"Beating Guns" national tour event in Rochester

Religion and Spirituality

April 1, 2019

Shane Claiborne and Mike Martin Offer Ways to Heal the Gun Violence Epidemic

Shane Claiborne and Mike Martin will conclude their coast to coast, 38 city tour to advocate for creative ways to deal with our gun violence crisis at Greece Baptist Church on Thursday, April 18th at 6:00pm. Inspired by the biblical prophets’ call to “beat swords into plowshares,” the 90-minute event that will feature music, art, and stories of people impacted by gun violence, culminating with an invitation for the audience to take the hammer and transform a gun into garden tools.

America, a country in which mass shootings have become almost commonplace, is better at protecting guns than protecting people, say Shane Claiborne and Mike Martin in their new book Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence (2019, Brazos Press). Holding the shameful record for most gun deaths at about 38,000 per year, it’s clear that this country is in the midst of an epidemic.

Bestselling author and activist Claiborne, and Martin, a Mennonite pastor turned blacksmith, offer a Christian response to the crisis, transcending the rhetoric of “thoughts and prayers” with concrete ways to address the problem. “We have the audacity to believe that it is not the will of God for approximately 105 people to die from guns each day in the U.S.,” they say. Claiborne and Martin have also launched the Disarming Network to help people connect with safe spaces to disable guns according to Federal ATF guidelines.

For more information on the tour, and to register to participate (at no cost), visit the tour’s website: https://www.beatingguns.com/

Contact for more info 585-225-6160, or email greecebaptist@gmail.com