Thinking Out Loud

February 24, 2012

Gun Marketing at Church

Filed under: current events — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:00 pm

I can’t get the Hannah Kelley story off my mind.

I know the header for this post is a bit provocative, but basically that’s what happened.  Hannah’s boyfriend was interested in buying a gun, and so a friend brought one to their Florida church on Sunday, February 12th.

That’s enough right there to confuse readers in Canada and the UK, but the friend had a license to carry a concealed weapon, and this is after all, a U.S. story.  After the service, they went into a closet to raise less concern, and the friend removed the magazine from the gun, but unfortunately there was a bullet in the chamber.  The gun fired, the bullet went through a wall entering Hannah’s brain.

After a week of clinging to life she passed away on Saturday. She was the pastor’s daughter. She was 20.

And then, this quotation in the New York Daily News:

“The family would encourage mothers and fathers everywhere to hug their children a little tighter as you never know when it will be your last opportunity.”

Yes, that for sure.

But this seems that it might have been preventable.

The right to bear arms. Protected by the second amendment to the U.S. constitution. Too bad they amended it. I’m sorry but that’s how I feel. This isn’t a case of someone outside the borders of the U.S. taking potshots at another country’s legal system. It’s just the overflow of emotion I feel with respect to this story.

And he brought the gun to church.

Church, the place where we gather as the Body of Christ to Worship God. A place, if ever there was one, where a person should feel safe.

Freedom of religion. Protected by the first amendment.

My heart truly aches for everyone involved in this story.



  1. I cannot hit the “Like” button. What a tragedy. I’m glad we are forbidden to own firearms in this country, but even if we were . . . ? I can’t even think of taking golf clubs to Church for a game after Church. A gun . . . ?

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — February 24, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

  2. What a sad story.. A prayer to comfort the hearts of all involved Darrell

    Comment by darrellcreswell — February 25, 2012 @ 8:01 am

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