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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:47 PM

Group uses Bible to justify destroying assault rifles to make garden tools

A Colorado group promoting social justice and sustainability is using the Bible as justification for recycling assault rifles to create garden tools.
The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission on Monday announced that it was partnering with Mike Martin of RAWtools — which is “war” spelled backwards — to launch the “Guns-to-Garden Tools” project.

The group said that the idea was based on Isaiah 2:4 from the Bible: “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
Colorado Springs lawyer Mike Warren, who purchased an AK-47 assault rifle after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, donated his weapon to kick off the project.

“I always had it in the back of my mind, there might be something I needed it for,” Warren said on Monday. “Sounds stupid now.”Warren brought his gun to a bike shop in Colorado Springs on Monday to have it destroyed. In video captured by KRDO, sparks fly as a buzz saw cuts through the rifle’s barrel. The gun’s high-capacity magazine was also pounded flat with a hammer.
The fisherman and hunter explained that he bought the rifle out of fear and it had been “guarding my fishing hole for terrorists.”

But the mass killing of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Connecticut was the “last straw,” he said.
“I offer this up for my own penance,” Warren remarked. “It’s worth some money but I couldn’t very well turn it back over into the system. I would then become an arms trader myself.”
“This thing will turn a human being into rags,” he added. “The fact of the matter is, upon reflection, I concluded that it would be stupid for me to keep the thing. And now it’s gone.”
Artist Mike Martin told The Gazette that the remains of Warren’s firearm would be “heated, reshaped and turned into a garden trowel, a cultivator and a weed puller.” The tools will then be donated to Ranch Community Garden, a non-profit project that provides plots to local residents who do not have garden space.
Anyone wishing to donate weapons to the “Guns-to-Garden Tools” project can contact the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace commission.



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Reply Group uses Bible to justify destroying assault rifles to make garden tools (Original post)
octoberlib Feb 2013 OP
Frustratedlady Feb 2013 #1
FirstLight Feb 2013 #2
appal_jack Feb 2013 #16
rightsideout Feb 2013 #3
kentauros Feb 2013 #4
nykym Feb 2013 #5
annabanana Feb 2013 #6
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2013 #7
snooper2 Feb 2013 #8
AlbertCat Feb 2013 #9
ReRe Feb 2013 #10
FailureToCommunicate Feb 2013 #11
MAD Dave Feb 2013 #12
xchrom Feb 2013 #13
eggplant Feb 2013 #14
arthritisR_US Feb 2013 #15

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:53 PM

1. Now how will the evangelicals argue against that idea?

Way to go!

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:54 PM

2. say what you will about the religious aspect of this

...it's a great idea IMO

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Response to FirstLight (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:54 PM

16. I'll take this w/ as much faith as I do the rest of the bible.

Those who beat their swords into plowshares might very well be condemned to surrender their grain to those who kept their swords (or, in this case, rifles). The meek's inheritance has been mightily delayed...

I prefer to own both garden implements and firearms, and enjoy the responsible posession, use, care, and artful design of them both.

-app

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:54 PM

3. Great idea! I can use my bazooka as a post hole digger.

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Response to rightsideout (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:01 PM

4. That's either for making some deep holes

or for getting through the "gumbo-clay" we've got around here

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:29 PM

5. Saw this a while back

they can also be turned (or tuned) into Guitars.

http://www.un.org/disarmament/education/Movies/ak47_guitar/

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:35 PM

6. Well, if THAT'S not worth a "Hallalujah"'

I don't know what is.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:15 PM

7. Beats turning them into park benches....

That invokes images of angry old men throwing bird seed at pigeons.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:17 PM

8. That's all good as long as they don't use those tools to work on a Sunday

We know what the bible says about working on Sunday right, if we are going to actually follow it's teachings

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:37 PM

9. Group uses Bible to justify destroying assault rifles to make garden tools

Why?


Such an action needs justification?


Good work anyway....

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:55 PM

10. Ain't gonna...

K&R

...study war no more, ain't gonna study war no more.... sing it. (Well, assault guns ARE war weapons, after all!) I have heard of this nowhere but in Isaiah. Thank you for posting this article, octoberlib.
I hope this idea catches on and spreads across the nation, not to mention the world.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:13 PM

11. "Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."


Amen

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:40 PM

12. Funny but....

.....most Abrahamic religions have this concept in their scriptures someway or the other.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:42 PM

13. Du rec. Nt

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:43 PM

14. As good a reason as any.

I'm all for it.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:49 PM

15. Faith into action, very cool. My hat is off to them.

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