services to the family Farago. Opening the card, reading an insert inside the blank pages, the mood darkened . . .
Flipping over the insert revealed the true nature of my well-wishers . . .
We know that Michael Cargill, owner of Central Texas Gun Works, got one. One of the younger members of his family opened it. Nice, huh? NRA gun guy Colion Noir got one, too. Question: how did Betsy Riot get the home mailing addresses of so many People of the Gun?
Jesus taught peace. But he also referred to himself as the Good Shepherd.
Shepherding was a full-time vocation; the shepherd protected the sheep from wild animals-bears, wolves, mountain cats- any animal that threatened the flock was dealt with by the shepherd.
1 Timothy 5:8 says “Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
Whether you are a disciple of Jesus or not, you still know it’s on you to protect your family. God certainly gives each individual wisdom how that looks for them.
God recognized there are evil men in the world. In fact, some of Jesus’ final words are quoted in Luke 22:36 where he says “But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!” God is saying “Be prepared to defend yourself”– not to be confused with the acts of aggression that many anti-gun organizations expect from all gun owners.
What do you think of this graphic Christmas card campaign?