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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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  • dave

    Unfortunately the Catholic Church is reacting with emotion and not on the facts. Nothing proposed regarding legislation will or would have prevented the horrific insane acts of the EVIL among us will do no matter what the weapon of choice.
    In order to feel good the emotions say we have to do something. Once again, taking the Rights from the good man by control is the driving force using our emotions to promote the agenda. First thing you have to ask yourself is WHY. The Truth Has No Agenda.

  • Vog46

    The truth is Christians and Jews are believed by Islam as being “brothers”.
    Infidels are people who don’t believe in any God:

    “In the Islamic doctrinal sense, the term only refers to a person who does not recognize the one God (Allah) such as atheists and polytheists. However, since Islam considers Jews and Christians as fellow believers they are called “People of the Book (Ahl al-kitab)” instead.”

    The fact is true believers of Islam do not view Christians as infidels.
    Like any religion Christianity has/had it’s “moments” like the Inquisition and Islam has had its fanatics as well.
    But true believers of both faiths look at each other with mutual respect.

    The TRUTH does suck now doesn’t it?
    Don’t confuse the politics of Islamic nations with the beliefs of the Islamic faith.
    Vog

  • Citizen of the Republic

    Hopefully one day you won’t hate people that haven’t done anything to you.

    And the people that committed those acts of terror are evil, and call themselves Muslim, but are not.

    “I don’t see anything at all racist about my comments. You stick to your book and I’ll stick to mine.”

    “We all know who the Koran defines as “infidels” and we all know what the Koran tells it’s followers to do the “infidels”. “Kill them!”

    I’m afraid that “we all know”, really doesn’t know.

    Since you haven’t read “My book” you don’t really know what it says.
    And since I’ve read “Your Book” and “My Book” I know what Both say.

    Yes, the TRUTH does suck. You couldn’t possibly be a racist. Just ignorant.

  • GuestMan.

    I guess it would be like true Christians and fake Christians. So are the Christians that yell “Let them die” when talking about sick people with no insurance true or fake? How about the ones that believe that Jesus thought it was OK to kill someone, or the ones that protest at veteran’s funerals, or the Christians that did the Inquisition, or the ones that want to disenfranchise the gays, the poor, the sick, and the less fortunate than they? Are they real or fake?
    I can tell by your post which one you are.

  • Vog46

    This all you need to know about “infidels”:

    “In the Islamic doctrinal sense, the term only refers to a person who does not recognize the one God (Allah) such as atheists and polytheists. However, since Islam considers Jews and Christians as fellow believers they are called “People of the Book (Ahl al-kitab)” instead.”

    Islam does NOT consider Christians NOR Jews to be infidels. “Infidels” applies to those who don’t believe in any God.

    Vog

  • Guesttenheimer

    And don’t need to. The Koran proves itself. The people that live by the Koran vow to die by it. It’s their call. We all know who the Koran defines as “infidels” and we all know what the Koran tells it’s followers to do the “infidels”. “Kill them!”

    So, you’re telling me there are “true Muslims”? Is that vs. “fake Muslims”? So what was status of dear old Hasan that murdered 13 US Army soldiers and injured 36 more as he praised Allah? was he a “real Muslim” or a “fake Muslim”?

    Now about those Saudis that invaded Americas freedom on 9-11 and murdered over 3000 innocent souls. Were they of the “fake Muslim” variety or were they “real”? I don’t see anything at all racist about my comments. You stick to your book and I’ll stick to mine!

    The TRUTH sucks doesn’t it?

  • Guesttenheimer

    …as I was overtaking 2nd place and thought I would be first. Or was I overtaking last place, thinking I would be next to last? How do I take over last place?
    You stated what I meant. Thanks!

  • Citizen of the Republic

    True Muslims do not celebrate birthdays.

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

    A baby’s birth is a day of great joy, and an act of worship also.

    But annual “birthdays” are not celebrated.

    I hope this clears that up for you.

  • Citizen of the Republic

    The difference is I don’t judge 2 BILLION people by the actions of a small percentage of radicals, just like I don’t judge ethnic groups by the same percentage of racist individuals.

    You didn’t need to answer to prove my point.

    Since you like to recommend books, try reading the one book that true Muslims live their lives by. Maybe then you won’t denigrate things you don’t understand.

    If you still don’t understand, ask a follower of Islam. He can tell you the truth, not the spoon fed pablum of the media.

  • B M

    I think we’re all in agreement here, when a church wants to start getting political and tramping on our “second amendment” rights then 2 thinkgs need to happen

    1- take away their tax free exemption
    2-punish their child molestors like any other citizen would be

  • Guest421

    And, we haven’t been bothered with those pesky little wars and revolutions on our soil like so many other countries, now have we? Everyone should own a firearm and know how to use it.

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  • Guestguns

    Wonder if they are afraid that one of their priest would be shot for some of the action that has gone on in the past?

    They need to stay need to start paying taxes if they want to do stuff like this. They want to stand behind the First Amendment while stepping all over the Second Amendment..

  • Guesttenheimer

    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!

  • Vog46

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

    Vog

  • guesty

    “…as his first birthday present!”

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

  • Vog46

    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……

    Vog

    PS – or call it a fee……….

  • Citizen of the Republic

    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.

  • Guesttenheimer

    There isn’t a 15 year old in the middle east without an AK-47 as his first birthday present!

  • T. W. Duke

    And in other news, local Catholic Church fixes all other problems and makes desperate grab to stay relevant by capitalizing on tragedy. Also, Local Catholic Church was once relevant. Didn’t we already talk about his a month or so back?

    T.W. Duke

  • Citizen of the Republic

    And here in America it’s any different?

    Also: If they are 15 years old logic says it can’t be his first birthday.

    And they don’t do “birthdays” with presents.

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