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The Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego gathers to dismantle the AR-15

The Christ Church Episcopal Parish in Lake Oswego gathers to dismantle the AR-15

Back in AUG we reported on the girl’s softball team in the Willamette OR area that was raffling off a donated AR – 15 rifle. The purpose of the raffle was to raise funds to pay for their trip to a softball competition, the West Regional Tournament, which was held in Lancaster CA. The episode was an opportunity for the gun-control lobby to state what a crazy idea it was for teenage girls to raise money in this way and for the pro-gun faction to shout about their 1st Amendment rights.

Someone who decided to do something about getting another gun off the street was the Revd Jeremy Lucas, rector of Christ Church in Lake Oswego. Jeremy used $3000 in discretionary funds and other donations to buy 150 of the raffle tickets. He won the raffle and the AR – 15 which he intended to have formed into an art object. However, the rector got into some hot water with the Law for a short while when he transferred the rifle to a parishioner to lock in his gun cabinet for safe keeping. In doing so he may have violated an Oregon gun law passed in 2015. The County Prosecutor chose not to file charges against Father Jeremy because there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that he committed a crime.

Sword into a plowshareFather Jeremy’s plans for the rifle changed over the last few months and he was in the parish parking lot yesterday, under a few tents to have his “sword beaten into a plowshare.” Gathered with the rector and his flock was Mike Martin from RAWtools, a Colorado Springs-based Christian organization. It was Mike’s task to dismantle the rifle and transform it into three garden implements. Mike & Jeremy sawed the rifle into a few pieces that then became the gardening tools under Mike’s hand. Mike’s organization has disabled many guns & rifles in the course of their ministry.

Father Jeremy is taking one of the tools with him next week as he travels to Washington DC for the 14 DEC interfaith National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence which is being held on the 4th anniversary of the Sand Hook Elementary School shootings. An AR – 15 was one of the weapons in the possession of the young man who slaughtered 27 children & adults, including his mother, before killing himself.

In conjunction with the national campaign, the Christ Church parish is holding a Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath at 10 am on 18 DEC. Everyone is welcome to attend the service.
Christ Church Episcopal Parish
1060 Chandler Rd
Lake Oswego OR

The facts and photos were gathered from the story on the Lake Oswego Review.


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JC Fisher

With happy memories from worshipping w/ them 30 years ago, blessings to Christ Church, Lake Oswego, for manifesting Christ-like mission!

Fr. Will McQueen

What a shame. I would have gladly bought it from him.

Jay Croft

And what would you have done with it, Fr. McQueen?

William McQueen

Yep, sure would shoot things like targets at a gun range. And then I’d also teach my 13 year old son gun safety.

Gregory Orloff

Nothing in this news item that suggests this group is against “just gun violence,” but copacetic with any other form of violence.

However, even the skimpiest perusal of newspapers and news broadcasts makes it patently obvious that incidences of gun violence are exponentially higher in the United States than incidences of car-and-chef’s-knife violence thrown up as a red herring, and so that widespread of a problem is in need of attention.

Sheesh, indeed.

Marianne Wilburn

Why is this group against just gun violence? Shouldn’t the group be against ALL violence? The madman at Ohio State used a car as a weapon to attempt murder followed by using a chef’s knife. Gangs in Northern Virginia use machetes as instruments of terror. Is it OK in some way to beat someone with your fists? Sheesh.

Jay Croft

If the focus of a group is too broad, it loses support. That’s why you see groups advocating for specific causes such as Usher’s Syndrome, immigration reform, AIDS, and suchlike.

Jay Croft

I can think of better ways to spend $3,000. especially if a good portion of that is from a church discretionary fund.

Gregory Orloff

And I can think of better ways for a girls’ softball team to raise funds than auctioning off a lethal weapon. Why not hold good old-fashioned car washes, or raffle off a $3,000 vacation package solicited from a donating travel agency? Or is that just too “wimpy” and “not in-one’s-face”?

Jay Croft

Methinks it wasn’t the girls’ idea to auction off a lethal weapon, but the adults involved in this team.

I wonder if any parents had the courage to pull their daughters off this team in protest.

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