Sylvia Allen: Church Mandatory Law Lessens Gun Violence, Prompts 'Moral Rebirth'

Bradley Ryder

When Arizona state Senator Sylvia Allen mentioned a mandatory church law in the country as a way to lessen gun violence, she ignited a firestorm of comments and piling-on, even from members of her own Republican Party. In her opinion, if Congress passed nationwide legislation to require weekly church attendance, Americans can realize a "moral rebirth" and stamp out corrupt souls, citing a New York Daily News report.

If it was up to Senator Allen, everyone in the country would report to church on Sunday morning. Tuesday, when the state's appropriations committee met to discuss a broad measure to widen existing gun laws in the state (HB 2320-firearms; permit holders; public places), Sylvia Allen took a sharp turn and segued to church and state issues.

"... It is the soul that is corrupt and how we get back to a moral rebirth in this country, I don't know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have... we should probably be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth."

— Steve Farley (@SteveFarleyAZ) March 26, 2015

— Steve Farley (@SteveFarleyAZ) March 26, 2015

Many say she is attempting to remind Americans that going to church on Sunday morning was part of the values of many conservatives decades ago. Allen suggested that when people worshiped in church, it displaced anger and hate -- two common precursors to deaths by guns.

"People prayed, people went to church. I remember on Sundays the stores were closed."

Do you think Sylvia Allen really believes a mandatory church law will curtail violent crime in America?

[Photo: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons]