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Monday, December 10, 2007

Guns In Church

(WBKO) - A law enforcement official says the deadly rampages at a megachurch and a missionary training school may have been carried out by the same person-- Matthew Murray, a 24-year-old suburban Denver man who "hated Christians."

It was a day of tragedy for Colorado's religious community....

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(FoxNews.com) - Murray, who was kicked out of a missionary training center where the first shooting occurred, is believed to have posted the message on a Web site for people who have left evangelical religious groups. His most recent post was Sunday morning in the hours between his attacks in Arvada and Colorado Springs, according to KUSA-TV in Denver, which first reported on the writings.

"You Christians brought this on yourselves," Murray wrote, according to the station, which did not identify the site. "All I want to do is kill and injure as many of you ... as I can especially Christians who are to blame for most of the problems in the world."...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: As a Missourian, I live in a very gun-owner friendly state. Missouri not only has virtually no restrictions on gun ownership, but people are allowed to carry guns here (unconcealed) without a permit or a license. With a permit, the gun may even be concealed. Missouri is a "right to carry" state, and here literally anyone (without a criminal record) can pack heat. Missouri is also very friendly to people who use their firearms to protect themselves and their families. Missouri's "Castle Doctrine" allows anyone to shoot and kill a home intruder without fear of criminal prosecution. The law even extends to a vehicle or "dwelling" which is lawfully occupied. Missourians may shoot to defend themselves from "death, serious injury, or any forcible felony." In short, Missouri is very gun-owner friendly.

Crime statistics clearly demonstrate that sates which allow their citizens to defend themselves almost immediately report a drop in random violent crime. (When everyone is armed, what's a criminal to do?)

So now we tread into the sensitive subject of guns in church. Understandably, people want to think of a church as a sacred house of worship -- free from violence and bloodshed. That's a pleasant thought, but unfortunately, not a very realistic one. As we recently saw in Colorado, churches (like shopping malls, colleges and public schools) can be subject to the violent rampages of disturbed individuals hell bent on killing as many people as they can before they're stopped by force or they kill themselves. To which The Catholic Knight is forced to ask the most unsettling questions: Is anybody reading this glad none of those Sunday worshipers in Colorado were armed? Is anybody reading this glad none of those mall shoppers in Nebraska were armed?

Thankfully the church in Colorado had enough foresight to hire a security guard, realizing that all those people in the pews on Sunday mornings were literally "sitting ducks!" Thankfully, this brave security guard had the guts to face the gunman and pull the trigger. I can't help but wonder though, what would have happened if a dozen or so worshipers also had firearms? Would the carnage have ended sooner? Would anybody but the gunman have been killed? Unfortunately we will never know the answer to those questions.

This isn't the first time something like this has happened, and sadly, it won't be the last. With public hostility toward Christianity on the rise -- especially in Hollywood films and Left-wing media bias -- I suspect these kinds of incidents will become more commonplace in the years ahead, as mentally unstable people increasingly feel more "justified" in killing Christians. One has to consider the consequences of going into a church completely unarmed (essentially helpless) and sitting down in a pew with your back toward an entrance door anyone can walk though with any kind of a weapon. What would you do? How would you escape? Could you escape?

Yes, we live in troubling times, and yes we Western Christians have it better than Christians who still suffer and die for their faith in Islamic and Communist countries all around the world. But as Americans, our nation is built on the idea of religious freedom. Our nation's founding document acknowledges that as a God-given right. It is a right that must be protected -- even with deadly force when necessary. When a madman comes into a church, blowing holes in the backs of innocent worshipers, is it not the God-given right of any person in there to turn around and shoot back?

I know the U.S. Catholic Bishops would take serious issue with me on this, and I'm okay with that. This is an issue that really needs to be discussed. When we are called to meet our Sunday obligation, does that also mean we are called to become "sitting ducks?" When we husbands and fathers are called to bring our families to mass, does that also mean we are called to no longer protect them from harm? We have to consider these things. Either we must be allowed to bring our guns into the local church with us, or else the local church must take the responsibility of hiring armed security guards to protect us. It has to be one or the other.

Your thoughts?