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Bishops' pro-life message: ban assault weapons

When it comes to dealing with Congress, it's often necessary to re-state the obvious. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, does that well in this Washington Post piece explaining why it's pro-life to ban assault weapons:

The churchs pro-life stand against abortion is undisputed. So is its pro-life stand in opposition to the death penalty. It can only be justified if there is no other way to keep a deadly criminal from hurting more people. And in the most recent and all too common threat to human life, the church opposes the growing preponderance of lethal weapons on the streets. It stands as another important pro-life position. 

  

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The USCCB statement you link is from 2005. It says: As bishops, we support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and make them safer (especially efforts that prevent their unsupervised use by children and anyone other than the owner), and we reiterate our call for sensible regulation of handguns.Is the unsupervised use of firearms by children really a problem?The new remarks by the nun who speaks for the bishops seem to focus on abortion more than on guns. What about forbidding Catholics to own guns and excommunicating those who disobey this pro-life rule?What about forbidding Catholics to bring guns into church in the 20+ states that now allow guns in church and excommunicating anyone who flouts the rule?What about other lethal weapons? Should Knights of Columbus be forbidden to carry swords in church?Should groomsmen at a military wedding be forbidden to form an Arch of Steel after the final blessing of the newlyweds?

Gerelyn- I think it would depend on how many people have been killed by those K of C ceremonial swords when deciding whether to ban them.