National Rifle Association calls MCC ‘frightening’

National Rifle Association calls MCC ‘frightening’

Everett J. Thomas

On Feb. 1, Mother Jones magazine reported that the National Rifle Association (NRA) put Mennonite Central Committee on a list entitled “The 12 Most Frightening People.”

On Feb. 5, MCC spokesperson Cheryl Zehr Walker said she was not exactly sure why MCC made the list but, “it’s doing so is consistent with our gun violence prevention efforts.”

Mother Jones said the NRA published a list in September 2012 that included several hundred non-profits, celebrities, companies, and news organizations that “have lent monetary, grassroots or some other type of direct support to anti-gun organizations.”

The eclectic list also included the Southern Poverty Law Center and singer Barry Manilow.

“Gun violence is epidemic in the United States,” says MCC website, “with approximately 30,000 gun deaths each year. These statistics include homicides, suicides, accidental death, and ‘legal interventions’ (self-defense or police actions). Of these, suicides are the most common cause of gun death, with legal interventions making up just 1 percent of the total. Our shared humanity compels us to care about God’s children dying from gun violence on the streets of Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Los Angeles and elsewhere. Churches have begun to say, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. We can do something.'”