Jesuits have spoken on the Second Amendment

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"What Kind of Gun Would Jesus Carry?" (March 3 Forum) would not involve invoking the Second Amendment to justify it from a "constitutional" viewpoint if the Roman occupiers even considered such a framework and applied it to the occupied Jewish population.

However, the U.S. Jesuits who run several dozen universities in the United States (disclosure: I have a post-grad degree from Loyola University in Baltimore), some with quality law schools, have declared in the Feb. 25 issue of their magazine America (www.americamagazine.org) that they embrace "an idea whose time has come," posting the idea on the cover page: "The 28th Amendment, Section 1. The second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed, Section 2. Congress shall have the power to regulate the sale and possession of firearms in any State, Territory, or possession of the United States."

While the Rev. Graham Standish reviews the scriptural arguments about toting and using lethal weapons, this extraordinary editorial by the Jesuits focuses on the constitutional issue, quoting disarmament and arms control expert Thommaso De Ruzza who "explained that an individual does not possess an absolute natural right to own a lethal weapon." The editorial concludes: "The Supreme Court has ruled that whatever the human costs involved, the Second Amendment 'necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table.' The justices are right. But the human cost is intolerable. Repeal the Second Amendment."

REV. BERNARD SURVIL
Greensburg


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