Trent Lot, the former senate majority leader from Mississippi, recorded a video endorsement to arm toddlers. He said, "I support the Kinder Guardian program. We… would be wise to implement it… putting guns in the hands of… talented children or highly trained preschoolers." The best way to stop a bad guy "is a good kid with a gun."1
Despite the absurdity of a federal program passing out Glocks before circle time, what's even more ludicrous is Senator Lot's faith: he's a lifelong Baptist. And he's not alone. The largest demographic in the United States packing heat is white evangelical men.2 The same Christian Nationalists who make headlines by shouting the loudest.
This co-opted gospel claims that James Madison, author of the 2nd Amendment, is Lord and Savior, that the Constitution is God's infallible word, and that "Violence, not Christianity, is the real religion of America."3 While one of the bestselling gun cases is a Bible in disguise, Scripture retorts with a counter-narrative.