Film Review: The Armor of Light

The Armor of Light


Rattled by a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in 2013, the Reverend Rob Schenck begins to question whether it’s possible to be both anti-abortion and pro-gun. In her arresting documentary, The Armor of Light, filmmaker Abigail Disney (Walt’s grandniece) trails Schenck on a journey of self-reflection to shooting ranges, a National Rifle Association convention, and small-town church halls. At one gathering, Schenck is left speechless after Lucia McBath, whose son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed at a Florida gas station, proclaims, “We’ve replaced God with guns as our protector.” Moments like this form a moving portrait of a conservative preacher newly at odds with his compatriots.