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SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County church is taking a stance in the gun control debate.

After starting a gun control petition earlier this year, St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Shallotte is educating the community.

Church leaders say they view gun control as a pro-life initiative and a moral issue, because it threatens a person’s dignity to life. This has them called to action.

After the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, St. Brendan Catholic Church wanted to do its part to bring attention to the gun control debate. Church leaders began circulating a petition back in January.

“We are really going to come together to try to find solutions, and that doesn’t exclude a viewpoint,” St. Brendan’s Religious Education Director Mary Hart said. “We certainly want to invite anyone with a different viewpoint to come forward.”

The petition calls for a ban on assault weapons, a ban on high-capacity magazines and better regulation.

“We wanted to bring awareness to the issue and to keep it alive in the minds of people, because too often in the past bad things have happened, and we sort of go back to business as usual,” Hart said.

To make sure this controversial issue does not fade and to provide another venue for discussion, the church hosted a lecture Tuesday to talk about the Second Amendment from a historical perspective.

“It’s important for us as citizens to form our own opinions and to state those opinions and not leave it up to the people in Washington,” said historian and guest lecturer Dr. Michael Burke.

St. Brendan’s has already sent its petition with upwards of 1,000 signatures to North and South Carolina senators with the hopes of one day being able to answer some important questions.

“What is good public policy? What should we be doing in this country to make sure this kind of violence does not happen again?” concerned citizen Barry Ryan said.

St. Brendan’s will also host a mental health and gun violence presentation to keep the talk going. That discussion will take place March 21.

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31 Comments on "Church takes stand in gun control debate"

Citizen of the Republic
2015 years 8 months ago

The church is entitled to it’s view. However when it turns political the line is blurred.

I am also entitled to my view that it’s a money making racket.

Now that they have entered the public discussion on gun control, the church has become political.

It’s time for them to lose “tax exempt” status.

As Dear leader Obama has said, “the rich (which the church is), they need to pay their fair share”

“St. Brendan’s will also host a mental health and gun violence presentation to keep the talk going. That discussion will take place March 21.” Talking points courtesy of DNC.

Let me know when the discussion is held and the topic is Political action committees disguised as churches and abuse of the tax status by religious fat cats.

2015 years 8 months ago

Is bizarre.
End it.
And tax all election contributions by not allowing ANY form of nonprofit-eering by groups.

Spreading out the tax base is a very good GOP idea……


PS – or call it a fee……….

2015 years 8 months ago

“…as his first birthday present!”

His first birthday present as in the first present he receives on his 15th birthday.

2015 years 8 months ago

You were expecting something different from a church?
Catholic or otherwise Christian?


2015 years 8 months ago

As I grew up here in America, it was customary for a young man to receive a .22 or a 410 ga. as a birthday present, not an AK-47. We used them for rabbit and bird hunting or for target practice.

The muslim boys walk out in the streets with their fresh AK-47, crack off about 20 rounds in the air screaming, “Praise Allah” and “Death to the infidels!”. They are ready to kill other human beings and proud of it.

Do you see the difference now?

If you would attempt to read and comprehend a high school level history book, I wouldn’t need to answer such an elementary question for you!


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