Turning Guns into Plowshares – Literally

Read this on a blog… more of the challenging stuff. Ok, in the UK it might be easy to say we don’t have this problem, but I have experienced enough instances of threatened violence using things other than guns for me to know that we still have essentially the same problem and the same decision to make. Do we choose to be nonviolent?

Bryan Patterson's Faithworks


SPARKS flew at the Sunday celebration remembering Martin Luther King’s legacy of non-violence at a Church in New York City.

A blacksmith, named Mike Martin, literally turned a gun into a farming tool.

Inspired by the prophetic promise to “beat swords into plowshares,” Martin transformed a Remington rifle into a two-sided gardening tool called a mattock.

Deeply disturbed by the shootings in Newtown and Aurora, Martin learned blacksmithing so he could transform symbols of violence into symbols that give life.

The night before he died Dr. King said, “It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.”

A Remington Rifle with enough power to down a rhinoceros killed Dr. King. Guns killed Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln.

One child dies or is injured from a gun every 30 minutes in…

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