Gun control is a religious issue because a lot of what we think about guns and our freedoms — and weapons of any kind — is often informed by religious beliefs.
A lot of the religious beliefs that are part of how the constitution was written led to the right to bear arms. It was a transformative time. Much of the American rebellion was seen as deciding that the divine right of kings was no longer in force, and a new democracy was born that was founded, in small part, on the love of reason and pursuit of freedom and happiness.
What freedom and happiness mean is individual to one’s life.
Back then, it was a measure of protection and self defense in case something went awry. Our past was also quite violent, as much as it is idolized by some.
One wonders if there has been a survey done on who owns what kind of guns today and what religion, if any, the person sees themselves as. This could open some interesting speculation as to correlations. We may find some surprises, too.
Gun control is not just a separate secular issue. Guns, have to do with taking life. Every religion has a way of looking at what is sacred and how life should be lived and how one dies and where the soul goes afterwards.
The question is then, what kind of freedom do we have when there is the blood of so many innocent lives on our hands in the name of freedom?
It becomes akin to the question asking: How can God, or any religion, be just with all the lives of the innocent spilled because of guns?
So yes, because life is sacred a gun control is a religious issue.
Kelly Rae Mathews grew up in culturally and faith diverse San Diego, Calif. during the 70s and 80s before moving to Spokane in 2004. Growing up in a such a diverse environment with amazing people, led Mathews to be very empathetic and open to the insights of many different faiths, she said. She loves science fiction and this also significantly contributed to and influenced her own journey and understanding of faith and values. She agrees with and takes seriously the Vulcan motto, when it comes to faith and life, "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations." Therefore, it is no surprise she has a degree in anthropology as well as English. She has studied the anthropology of religion and is knowledgeable about many faiths.
She completed an anthropological research project on poets of the Inland Northwest, interviewing over two dozen poets, their audiences, friends, family members, and local business community who supported the poetry performances. Mathews gave a presentation on How Poets Build Community: Reclaiming Intimacy from the Modern World at the Northwest Anthropological Conference, at the Eastern Washington University Creative Symposium, the Eastern Washington University Women's Center and the Literary Lunch Symposium put on by Reference Librarian and Poet Jonathan Potter at the Riverfront Campus.
She was a volunteer minister in San Diego for about 10 years while attending college and working in various editorial positions.
Her articles, poems and short stories have appeared in Fickle Muse, The Kolob Canyon Review, Falling Star Magazine, Acorn, The Coyote Express, The Outpost and Southern Utah University News.
I can't claim to know whether every Memorial Day or Veterans Day observance excludes non-believers from the official observance when religious invocations are done, but it is fair to say we aren't taken note of generally.