WBEZ | Gun ownership http://www.wbez.org/tags/gun-ownership Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en An evangelical leader's changing views on gun ownership http://www.wbez.org/news/evangelical-leaders-changing-views-gun-ownership-113323 <p><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gettyimages-51950226_wide-88d6581ed15f2822f5d11812d9db2d554727497c-s600-c85.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="The Rev. Rob Schenck, of the National Clergy Council, right, and the Rev. Patrick Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, pray in front of the J. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., in 2005. Schenck is a pro-life activist who believes gun ownership and the use of guns is a decision best decided by community leaders, not the government. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)" /></div><div>As the debate over gun ownership and gun control is renewed following the shooting deaths of nine people, including the gunman, at an Oregon community college&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/10/01/445034424/active-shooter-reported-at-oregon-community-college">earlier this month</a>, there&#39;s the voice of an evangelical leader whose views might be different from what some would expect.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Rev. Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action, is an anti-abortion activist who believes gun ownership and the use of guns is a decision best decided by community leaders, and not the government.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Schenck is the subject of a soon-to-be-released documentary,&nbsp;The Armor of Light,&nbsp;which focuses on his changing stance on gun ownership. Those views were affected by the 2013 shooting at the D.C. Navy Yard,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/10/05/how-one-evangelical-activist-changed-his-mind-on-gun-violence/" target="_blank">according to The Washington Post</a>:</div><blockquote><p><em>&quot;For years, Rev. Rob Schenck led nonviolent protests as an anti-abortion activist, focusing on abortion as the primary &#39;sanctity of human life&#39; issue.&nbsp;</em><em>But everything changed after the 2013 D.C. Navy Yard shooting that left 13 people dead. A new documentary called &quot;The Armor of Light&quot; tracks Schenck as he decided that one cannot be both &#39;pro-life and also &#39;pro-guns.&#39;</em></p><p><em>&quot; &#39;I&#39;ll be very candid, I haven&#39;t felt that it&#39;s our issue, until we end up kneeling in prayer, outside the Navy Yard gates in my neighborhood where my apartment building was in lockdown,&#39; he says in the film that will be released on Oct. 30. &#39;So suddenly it goes from theoretical to very realistic.&#39; &quot;</em></p></blockquote><p>Schenck spoke with NPR&#39;s Scott Simon about his views and how they coalesce with his anti-abortion stance.</p><p>&quot;When you talk about aiming a weapon at another human being, no matter what the circumstances are, that&#39;s a question of paramount moral and ethical dimensions, so it&#39;s something that we should take very seriously, and I don&#39;t know that a lot of us are,&quot; he says.</p><div><hr /></div><p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">Interview Highlights</span></strong></p><p><strong>On his calls for gun control on a personal level rather than a legal level</strong></p><p>Ultimately, we&#39;ll all make the decision what we will do, whether we&#39;ll own a lethal weapon and use it or not. We&#39;ve had a long discussion in this country &mdash; decades-long &mdash; on gun control, that is government gun control. For me, this is a question of self-control regardless of what the law may allow me to do. I appeal to a higher law. ... I&#39;ve said publicly, that in our respecting of the Second Amendment, we have to be very careful we don&#39;t break the second commandment, which is the commandment against idolatry. We can set up our own idolatry when we declare ourselves the arbiters of right and wrong, and especially, of the value of a human life.</p><p><strong>On how his views on guns relate to his views on abortion</strong></p><p>I&#39;ve been a pro-life advocate for 30 years. I see life as having value from the moment of conception, but there&#39;s a whole lot of life after conception. It&#39;s a pro-life question, and it&#39;s a deeply moral question, and it&#39;s, even for me, it&#39;s a theological question.<br /><br /><strong>On whether or not he owns a gun and why</strong></p><p>I do not ... on principle; I&#39;ve made the decision not to own a weapon. There&#39;s a lot of reasons for that. One is, I think it does create an ethical crisis for a Christian. Secondly, I don&#39;t necessarily trust myself, and maybe more of us would be better off to question what we will do in the heat of anger, fear, or God forbid, depression. My own family has a history of gun suicide due to depression. I know depression runs in families, and I don&#39;t want to take that risk.