12 January 2013

Gun Control

 Sub Tuum.
Those who advocate gun rights are not necessarily saying and should not say that weapons are more important than children. Many gun owners have guns as a means to PROTECT their children. I know people whose lives have been saved because they had a legal concealed gun. Yes, some criminals have killed children at schools, and that is tragic. Do not think, though, that children cannot be killed at schools by mean other than guns. The doctor's knife kills millions of children each year in abortions. Many children also die by other means. Just as illegal drugs are still a billion dollar business despite being illegal, outlawing guns will not eliminate the problem.

Consider also the number of tyrants who have disarmed their populations as a precursor to totalitarian domination. Hitler said this was an essential means. Contrast that to Thomas Jefferson, who said that the only sure guard against tyranny is a well-armed population. Don't think what happened in Germany or Russia can't happen here. I'm sure they didn't think it could happen, either.

The real root of our problem is a fundamental lack of respect for human life. Yes, I say secularization is to blame for that. When we want to eliminate the means of many decent citizens to protect their children in the name of protecting children, while simultaneously proclaiming the murder of unborn children is somehow a right of the mother, it is the sign of a highly skewed value system.

A gun, like anything else, may be used for good or evil. That depends on the purpose and intent of the individual person. But did Cain have a gun? No. St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was killed by stones. Shall we ban rocks? But it was not the rock that resulted in the death of Stephen, but the evil in the hearts of his murders. If they did not have rocks, they would have found something else.

Not until we turn away from hate and towards love and respect of life will the problems we are facing begin to see a solution. It has nothing to do with guns. It has to do with a society that is sorely in need of conversion to the very God it has largely abandoned.
+ Rutherford Cardinal Johnson