Seems to me there are some Bishops who espouse gun control on a regular basis. There is a well known priest in Chicago, who is a strong vocal advocate of all gun control laws. The publication Catholic Explorer recently ran a strongly biased, and completely anti-gun article, citing only information from the Illinois branch of the Brady Campaign. Even the poll questions asked were incredibly biased. The whole thing was wrapped up in a neat package and endorsed by local churches, and reminding us that the Bishops call for ‘reasonable’ controls.
Members of the Joliet diocesan Legislative Advocacy Network recently met with Young. The group is in favor of increased gun control legislation, said Thomas Garlitz, director of the diocesan Peace and Social Justice Ministry.
Since the 1970s, the members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have issued statements calling for “reasonable gun control” legislation, said Garlitz. The justice advocate stressed that members of the Legislative Advocacy Network plan to make faithful constituents aware of the issues. “We want to protect our communities,” he said. The diocesan “Legislative Advocacy Network” is clearly an anti-gun group. They site only anti-gun information.
Of course non-gunners read articles and don’t understand that these laws will wipe out personal defense, sporting arms, and fly in the face of state and federal constitutions. And because all the stuff is sugar coated by the press, and coming from the mouth of a Priest or Bishop, it seems to have more weight.
Guns for my family, and many others, offer a chance for a family outing of wholesome fun at a local range, out on the sporting clays or trap field, and also provide some level of personal security.
Did the Bible not also suggest (Luke 22:36-38) that Jesus approved of self-defense. The sword is a dagger or short sword that was normal equipment of the Jewish travelers as protection?