Catholics and the Second Amendment

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by Paul Brock  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 24, 2020   

Natural rights under attack

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One of the most hotly-debated issues in America today revolves around the Second Amendment: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

In this week's Mic'd Upthe Second Amendment is defended from a Catholic angle. 

Michael Voris interviews Jason Jones, executive producer of the 2006 People's Choice Award-winning film Bella. Jason, along with his co-author John Zmirak, also wrote The Race to Save Our Century: Five Core Principles to Promote Peace, Freedom, and a Culture Of Life

God endows as part of His design the natural and inalienable right for humans to defend themselves, and if they're responsible for the lives of others, this defense is a grave duty. Government, therefore, doesn't give the rights, but defends them.

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This comes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church regarding the respect for human life, and more specifically, legitimate defense: "Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others. The defense of the common good requires that an unjust aggressor be rendered unable to cause harm." (CCC 2265) 

Since self-defense is a natural right freely given by God, it makes sense that historically, the irreligious have stripped people of these rights in order to bring about their own agenda. 

Legitimate defense can be not only a right but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others.

In 1918, as the Russian Revolution was launched under Vladimir Lenin, the Council of People's Commissars, which became the highest authority of the Soviet Union, put together "On the surrender of weapons." This decree ordered citizens to surrender their firearms, swords and bayonets. 

This communist revolution is thought to have resulted in the murder of millions of Russians from 19171922.

Since then, Hitler's Nazi Germany, Mao's communist China, and even socialist Venezuela have all stripped their own people of their natural right to defend themselves. 

In the United States, some Churchmen  like Cdl. Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey  have joined many Democrat politicians in calling for "a ban on the sale or possession of all assault weapons." Fr. James Martin has even portrayed gun control as moral issue equal to abortion. 

Jason Jones and John Zmirak, both Catholic writers at The Stream, wrote a thorough article debunking these assertions.

Watch the full episode of Mic'd Up: God, Guns and the Government.

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