Turning Guns into Plowshares – Literally


SPARKS flew at the Sunday celebration remembering Martin Luther King’s legacy of non-violence at a Church in New York City.

A blacksmith, named Mike Martin, literally turned a gun into a farming tool.

Inspired by the prophetic promise to “beat swords into plowshares,” Martin transformed a Remington rifle into a two-sided gardening tool called a mattock.

Deeply disturbed by the shootings in Newtown and Aurora, Martin learned blacksmithing so he could transform symbols of violence into symbols that give life.

The night before he died Dr. King said, “It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.”

A Remington Rifle with enough power to down a rhinoceros killed Dr. King. Guns killed Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln.

One child dies or is injured from a gun every 30 minutes in the US. More children die from guns every three days than died in the Newtown massacre. The number of children under five killed by guns in 2010 was higher than the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty that same year.


6 thoughts on “Turning Guns into Plowshares – Literally

  1. Reblogged this on Essential Thinking and commented:
    Read this on a blog… more of the challenging stuff. Ok, in the UK it might be easy to say we don’t have this problem, but I have experienced enough instances of threatened violence using things other than guns for me to know that we still have essentially the same problem and the same decision to make. Do we choose to be nonviolent?


    • If you look at numbers of assaults etc you could make an argument that the UK is more violent than the USA.

      If you look at murder rates however then the US wins hands down.


      • hmm… interesting. Does that suggest that in a society where assault is more common there is a cycle of increasing but non-lethal assault, while in a society where murder is more common that is the statistic that increases?
        Or is it to do with weapon availability- if a gun is easily accessibly then its more likely to be used, and is more likely to cause death than, say, a frying pan or kitchen knife?

        I wonder how domestic assault/murder compared with assault/murder on the streets looks? I think its fair to say there is a knife crime culture in the UK, but how is that going to pan out? Will it become gun crime in time, or are the societies just different?


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