*Lucy McBath, the mother of slain teen Jordan Davis, appears in an upcoming PBS documentary about the embrace of guns by evangelical Christians, and whether the practice itself is, in fact, Christian.
“Independent Lens: The Armor of Light,” premiering May 10, follows evangelical minister Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck and McBath, whose unarmed 17-year-old son was fatally shot in 2012 by 45-year-old Michael Dunn over loud music.
In the film, the two people of faith link together from opposite sides of the gun issue in an attempt to find common ground. Rev. Schenck, an outspoken anti-abortion advocate, risks losing followers when he dares to question the morality of gun ownership, and whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life.
McBath, a gun violence prevention activist whose story has brought attention to “stand your ground” laws, regularly comes face to face with ardent gun rights activists.
“What I first try to do is disarm them, so to speak, with the language,” McBath told EURweb at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour early Monday in Pasadena, Calif.
She says the minute she approaches pro-gun individuals, they believe her intention is to take away their firearms. “No, this is not about controlling your rights,” McBath says she tells them.
She informs them that she, too, is a proponent of the second amendment: “Yes you have a right to bear arms. Yes you have a right to protect your family. Yes, you have a right to protect your territory. But what I say to them is let’s change the verbiage. This is gun violence prevention.’”
Below, McBath gives us an example of how she tries to “disarm” pro-gun evangelicals:
“Independent Lens: The Armor of Light” premieres at 9 p.m. on May 10. Watch the trailer below: