Mar 312010

This letter is in rebuttal to Frank Wessling’s March 18 editorial in The Catholic Messenger.

In the words of Thomas Jefferson: “When the government fears its people, that’s liberty.  When the people fear their government, that’s tyranny.” The founding fathers knew that the right to keep and bear arms would guarantee protection against an overbearing government.

“The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” are the words of James Madison. They are contained in the Second Amendment, and comprise the most powerful written guarantee in the universe, and many of us consider it precious.

The case before the U.S. Supreme Court, McDonald vs. the City of Chicago, involves a citizen who desires to legally own and carry a concealed handgun. His neighborhood is terrorized by armed thugs. The police are powerless to individually protect the thousands who are assaulted annually. Their only promise: “If you report the crime, we’ll investigate.

It’s time the church awakens to its real enemy. The liberal agenda that would take away our guns would also outlaw prayer in public schools and assemblies, remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, require a Catholic university to cover its crucifix before one of its representatives speaks, and require tax funding of abortions at any stage and force practitioners to perform them. 

Before this editorial further indicts the U.S. Supreme Court, it is prudent to recognize that two-thirds of its membership is comprised of Catholics. The surest way to promote the liberal agenda would be to replace those six justices with atheists.

In reference to “seeing guns in holsters,” those who are issued permits to carry a concealed weapon do keep their weapon concealed. They do not wear holsters on the outside of their attire advertising they are armed.

Donna Hein-Stickling

Blue Grass

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