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SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — A Shallotte church is getting involved in the gun control debate.

St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church has begun a campaign to curb the epidemic of gun violence.

Starting Saturday, petitions will be available for members of the community to sign. The petitions will be sent to lawmakers on the federal, state and local levels.

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  • Al T

    “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.” – Luke 11:21 (NIV)

    “Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.” – Matthew 12:29 (NIV)

    Like the Old Testament better?
    “They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel?” – Judges 5:8

    We are a nation that was founded on Christian beliefs, weather any of you believe it or not. Our Constitution was based on the Christian beliefs of our forefathers. They believed that we all had rights given to us from God above and that no rules of men could supersede them. Stop listening to the rules of men and follow God’s rules.

  • Karen Sands

    The real issue is not being looked at. People kill people, not guns. I do not want my 2nd Amendment taken away because of the psychos out here. I did nothing wrong to deserve my Bill of Rights to be violated by Obama or Big Brother which Obama is part of. That educated idiot needs to take a look at complete facts. GUN CONTROL DOES NOT WORK. Case in point. Australian Gun Law Update Here’s a thought to warm some of your hearts…. From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia The first year results are now in: Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent, Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent; Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)! In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. (Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals still possess their guns!) While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed. There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in ‘successfully ridding Australian society of guns….’ You won’t see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information. The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens. Here is a history lesson. Nazi Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. By 1987 that figure had risen to 61,911,000. China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952 10,076,000 political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated in Kuomintang China, and by 1987 another 35,236,000 exterminations were carried out under the Communists. Cambodia established gun control in 1956. Between 1975 and 1979, 2,035,000 “educated” people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. During the short four years of its rule in Cambodia, Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge government murdered over 31 percent of the entire Cambodian population. There have been millions of people killed for just no cause like Big Brother is doing to America. Wake Up.

  • Stephen Prescott

    Don’t y’all have anything better to do with your time?Stop trying to take away hard working tax payers rights our constitution is clear and to the point.What if people took up a petition to close down Catholic churches do to the fact that there is an alarming amount of sexual petifiles among the catholic priest.Yall don’t feel safe with me having a gun . I don’t feel safe knowing that catholic priest have access to children.In short tend to your own affairs and if you want to do something constructive with your time get more involved with cleaning up the Catholic Churches.

  • GuestMan.

    Do you remember “Thou shalt not have any other gods before me”? With which you are doing with your worship of your guns.
    Or, “Thou shalt not kill”. Which didn’t say in defense of my house, my possessions, or my life. The commandment just says what it says.

  • KG

    Signing a petition such as this just makes sense. Our legislators only respond to a social problem with courage and vision when the ballot box is in question. If you still beleive in the democratic process, you go grass roots. Right, Tea Party members?????

    And yes, guns and violence ARE a social problem. If the faith based community everywhere got fully behind this movement, change is possible. So, what do you say, Christians? Those of other faiths? Sorry folks, but I will never believe having a gun makes anyone safe (and the NRA is just CYA on this one).

  • Guest2020

    Yet another reason to dislike the Romanists. How can they in good conscience say that they take a stand against violence, when they don’t even properly admonish those in leadership positions who commit violence against children in their own churches? Can anyone say hypocrite?

    And while we are on the subject of this particular church, do they pay for the sheriff’s department to direct traffic after their services or is this happening on the taxpayer’s dime?

  • KG

    Yeah, Adam Lanza’s mom was a “law abiding gun owner” too. Just like you.

  • Guest20562

    you got my vote

  • KG

    Violence in any form is wrong. Does a sad history of misconduct mean that members of a faith should never speak up about anything ever again..Really?

  • Me,Myself and I

    Maybe they can tell us about the Southport priest, that was arrested 3 years ago and charged with ‘Indecent Liberties Against a Child’. A little over two years later, poof, it was all gone. Just like hundreds of other cases each year. Was there another “Silence Agreement” ?

    Answers we will never have……
    Full disclosure of the Bishop’s (Diocese) participation in this case, to include full details of any settlement.
    Where this priest is located now, and what name he is using.

    As long as we have silence, lies, and tricks, protecting child-abusing priests, this evil will still go on.

  • GuestX

    Good grief……

  • B M

    Maybe it’s time for us law abiding gun owners to start our own petitions against some of their dealings.

  • Guest1946

    I guess it is OK for these clowns to get involved in affairs of the State, but let the State get involved in their religious affairs and they will scream like stuck pigs, squealing “separation of church and state”.

  • Responder

    To label people who seek a non-violent approach to life issues as clowns surely attests to the violence we seem to uphold in this society. The issue, as presented by St. Brendan Church, evolves from a sense of morality. It does not, in any way, impose religious doctrine on the state. It simply asks the state to act humanely, morally, and non-violently.

  • Vog46

    Guest 1946 – but did you expect anything less?
    I mean really – a good religious person does not steal, does not assault and does not murder so there’s no need for guns for self defense.

    And crimes are NEVER committed by people who belong to your religion either (In my case – Christian).
    So there’s absolutely no need for gun ownership unless its target practice or for hunting………

    Religions can preach all they want – crime happens and their parishioners or members of their congregations commit those crimes. But the anti violence stance I can understand.
    It’s a classic conundrum


  • taxpayer

    that helped illegals get ID’s?

  • guesty

    The Catholic church better get a grip on their pedophile priests before they start worrying about guns.

  • Guest461

    …should fully concentrate on it’s own internal problems of its priests sexually molesting little children over and over. Once they have that in control and can re-gain confidence of the public as a religious institution, then and only then should they attempt to recruit new members. They should teach and advise of the moral issues of murder with a gun and any other type of weapon.

    One thing is for sure! The church needs to clean up it’s own closet AND backyard and fully remain OUT of the gun control business!!!

  • PublicAvenger

    Maybe they can have a petition, sent to lawmakers, allowing the police to have open authority to seach their closed files, for peodiphile priests. Instead of a “Culture Of Silence”, protecting these monsters.

  • Non-Stick Surface

    So…. Who are the Catholics of Shallotte petitioning? The government? That’s like petitioning Jesus to stop the Easter Bunny from coloring eggs. What does one have to do with the other and more importantly what differences will it make? I think we can all agree that violence is bad… But did we need a petition to prove it?
    Is a US sentator really going to look at some petition from a collection of folks from a church in the Metropolis of Shallotte and exclaim:

    “Holly Hell! St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church of Shallotte wants to curb gun violence… Get my secretary! I want to call in every favor and get some legislation rolling… Call my mistress and move my appointment!!! I have to curb gun violence!”


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