Saturday, December 29, 2012

Amazing Grace

A recent story about a Florida pawn shop owner stopping gun sales in his shop reminded me a bit of the biography of John Newton, the man who wrote the hymn Amazing Grace. A former slave-trader, Newton had an epiphany which resulted in his disavowal of the institution of slavery, from which he had profited (oddly enough, he seems to have been enslaved by a "bigger" player in the slave trade for a while).

At any rate, the "redemption" story is somewhat similar- a man involved in an unsavory trade has a "Road to Damascus" moment, and forgoes profits for a clear conscience. Unfortunately, he's "small potatoes" in the arms dealing world, he only stands to lose thousands of dollars in revenue. Tragically, the million-dollar players in the arms trade will continue to push their agenda and their weapons... and the body count continues to pile up.


Substance McGravitas said...

Many people are content to be awful.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Would you say they are awfully content, S_McG?

Rev. paleotectonics said...

The gun trade-in in Los Angeles netted 2 rocket launchers (apparently non-functioning).
Particularly vicious deer, I guess.