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Why was there no Plain Dealer coverage of God Before Guns protest? Letter to the Editor

Recently, the authors of “Beating Guns,” Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin, visited 37 cities calling attention to gun violence in our country by melting down guns, transforming them into garden tools. At each stop, gathering around a forge, gun violence survivors beat on guns, participating in their transformation.

God Before Guns and Pilgrim Church in Tremont sponsored Beating Guns locally on April 16. We contacted The Plain Dealer for what was of local interest. Of interest because your newspaper covers local gun deaths. Of interest because of the backlash for carrying front-page gun ads. Of course, the response to gun violence from hundreds of local citizens would be of interest.

Where was The Plain Dealer? Nothing was printed. The Los Angeles Times and The Atlanta Journal Constitution covered events in those cities. The Sound of Ideas, WCPN, gave us coverage. You missed a powerful event. Were you absent because there aren’t reporters to send after layoffs?

Was it because that night we melted down an AR-15? Before its destruction, it looked exactly like those advertised for sale in a two-page spread of advertising carried by your newspaper just two weeks before the event.

Rev. Kristine Eggert,

South Euclid

The Rev. Kristine Eggert is co-founder of God Before Guns.

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