In his Jan. 5 column, Rabbi Brad Bloom elevated the gun control debate to a religious one saying we need to rid ourselves of guns because it's a pro-life issue.
That's an interesting perspective. It presents someone like me, a practicing Catholic who is 100 percent pro-life, with a conundrum.
I am now forced to be pro-choice in how I choose to protect my family. I have a legal right to own a firearm. I have the training, experience and background, so who is the rabbi to choose for me? When a criminal, who has no legal right, decides to invade my home or my car or threaten my life, my choice is clear. I am still pro-life, the life of myself and my family. I am also pro-choice in the weapon I decide to use. That choice is dependent on how many criminals decide I am an easy mark, but it's my legal choice.
A better suggestion might be to be pro-legal. Enforce current laws as they are meant to be enforced. We can also be pro-mental health and stop mentally ill people from acquiring firearms through better background checks. While we are at it, let's toss in pro-responsibility and hold people accountable for allowing others access to their legally owned firearms.
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Perhaps the biggest issue here is how people with an agenda to eliminate firearms have lost any reasonable ability to be pro-common sense.
Arthur V. Martin