Meet the ‘Catholic NRA’

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(RNS) As the Senate prepares to take up gun control measures, Catholic bishops have urged new legislation in email blasts and Senate Judiciary Committee testimony. But among the Catholic faithful, there are many that oppose all gun control measures. Call them the NRA Catholics. By Aaron Schrank.

  • Nate Bostian

    RNS has used that photo of a pistol on the cross for another article a year ago or so. That photo causes a visceral reaction for me. Almost sick to my stomach to see the cross (a symbol of the murder of an innocent man) used as a pedestal to support weapons used for murder. But I guess that visceral visual metaphor is the point. It brings the point home!

  • Donald Kosloff

    Yes, a false point can be presented in a visual way to fool the ignorant into accepting an irrational emotional political position. The current “gun control” legislation is dangerous.

  • Nate Bostian

    Αὐτὸς δὲ ὁ θεὸς τῆς εἰρήνης ἁγιάσαι ὑμᾶς ὁλοτελεῖς, καὶ ὁλόκληρον ὑμῶν τὸ πνεῦμα καὶ ἡ ψυχὴ καὶ τὸ σῶμα ἀμέμπτως ἐν τῇ παρουσίᾳ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ τηρηθείη. (1Th 5.23)

  • Anthrogirl

    The image of Christ teaching a young child how to aim a gun is another such image. It highlights an important point. Would Jesus shoot at a bad person, a sinner, possibly a dangerous criminal, if that sinner entered his house? Could you see Jesus with a gun under any circumstance? If yes, if Jesus could use in insturment, a knife, a gun, an abortion tool, to kill someone, then there you go. Jesus would kill a fetus to defend a mother’s life that’s jeopordized by her pregenancy. He would kill a potentially dangeours intruder entering his house to steal valuables and he would kill someone in war because another person told him that the humans on the other side of the line were evil.
    I however am unable to see Jesus harming anyone with weapons. I see him as a peace maker, a healer, a purveyor of love, kindness and compassion. He is my teacher and my role model. Using weapons for defense or war goes against the commandments and the words spoken by Jesus himself. All other words. all other religious tenets, laws and rules are human made and prone to bias, sin and change. We need to focus on Jesus’ message as we approach each and every social issue.

  • Anthrogirl

    Where in the bible does it talk about Jesus walking around and using a sword to take out his opposition? That’s a man made concept. Just as we can imagine Jesus standing over a group of dead kids, a gun in his hands and a wicked grin on his face, we can also put a sword in his hand, leading the charge of soldiers as they rush toward their goal of murdering other humans.

  • edward

    Amen!!! Well stated!

  • edward

    “Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.” A righteous person would not carry a gun salvation is from the Lord.

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