This Easter, gun control and abortion need equal priority from pro-life Catholics

This Easter, gun control and abortion need equal priority from pro-life Catholics

This Easter Sunday, Christians around the world celebrate Christ’s resurrection, an event that marks, for us, the ultimate triumph of life over death. It’s a time of great rejoicing among Christian communities and is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Catholic voters should look to where they can make a difference. Unlike abortion, there is ample opportunity for pro-life Catholics to help shift gun policy. In modern, secular democracies, Christian voters often wrestle to reconcile their faith with a range of local political challenges and national attitudes. Although those challenges tend to be similar among those democracies — for instance, issues of taxation and immigration — in only one of those countries are Christians and their neighbors 25 times more likely to be killed by a gun : the United States. Who’s to blame for the lax gun laws that enable this shameful national embarrassment to continue? Lawmakers and the gun lobby both come to mind. But frankly, I have also been part of the problem — because I am a Catholic who for decades has tacitly supported laws and policies that increase gun deaths through my pro-life vote. While complete eradication of gun deaths is never going to happen in a country with more guns than citizens , the reason we have around 40,000 gun deaths each year is because we tolerate it. As a Catholic combat veteran, I’ve spent time carrying both my weapon and my rosary. In the Army, we emphasized training, safety and accountability whenever […]

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