Evangelical leaders favor stricter gun control
A survey circulating in Christian media suggests that a majority of evangelical leaders support stricter gun control laws, even while most live in gun-owning households.
According to the Evangelical Leaders Survey, a monthly poll of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals, approximately 58 percent of the religious leaders said they live in a household with a gun and 55 percent said they favor stricter gun control laws. Only five percent said they support looser gun regulations, Christian Today reported in a summary of the survey.
Many evangelical leaders commented that background checks should be expanded and tightened and assault weapon and handgun sales more restricted. Some respondents also said they thought current gun regulations needed to be more strictly enforced.
“Evangelical leaders have nuanced views on guns,”said Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals. “Many own guns for hunting or protection. Some own antiques with no bullets. They accept the Second Amendment [the right to bear arms], but also deeply grieve when weapons are used to take innocent lives.”
Carl Nelson, president of the Transform Minnesota church network, added his own commentary, saying: “While I support the Second Amendment, we clearly have a growing citizenry that is incapable of the responsibility necessary to keep and bear arms.”