Not wasting time after President Trump’s State of the Union address, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lambasted Trump’s speech for not addressing “the gun violence epidemic”.
Pelosi also made sure to criticize Trump’s concerns with border security and pivot the discussion to gun control. Pelosi can whine all she wants about the so-called “gun violence epidemic”, but the facts have an inconvenient way of bringing down her dubious assertions. Contrary to popular belief, there is no gun violence epidemic in the United States.
For a start, school shootings have actually been on the decline since the 1990s. According to Criminology Professor James Alan Fox’s research, four times as many children were killed in shootings during the early 90s than in present times. School children these days are more likely to die drowning or in bike accidents.
However, dropping incidences of gun violence go beyond the school yard. Declining crime rates were seen from 1993 to 2013, a period when per capita gun ownership increased by 56 percent and gun violence dropped by 49 percent during the same time frame. From a big picture perspective, the United States hit a 51-year low in homicide rates during 2014.
Despite hand-wringing from anti-gunners, more guns and laxer carry laws have not translated into more crime. However, gun controllers don’t care about facts.
On the day after the State of the Union, there were hearings on H.R. 8, the House’s Universal Background Check bill. Universal Background Checks are already law in 11 states, and now Congress critters want to bring them to the DC swamp. Anti-gun Democrats took the House in the 2018 midterms, and want to leave their mark by ramming gun control through. With a safe majority in the House, they will likely pass H.R 8 with relative ease.
The Republican-controlled Senate is a different story, but a number of squishy Republicans like Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, and Lindsay Graham could make things interesting if H.R. 8 makes its way to the Senate. It’s anyone’s guess what could happen in the 116th Congress, but there’s no denying that gun control will be one of the most polarizing issues for the next year or so.
However, let’s not kid ourselves. The concerns about a gun violence epidemic are misplaced.
Instead, there is an epidemic of control freak politicians who think they know better than the average American on how to defend themselves and their loved ones. For that reason, Second Amendment supporters must keep their eyes peeled for any anti-gun shenanigans when Congress is in session.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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