What follows is a harrowing nightmare that could come true:
On April 17, the gun lobby and its cowardly minions in the U.S. Senate successfully stuffed legislation to broaden background checks. But this was only the beginning. With this ominous victory, the lobby wasted little time advancing the next step in its agenda: Namely, demanding a signed pledge of allegiance to the NRA from all members of Congress. Those who refused were threatened with political disaster.
Disgraceful though it was, 55 percent of Senate and 78 percent of the House immediately complied. A large percentage of remaining members acquiesced within six months.
In the months following, the lobby demanded that all public school teachers be armed on school property. Though it was more difficult to achieve than the congressional sellout, 66 percent of America’s public schools soon were occupied by gun-toting educators. The gun lobby promised severe consequences for teachers who failed to comply.
Next, the same organization issued a directive that all mortgage-paying U.S. households show gun loyalty by keeping at least one lethal weapon on premises. Enforcement was provided by financial institutions that easily caved to the NRA. Any mortgaged household failing to produce a weapon upon demand was faced with immediate foreclosure.
And, finally, the gun lobby was found to be shaping a policy whereby all U.S. houses of worship would be compelled to display the silhouette of a firearm prominently in their worship space. This intrusion would achieve the lobby’s ultimate goal: Replacing the worship of the life-giving God with the worship of a life-threatening idol – the Second Amendment assault weapon.
Preposterous? Perhaps. But, for this observer, this harrowing scenario appears to be a clear and present danger.
REV. THOMAS E. SAGENDORF Hamilton