Shane Claiborne on true Christian activism to end gun violence and the death penalty

Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author.   Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia.   He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living " as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence. Shane&rsquo's books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns. He has been featured in a number of films including " Another World Is Possible" and " Ordinary Radicals." His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He&rsquo's given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame. 

 

Lyrics to the song that was inspired by the interview:

BEATING GUNS

Song about gun control. 105 people die every day in America from guns and there are mass shootings every week. Check out the website https://www.beatingguns.com/ These guys beat guns into garden tools. Make them hot in a furnace and then hammer them down. 

I think we should keep this a percussion only track. So like this, but better.  

CHORUS 
Beat swords into ploughs 
Sow seeds of peace 
Grow a world of hope 
And be released 

Bang bang goodbye 
This gun's reborn 
Transformed in the fire 
No more we mourn 
Oh oh oh 

VERSE 
I love my country, I love freedom 
I'll stand up for my rights I know that I need them 
But the constitution never   had guns or swords 
Don't need no amendments to the words of the Lord 

CHORUS 
Beat guns into hammers 
Melt bullets into nails 
Build heaven on earth 
Cos like this we fail 

Fill your head with bravery 
Make your heart sincere 
Don't need to hold a gun 
Once you let go of fear 
Oh oh oh 

VERSE 
I beat by guns into garden tools 
Gonna grow food for the hungry 
If someone breaks into my house to steal 
Gonna sit 'em down - cook 'em a meal 

CHORUS 
Hammer out hatred 
Smelt down mistrust 
Forge a new future 
That's fair and just 

Lock and load with love 
Set your sights on harmony 
Take a shot at solidarity  
Pull the trigger on peace 

VERSE 
My little boy went to school one day 
He never came home 
Don't pray for him 
Don't pray for me 
Pray for gun control 
No more guns, please 

CHORUS (minor) 
Hammer out hatred 
Smelt down mistrust 
Forge a new future 
That's fair and just 

Lock and load with love 
Set your sights on harmony 
Take a shot at solidarity 
Pull the trigger on peace