Every Sunday morning The Old Fool tells the family dog that this is Sunday, a day decreed by God to be a day of rest for man and beast. She immediately goes to her cage expecting a treat and hopes peacefully for her family to return.
The Old Fool went first to the Waterford Mennonite Church. When he entered the congregation was singing “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.” The OF thought of Diana’s mother because that was a favorite song of hers. This Sunday was special because it was Diana’s 13th birthday.
Waterford was the OF’s choice of church because Kasandra, a great granddaughter, was playing the trumpet for the first time during the offertory.
After the offertory, the OF went to the College Mennonite Church to meet with the Borderlands group during the Christian education hour. The meeting began with the reading of an essay that argued that this was prime time for the American people to demand strict gun control.
This quickly revealed that group members had different experiences with guns. We were not gun owners now, but a Canadian among us had never pulled a gun trigger. Another member grew up in a Lancaster Mennonite community and had been raised to be an enthusiastic hunter.
The OF revealed that as a young boy of ten he had begun to patrol his father’s farm with a 22 rifle and aimed to kill sparrows, starling, snakes, rats, ground hogs and other of God’s creatures considered vermon. He said that his mother trusted him with only three bullets at a time.
The group agreed that some form of gun control would be good for society. But there was a consensus that politicians would not be able to do any thing meaningful to control guns and that it was unlikely that the church or the Amercian people could do much about it.
The Old Fool returned home to Diana’s birthday party. But he is still pondering. What makes our Borderland study group different from the National Rifle Association? Could it be that we have each voluntarily chosen not to exercise the right guaranteed to us by the second amendment to the constitution? Is there not hope in that many citizens do voluntarily choose to exercise the right not to carry a gun?