These Catholics Are Wrong, Gun Control Is Not Pro-Life

Gun Control is not pro-life, and I am appalled that you would take that position. I know many Catholics that do not agree with this position and would be offended that you claim to speak for them. It drives a wedge between the church and its members. I am not Catholic, but the Catholic church is not alone in their position.

We must protect the lives of the most innocent among us even after they emerge from the womb. Children are still precious and valuable after they are born.  Their lives retain value as they grow into teenagers and then finally adults. The life of each one of God’s children is worth protecting with whatever force is necessary. Yes, including deadly force against another.

When Jesus rebuked Peter for lashing out at the soldier, He did not tell him to cast off his sword.  He told him to put it back in its place. Holster it, in other words. “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.” is not about the sword.  It is about a life of violence. Having the sword at the ready as an answer to violence is not the same thing. Those of us that make the decision to carry a gun are not ‘living by the sword.’ That would be counter to His instructions to sell your cloak and buy a sword just prior to this event. Jesus did not want Peter to use his sword in anger or vengeance. The Bible is very specific on justifiable violence. Protection of life one’s own life or the lives of their family is justified*. Up to and including deadly force. However, vengeance is Mine sayeth the Lord. Jesus was going willfully with the soldiers. Peter’s act was out of anger, not protection, hence the rebuke.

I carry a gun because life is precious. All life, not just that of the unborn.

*Killing for convenience is not. No one is ‘punished with a baby.’ The devaluing of life has far more to do with the prevalence of violence than the tools available. 

12 thoughts on “These Catholics Are Wrong, Gun Control Is Not Pro-Life

  1. National Catholic Reporter is serious lefty and always happy to defy Rome and our bishops. Best description for it I’ve heard is “heterodox tripe.”

    The Church has no position on gun control. But it does have a firm one on the value of every life from conception until natural death. And because MY life has equal worth in the eyes of God, I’m allowed to defend myself.

  2. Not only are they wrong morally, they are wrong theologically. I detail it at http://www.newbieshooter.com/2012/01/being-a-catholic-gunnie/. The Catechism specifically says that armed self defense is moral:

    2264 Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow:

    If a man in self-defense uses more than necessary violence, it will be unlawful: whereas if he repels force with moderation, his defense will be lawful. . . . Nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one’s own life than of another’s.

  3. Pope John Paul II’s 1994 document by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for
    Justice and Peace stated that, in a world marked by evil, “the right of
    legitimate self-defense by means of arms exists. This right can become a
    serious duty for those who are responsible for the lives of others, for
    the common good of the family or of the civil community. This right
    alone can justify the possession or transfer of arms.”

  4. The national “catholic” reporter (‘fish wrap’ to some of us) in no way speaks for the Church or faithful Catholics. Their Bishop has even told them they are not allowed to use Catholic to describe themselves. The distortion of the Faith in this matters and so many others, provides fodder for those who wish to harm the Church.

    I posted my take on this issue two years ago. http://www.musingsoverapint.com/2011/01/catholics-and-guns.html
    After all this time, the press still gets it wrong.

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