Monday, 14 July 2008

Baptist church gives away an assualt rifle as a prize (for teenagers)

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It seems guns and US Baptist churches have a lot in common - a few months ago we reported on how Baptists in Georgia were appealing for the right to carry firearms in church, and now we hear of a church in Oklahoma that plans to give away an AR-15 assault rifle as a prize in a shooting competition for teenagers.

The competition will take place at Windsor Hills Baptist Church's Annual Youth Conference, which runs from today until Friday, and the leading young Christian hotshot will walk away well-armed thanks to a church benefactor who has kindly donated the AR-15.

For the non-gun-toters among you, Wikipedia tells me an AR-15 is a is a lightweight, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed, semi-automatic, centerfire, shoulder-fired rifle capable of delivering a cool 800 rounds per minute over an effective range of 550 metres.

The shooting competition is part of a whole host of events, including a volleyball championship, a "Crunch Revival"(does anyone know what one of those is?), a "Preacher Boys' competition", Youth Workers Golf and a basketball tournament.

There seems to have been some confusion over whether the gun-giveaway was actually going ahead, with some US media reporting that it had been cancelled, but the Church's own website assures teenage Christian gun enthusiasts everywhere that the weapon will still be available. But in case you're worried that giving a gun away to a young person may lead to something bad happening from the long list of bad things that can happen when a young person (or indeed anyone) has a gun, youth pastor Bob Ross has assured the media this is not the case:

“I don’t want people thinking ‘My goodness, we’re putting a weapon in the hand of somebody that doesn’t respect it who are then going to go out and kill'. That’s not at all what we’re trying to do.”

[Thanks to reader Paul Chana for putting us on to that story]


Anonymous said...

Since the AR-15 is semi-automatic, it can't actually deliver 800 rounds per minute, unless you can pull the trigger that fast.

Still seems like an odd giveaway from an organization that worships a guy who was known as the "prince of peace".

Anonymous said...

"Let he that hath no sword sell his garment, and buy one". Jesus (Luke 22:36-38)

As far as rate of fire of 800, that is the mechanical cyclic rate of this brand of tools' capacity to expend rounds. On the same tune in a different light, you'd also be hard pressed to find an 800 round magazine. Add in magazine swap time and US civilian issue limit of semi-auto, and the functional rate of fire is much lower.

I think it's a noble cause with a just reward for an honest sporting contest.

guy from scotland said...

it's odd 'cos the yanks i've met are real nice people but this is just nuts man. Arent the Police supposed to be there to protect US citizens?

Anonymous said...

i find it odd that you think it's ok to give a gun to a teenager. i'm a teenager and even i know that's a bad idea. and if you new everything about that place you wouldn't support it. i know for a fact that the gun as not donated, the church bought it for eight hundred dollars. why can't they give away eight hundred dollars or give hat money to charity or something. there is indeed something wrons with promoting peace and then turning around giving a gun to a kid. it's very irresponsible.

Anonymous said...

The person who wrote this story does not have a clue. Think about the many things that this writer got wrong. First of all, Baptist churches are as different as night and day. Some of them are far right and some of them are far left and everything in between. This being true, why would the writer put all Baptists in the same group? Second, the writer knows only the information they are fed about the gun, which has been exposed by others. Writer, did you even think about how stupid it sounds to think a semi-automatic could fire 800 rounds in one minute? Thirdly, the writer mocks the churches revival. Just because you are clueless about what a revival is, does not mean the rest of us share your ignorance. It is apparent that you have more than one axe to grind here. Did you get thrown out of a Baptist church? As for those of you who have an incomplete picture of who Christ is, let me say this. Yes, Jesus is the Prince of Peace, to those that are born again, but if you read the entire Bible don't forget what He does to His enemies in the book of Revelation. With so many mistakes in your story, writer, why would we believe the rest of your story? I will look back to see if the blog author has censored my comment. By the way, there is nothing new about humanism. It's the same garbage today that it was 1,000 years ago.