</p><div id="con447370085" previewtitle="Related NPR Stories"><p>I understand that impulse, and I respect it. I don&#39;t impugn people&#39;s motives on that. I think an awful lot of those people are sincere, and that&#39;s a noble inclination that we have. Now whether the handgun &mdash; a lethal weapon &mdash; is the best way to manage that security for yourself and your family is another question. Sometimes, a handgun can be a shortcut in the equation.</p></div><p><strong>On whether religious and ethical leaders can come to an agreement on gun ownership that politicians have missed</strong></p><p>Yes, I do. First of all, I don&#39;t want to sound too cynical, but I think politicians are, on the whole, eminently disqualified from really giving us good guidance on this question ... they&#39;re in the business of politics. That means winning elections. They&#39;re going to do what&#39;s in their best electoral interests on the question.</p><p>I hope that religious leaders are, for the most part, in a pursuit of the truth. So I&#39;ve decided I&#39;m going to shift to where my people are most comfortable, and that&#39;s the law of the heart, and of the mind, and of the conscious. And after that, I think we can probably get to some consensus on policy and legislation.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/10/10/447250761/an-evangelical-leaders-changing-views-on-gun-ownership?ft=nprml&amp;f=447250761" target="_blank"><em> via NPR</em></a></p></p> Tue, 13 Oct 2015 16:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/evangelical-leaders-changing-views-gun-ownership-113323 Fare enough? CTA hearing tonight http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/fare-enough-cta-hearing-tonight-106010 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/ct-met-getting-around-0311-20130311,0,6080901.column" target="_blank"><img alt="CTA fare machines (Vxla, on Flickr)" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CTA%20fares.jpg" style="height: 206px; width: 256px; float: right;" title="CTA fare machines (Vxla, on Flickr)" /></a><b>CTA PRICE CHANGES.</b>&nbsp;A public hearing tonight gives you a chance to say your piece about higher fees that could accompany new fare card options for CTA and Pace riders. For one thing, the <i>Tribune</i>&#39;s Jon Hilkevitch reports, those Ventra cards that for months have been &quot;coming soon&quot; come with <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/ct-met-getting-around-0311-20130311,0,6080901.column" target="_blank">a &quot;dormancy fee&quot; that&#39;ll drain away your money if you don&#39;t use &#39;em enough</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18723847-761/wells-street-bridge-ready-for-cta-l-riders-monday-morning.html" target="_blank">Purple and Brown Line service returning to normal</a> after bridge work.<br />* Customer accused of <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-prosecutors-woman-attacked-cta-driver-trying-to-take-bathroom-break-20130310,0,5935147.story" target="_blank">attacking CTA driver taking bathroom break</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b>LONG ARM, BIG DATA.</b> Increasingly cheap technology and easy access to social-network profiles stands to make <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/mar/09/facebook-arrested-evgeny-morozov-extract" target="_blank">police work easier and more productive</a>. But that makes civil libertarians nervous.<br />* U. of C. law prof: &quot;If we really care about rights, <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/view_from_chicago/2013/03/dna_at_the_supreme_court_the_case_for_a_universal_database.html" target="_blank">we should mandate DNA testing ... of everyone</a>.&quot;<br />* ACLU: Drones make possible <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-criminal-law-reform/we-already-have-police-helicopters-so-whats-big-deal" target="_blank">new forms of privacy-invasion</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/How-Twitter-Knows-So-Much-About-You-Before-You-ve-4342501.php" target="_blank">Twitter knows bushels about you</a> before you even sign up.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b>DISARMING NEWS.</b>&nbsp;The percentage of U.S. homes with guns is down over the last 40 years -- in all regions of the country -- according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/us/rate-of-gun-ownership-is-down-survey-shows.html?hp&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">a new national survey</a>.<br />* NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he aims to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57573442/bloomberg-pushes-background-checks/" target="_blank">&quot;level the playing field&quot; against the National Rifle Association</a>.<br />* Neil Steinberg on gun-rights advocates&#39; opposition to drones: &quot;On the one hand: The government cannot be trusted to identify a person as being so much of a threat he should be killed. 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