A Different World

Some Bikefest problems reflect our gun culture. Where do Myrtle Beach churches stand on this issue?

In my next column, I’ll be taking a look at one of the under-discussed aspects of this year’s Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest: the state and region’s fetish with extreme gun rights, which has led to a proliferation of guns that is now difficult to get a handle on.

Local leaders have discussed just about everything, putting out rushed press releases and ordering up funding for everything from extra law enforcement to studying obscure social media sites in preparation for next year’s event. But it was gun violence – more than anything else – that put Bikefest front and center again after years of mostly being ignored. Why are our leaders not talking about that?

What about area churches? Why aren’t they more active in the fight against gun violence? I’ve attended First Church here in Cambridge, Mass., a few times and they are serious about dealing with the issue. Near the church’s entrance, there is a daily tally kept of the number of people killed or hurt in gun-related activity so their members, and residents, won’t ever forget about the problem.

If the big fuss over this year’s Bikefest leads to that type of movement here, something positive would have resulted after all. If not, it becomes just the latest example of people caring only when they feel either directly affected or threatened, and that would be a shame.