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As a pro-life, Catholic, "law-abiding citizen," am I alone in finding it odd that our church leaders and religious groups are strangely silent on the issue of gun safety? Is this not also a "pro-life" issue, or is their concern only for the unborn -- with the corollary that "once you are born, you're on your own"?

Innocent children and adults are victims of the insane availability of assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips. These guns are weapons of war and are not meant for hunting or personal protection.

Why is such a common-sense solution as a ban on such weapons and stricter background checks so politicized? Surely our church leaders are not as beholden to the National Rifle Association and the gun manufacturing industry as our utterly spineless Congress, which hides behind the "sacred" (evoking the image of Charlton Heston) text of the Second Amendment. Is the gun lobby organizing a "well regulated militia"? I would be interested in the church's response as to why it hasn't taken a stand on this issue.

MAUREEN A. DALEY
Bethel Park


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