We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Pope Francis claimed that firearms and firearm makers cannot be Christian. A curious statement as he is surrounded by heavily-armed guards whenever he leaves his house. The Vatican is equally protected.
The same thing applies to Obama's pontificating about firearms. He is surrounded by firearms every day, and will be provided with armed guards for free for the rest of his life. I guess it's supposed to be different for us little people but not for me. I carry. If you worked in today's Hartford, CT, you might too.
The HK MP7 (probably) rides shotgun with the dark (purple) suit wearing Swiss Guardsmen closest to the pope.
And the Secret Service, and no doubt the Swiss Guard, have a policy, if their protectee comes under concerted attack to mow down everybody until they can escape and let the response teams sort out the wounded. Keep that in mind if you are around an "official" person with unaccountable government shooters protecting them.
Those words were never spoken by Pope Francis. They were written by a journalist (probably Philip Pullella, Reuters) in an attempt to paraphrase various translations taken out of context of some speech (characterized as rambling) the Pope gave in Italian months before his visit to the U.S.
It's not a quote and it shouldn't be presented as one. I'm so tired of this sort of thing, even if the ideas intended to be presented are ones I agree with.
Possession of any inanimate object does not class a person as "bad" or "good". Morality is an Inside Job. What is in a person's heart and what they do with that — walk the talk — is what matters.
I offer some words from Col Jeff Cooper, taken from his excellent book, The Art of the Rifle:
"Personal weapons are what raised mankind out of the mud, and the rifle is the queen of personal weapons.
The possession of a good rifle, as well as the skill to use it well, truly makes a man the monarch of all he surveys."
"The rifle is a weapon. Let there be no mistake about that. It is a tool of power, and thus dependent completely upon the moral stature of its user.
It is equally useful in securing meat for the table, destroying group enemies on the battlefield, and resisting tyranny.
In fact, it is the only means of resisting tyranny, because a citizenry armed with rifles cannot be tyrannized."
There are a lot of sins in this world; owning a firearm is not one of them.
In the U.S. private use of guns save 2,500,000 lives a year. Old George Zimmerman would probably be dead if he did not have a gun. Guns save 100's of times more lives than they take. Bring back stop and frisk. Get the guns out of the hands of thugs.
All of the comments replying to what Pope Francis supposedly said about guns/weapons are irrelevant, since Pope Francis never said what is claimed that he said. Another example of people being gullible if it fits their agenda to be so. Don't believe everything you read!