Is it time for church and religious leaders to publicly weigh in on the gun control issue? The fierce national debate over guns is as much a pro-life issue as abortion.
The goal of pro-life, anti-abortion advocates centers on legally protecting those who are subject to lethal violence that results in death. Pro-life advocates generally argue that the human fetus (and in most cases the human embryo) is a person and therefore has a right to life.
That same argument should apply to children and victims of gun violence. Anyone concerned about protecting human life has to be concerned about every gun massacre of innocent children.
The same church leaders and pro-life advocates who spare no effort to try and shut down abortion clinics or change the laws to ban abortion, should be committed to support laws to restrict access to certain types of guns and ammunition.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has already established “gun free zones.” The LDS Church will not allow guns in church buildings.
“Churches are dedicated for the worship of God and as havens from the cares and concerns of the world. The carrying of lethal weapons, concealed or otherwise, within their walls is inappropriate except as required by officers of the law.” (LDS Church/Utah Code)
It will be a challenge, given the powerful culture of the gun lobby opposing any restrictions on owning guns. But, church Leaders and religious organizations can make the difference with the moral position to lead such a change in our national gun policy.