Mass shootings in this country garner nonstop news coverage, demands that “something be done,” and then, usually, an eventual return to business as usual. However, the pre-Christmas massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, seems to have sparked more coverage, more national grief and more people saying “enough is enough.” But it’s far from a sure thing that the demands for change will overcome the entrenched and well-funded status quo. For a look at some of what guns mean to many Americans, and why the subject is so volatile for some of us, we’ll revisit a conversation Welton had in the summer of 2010 with Dr. Julie Ingersoll, after she co-wrote an article with Sarah Posner for Religion Dispatches Magazine entitled  “Gun Ownership: An Obligation to God.” Dr. Ingersoll is an associate professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Florida.

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