Retired major league first baseman Adam LaRoche proudly showcased his belief Sunday that Jesus would fully support the Second Amendment: During a short talk at the National Rifle Association’s prayer breakfast, LaRoche took off his sweater to reveal a t-shirt reading, “Jesus loves me and my guns”.
“Don’t get me wrong: Jesus is all about love, grace, mercy,” said LaRoche, 38, an evangelical best known for walking away from a reported $13 million contact with the Chicago White Sox in 2016 after the team asked him to bring his son into the clubhouse less often.
But that doesn’t mean Jesus “was a pacifist and always carried a white lamb around and tiptoed through life avoiding controversy,” he added. He pointed to Scriptures such as Matthew 10:34, where Jesus said, “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
The prayer event, held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas, capped a weekend of NRA festivities but received less media attention than the convention that came before it.
Attendees were celebrating both their faith and the right to bear arms, and according to 68-year-old Donna Hyde – who is, per The Post, the matriarch of three generations of lifetime NRA members– they represent the “nucleus of the NRA”.
“It’s about God, country and the protection of our freedoms,” said Hyde, of Mabank, Tex., about 55 miles southeast of Dallas. “We don’t think we can be good Americans without this core value of Christian faith in Christ that gives us our freedoms of everything, and that’s what the NRA is.”