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? AI hNSAS CATHOLIC June 12, !999 Page 15 hirteen students were killed at Columbine High School, but we must remember that 13 children Under the age of 19 are killed every day ill firearms-related events. Thankfully the hysteria about guns is .ding in this country and people are g a serious look at what the United States has come to in terms of gun laws. .Why do we really need 192 million guns m this country? Catholics should be supporting bills that are before the Legislature that will reduce the number of accidents, mur- ders and suicides. Before legislation, if any, goes into effect we need to begin hPoodslicing our own homes and neighbor- . We must be thinking first about our families. Do we really need a gun in safety locks. In addition to locks, more get enough votes to pass a similar law. our home? Should we allow our children testing should be done on "personal- Education programs for children. to go to a friend's home where there are ized" guns that will only fire for certain Children need to be educated about guns? Do we even know if friends or tel- people based on their fingerprints or if what to do if a fellow student brings a atives have guns in their homes where a they are wearing a special wristband or gun to school or is faced with violence. child could get access? Have we even ring. To address the risk of being branded a thought to ask? No assault weapons, including rifles, "snitch," at least one school has an There are several pieces of key legis- should be sold to those under 18 years anonymous hotline where reports are lation that should be law. old. Those who sell guns to juveniles made and anonymity is maintained. Background checks for those buy- should be penalized. A license should be One-handgun-a-month require- hag guns at gun shows. Did you know immediately revoked if a gun dealer sells ments. "Gun runners" buy hundreds of there are 2,000 to 5,000 gun shows a year to a minor. Some legislation is pushing guns a month so they can sell them to in the United States where background for additional identification require- minors and felons. They are out of busi- checks aren't required? There, "private ments for those 18-24 years old.ness if they can only buy one within a 30- collections" are sold to minors and Q Child access laws. Gun owners day period. felons, should be fined and jailed if a child gets Self-policing and new laws can be a Child-related restrictions, such as access to their gun and uses it in a vio- winning combination so more children child-resistance trigger standards and lent act. Arkansas legislators could not can grow up to be adults. The Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons allows abortions to occur after 24 weeks of pregnancy only if a condition is highly likely to be lethal during the first 30 days after birth. Among those are chil- dren with no brains or lungs, or with their internal organs outside their bodies. Except that ... ;: ...... ....... Except there is the case of Emily Rogers of Langley, British Columbia, born last October with most of her internal organs outside. Emily is still alive and doing fine after surgeons returned her organs to their proper place. This doesn't mean all such infants would have a reasonable hope of survival. It does, however, point to the fact that the purpose of the medical profession is to save life, not to take it and certainly not to set itself up as the arbiter of whose life is worth saving and whose is not. On May 14, 1969, Canada legalized abortion. Proponents of this action said it was needed to protect women from back-street abortion butchers and in cases such as rape. And after all, they said, a fetus is just a blob of tissue. K&T oill the baby or watch "it" die later. at s the phony dilemma some spitals are putting to parents of ,turn children determined, late in preg- to be suffering from severe handi- u . ,, ps. Of course, it s unlikely the choice iSex re ., I1-- p ssed so baldly. But s a choEe, :~ve.rtheless, which is intended to present "uortion -_ or "induction" as it is now flt phemistically described -- as the merci- choice. bcurse, sometimes things go awry. aby is born alive. What to do then? , basically, let it die. A compassionate, ger tle,cho. "merciful" death perhaps, but a tce for death still the same. "Therapeutic abortion committees" spiral of death can be halted. would protect against abuses of this new Police and the College of Physicians freedom, and Surgeons are now investigating alle- Those who opposed this action said a gations contained in articles about line was being crossed and that society was Calgary's Foothills Hospital in A/N, rta embarking on a slippery slope downward Report magazine. However, even if all the which would lead eventually to infanticide facts in the magazine's stories are true, it is and euthanasia. For their troubles, they hard to see these investigations leading to were portrayed as angry old misogynist much. That is, unless some nurse or ho~- cranks, pital staffperson who witnessed children Except that they turned out to be right, being left to die risks their own future by The therapeutic abortion committees coming forward. were mostly a farce from Day One until The actions of courageous individuals the Supreme Court abolished them alto- can have an effect on even massive, insti, gether and took abortion out of the tutionalized social injustice such as the Criminal Code. More than 2 million abortion monster. We are at another cru- babies have been killed -- a large part of cial point in the batde for human life. The the future of the nation destroyed. The Calgary Regional Hospital Authority rec- governing Liberal Party now has a policy ognizes that too by its efforts to stop the on its books in favor of legalizing assisted flow of information from one of its hospi- suicide. And we appear to be moving tals and to hunt down the source of the toward accepting infanticide of the severe- leaks. ly handicapped. We too need to draw a line in the sand Human life is being treated ever-more and say that the lives of severely handi- cheaply in Canadian society. The progno- capped babies are a great and unfath- sis for the future is more of the same and omable gift. Society should seek not to it's not clear how or if this ever-widening destroy, but to enhance, those lives. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ olence follows 0rtion trend the are we surprised and shocked at Cnrortic outbursts of violent behavior by } outh of today? Along with the numer- "Ii ~ " Viol- ega. e influences on youth such as m movies, violence in "IV pro- violence on the Internet, violence in .violence in news, violent video games ert, ylence in family life, there is an influ- violence not mentioned by the news That violence takes place daily in "'Onion mills across the nation. . _ ach day thousands of unborn babies .mUrdered in a violent rocess Our muth .... P ah rti lully aware of this violence of high on. Likewise, they are aware that the Vi' {e t COurt in this nation condones this that Furthermore, our youth are aware thee present administration branch of len , -ueral government approves of this vio- or abortion and to protect the ' Unuation of this violence. youth are aware that many mem- --,n of the legislative branch of the feder- al government favor the protection of the out of the reins of control as she sees violence of abortion and vote accordingly, them grow. While all of these negative influences Motherhood has to be filled with love, prosper, our society sits back, yawns and patience and sacrifice. Love and patience says, "Ho-hum. The economy is great." are easy to know. Sacrifice is noL Charles Sippel In many families, the need for things of Horseshoe Bend this world takes precedent over the proper rearing of children. Yes, there are excep- Put motherhood tions - in the child - in the availability of and church first long family members to provide proper care. But for most, it appears that as God As so many have proposed and suggest- gives us these children, we forget that He ed ways to curb the violence we have will give us the strength and what we need recendy experienced, I think it necessary to raise them as law-abiding dtizens. to convey my thoughts, which hopefully We seem to forget that God provides have some merit and perhaps worthy of for all who love and serve Him. consideration. Raising children properly is following First, we have lost sight of one of the our Lord's desire for His people. greatest and most important professions My other suggestion is returning to of all mankind - motherhood. Yes, the what people have done for hundreds of raising of children, where the mother is years and that is to bring the church back the center of all that goes on. She knows to the center of our lives. In Christian her children, what they like and don't cities and towns all over the world, the like, where they are and what they are church is located in the heart of the town. doing. Her love enables her to recognize All activities were part of or sanctioned by how much leeway, how long can she let the church. It could still happen and prob- ably do for some parents that want their children to be close to our Savior. A first step could be attending Mass more than just on Sunday. Wednesday evenings offer a midweek pick-up in faith, which can be very impressive on young people. Combating the evils of the world requires more effort on parents in provid- ing spiritual guidance. Then we are show- ing love for our Savior and He will show His love for us. Ken Eckert Little Rock