I raised this question in a group, just as a private individual, stressing I do not pretend to hold an official Church view, and people were very quick to uphold the right to bear arms. Indeed, on one blog somewhere it was commented that had there been someone in the Aurora CO theater bearing a legally concealed weapon, perhaps the loss of life might have been much reduced.
But, seriously, how did the suspect legally obtain so much weaponry?
Gun control is anathema to many Americans. Guns don't kill people, it's people who kill! Yes, I know, but should anyone whomsoever be allowed to bear arms?
Self-defence? That is an admission that American society is violent.
He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.
If Americans gave up the right to bear arms, fewer would have them. And those who obtained them would either have to quizzed: why? what for? Or they would obtain them illegally.
Naturally, weapons used for hunting are another matter and some provision would need to be made for them.
But I think a big question needs to be asked: how did Holmes manage to get hold of such a quantity of armaments without any alarms being raised?
I know when we had some horrible killings in Great Britain, gun laws were gradually tightened amidst howls of protest from the gun rights lobby. I would consider myself a libertarian, in principle, but on this one I am on the side of disarmament.
Just my questions, as a foreigner and a guest in this great land, humbly and respectfully submitted.