A former Presbyterian pastor in Nashville refused to defend stricter gun laws after a reporter questioned whether prayer was enough in the aftermath. Heavy gunfire killing three children and three adults at a Christian school on Monday.
CBS asked Rev. Jim Bachmann if he agreed with the calls for more “work” rather than “thoughts and prayers.”
“I’ve heard a lot of people say lately, People who are full of faithI don’t want your thoughts and prayers, I don’t want to hear about your thoughts and prayers, I want action. As a man of faith, Mike Hale’s funeral will take place next week. You will preside over it. Reporter David Bignaud asked “What do you say to those who say that?”
Bachmann, who was a friend of slain guard Mike Hale, began by saying he hadn’t penned his eulogy yet when the reporter pressed gun control again.
But regarding “we don’t need your thoughts and prayers, we need work,” what do you say to that? Asked. Bignaud explained that he was referring specifically to the passage of more gun laws.
“It’s a little more than my salary,” replied the priest.
Instead, Bachmann said, cultural and spiritual change is necessary in our society.
He replied, “I think what I’m saying is we need to love each other, we need to learn to acceptably disagree, and we need to learn to forgive.” He went on to advocate peaceful disputes rather than violence.
“You know, people of different ideologies, different religion, different backgrounds, it’s okay to be different. But it’s not okay to shoot each other, especially shooting children and innocent victims,” Bachmann said.
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“And so the message of the gospel is that we ‘love our neighbor as ourselves.’ And try to bear each other’s burdens and work through them, whatever the problems are — we all have problems. You know, we all need help sometimes in our lives,” Bachman said, adding that helping People in their troubles were part of his role as pastor.
The reporter’s question reflected the calls of many in the liberal media Tighter gun control in the aftermath of the massacre.
Some journalists, columnists, and media commentators have ridiculed those praying for Christian school victims, with one even mocking Christians for “not praying enough” to prevent tragedy.