In today's bulletin from St. John Neumann in Gaithersburg, MD, page 4 bottom-left, we see an advertisement for a "Lenten Gun Violence Prevention program". It's supposed to be held at St. Francis of Assisi church on Thursday April 3rd. Oddly enough, I do not see it on St Francis' online bulletin (as of this afternoon).
This has all the hallmarks of being a push for gun control under sanctimonious trappings. Let's visit "Heeding God's Call" website, shall we? Here we have their "litany of commitment". After a bunch of yammer that purportedly mourns the victims of violence and sympathizes with their families, we get into the meat of the thing.
Leader: Now is the time to end the senseless killing of our boys and our girls, our men and
People: Now is the time.
Leader: Now is the time to cease the profligate sale of assault weapons and all multiple
firing guns, weapons meant only for murder
Where, oh where, do we read in this lovely litany about appropriate punishments for those who engage in violence, regardless of tools used? How about, "Now is the time to sentence violent criminals to life with hard labor and without parole and perks?" Did I just overlook that part?
On page 6 of this document, this "covenant of commitment", they lament the culture they lament the "unrestricted proliferation of guns in our communities". Under what rocks have they been hiding for the past few decades? Gun control and regulations have burgeoned, making onerous the purchase of firearms for good citizens. Moving on down, they lament the eight children killed every day (supposedly) by guns. Nary a peep is said about the thirty-four hundred children murdered by abortion daily. There is a key cause of other manners of violence. That has led to a coarsening of morality, a devaluation of life in the minds of too many.
Lisa Delity of Heeding God's Call will be one of those leading the event at St. Francis of Assisi. In 1994 she lost a brother, Michael Miller (FBI agent) to a murderer wielding a gun. The write-up for Mr. Miller is found on the FBI page. It states that the man who murdered him and other law enforcement officers, Bennie Lee Lawson, was already a suspect in a triple murder. Why was he not behind bars? Might that lack of detainment have been part of the problem? So he got a gun. Here's a news flash for bleeding hearts everywhere. Criminals break laws - even (surprise!) gun control laws! Lawson himself died during that 1994 shootout.
Delity, in 2008, issued a statement lamenting gun violence - and capital punishment. I'm sure the irony escapes her. At any rate, Lawson is not going to be able to murder any more people. It already sounds like he had six to his charge - and no "gun registration" would have stopped that.
Rabbi Sue Levi Ewell is on Heeding's Coordinating Committee. She's also an unabashed lesbian. Then there's Rabbi Linda Holtzman (part of Heeding's Executive Committee), who is/was a member of something called Rabbis for Obama. These two gals certainly aren't "heeding God's call" when it comes to His Laws on marriage, sexuality and life. Their moral credibility is zilch. And they help lead a group that pontificates about guns? These "rabbis" are two reasons why "Heeding God's Call" will not be taken seriously by faithful Catholics.
Then there's Bishop Kermit Newkirk. One of his other hats is that of leader of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER). That bunch is a branch of the Alinskyian PICO network. We knew we'd find at least one of these "community-organizing" types lurking around. Another "Heeding" director, Bishop Dwayne Royster, is also with POWER.
They also have a penchant for having "prayer vigils" outside of gun shops. That's like having "prayer vigils" outside of car dealerships to curb deaths by reckless driving. Such tactics do nothing to address the real issue - the violent criminals who use guns and any other weapon to wreck violence. They insist on dancing around that "elephant in the living room" called the revolving prison door. By the way - I wonder how many of them have "prayer vigils" outside of abortion mills, where real murder occurs? Don't worry! I won't hold my breath waiting for an answer.
Any organizations that allows lesbians, obamaphiles and Alinskyian devotees into its leadership ranks has nothing to contribute to any Catholic's faith and morals. When Catholic "social justice" groups give them an audience, they lend credibility to the groups' dissidents and deviants. That is unacceptable.