The Free Press, Mankato, MN

March 26, 2013

Your View: Cornish's gun agenda dangerous, pointless

By John Enger, Mankato

— Recently, on our local TV station as well as some Twin Cities stations, we watched our state representative, Tony Cornish, channel Jesus to promote his gun agenda.

Cornish used a quote from Luke 22, Verse 36. He said to them, "But now one who has a money bag should take it, and likewise a sack, and one who does not have a sword should sell his cloak and buy one."

He then stated that if Jesus saw you perusing the assault rifles at your local gun shop, he would encourage your purchase to protect your family (paraphrase).

Please go to social media and watch this incredible act of arrogance by Cornish. Have a wastebasket handy if you feel a little ill.

The Jerome Biblical Commentary explains "this verse seems to be a definite reference to Jesus' instructions to the disciples in 10:4, Verse 36. Practically all commentators take the reference to purse, wallet and sword figuratively. The disciples must be ready for any and every circumstance. The disciples understand Jesus literally and fail to grasp the hidden depth of the meaning in Jesus' figurative language about opposition from others and service to them within the long period before the Parousia (end of time)."

"Figuratively" would be a good word for Cornish to look up and grasp before he starts dressing Jesus like Rambo. For me, this was the last straw in a series of really bad legislating by Cornish that goes back to his first election.

It is time for Cornish to exit the public stage, as his gun agenda is dangerous and pointless.

I believe in Jesus, I sure don't believe in the policies or personality of Cornish.