Florida shooting: US church to bless worshippers’ assault rifles:
A church in Pennsylvania, United States has encouraged couples to bring their assault rifles to be blessed with them at a commitment ceremony.
Worshippers at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland are being asked to turn up with an AR-15 semi-automatic gun or equivalents such as an AK semi-automatic gun, representing both the intent and the ability to defend one’s family, community…”
An AR-15 was the weapon used by Nikolas Cruz when he opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, killing 17 people on Valentine’s Day. Tim Elder, the church’s director of world missions, said it believes the AR-15 symbolizes the “rod of iron” cited in the Bible’s apocalyptic book of Revelation.
“Now more than ever, good people need to stand up and claim for themselves the tools that can be used to stop that kind of evil,” he explained. He said the blessing was planned months before the mass shooting, and the church wasn’t planning to reschedule or cancel this event.
Mr. Elder said all firearms brought along by the congregation would be unloaded, secured with zip ties and assessed at the door. People who don’t own an assault rifle are advised to “purchase a $700 gift certificate from a gun store, as evidence of their intent to purchase a ‘rod of iron’ in the future”.