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Some Newtown clergy disapprove of Senate compromise on guns
Demonstrators set up more than 3,300 grave markers to symbolize the people killed by gun violence since the Newtown shooting.
April 11th, 2013
04:02 PM ET

Some Newtown clergy disapprove of Senate compromise on guns

By Dan Merica, CNN
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Washington (CNN) – The bipartisan gun control agreement reached by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on Wednesday does not go far enough in the eyes of multiple clergy members from Newtown, Connecticut.

In interviews with CNN, religious leaders from Newtown, the site of last year’s school shooting where 20 children and six adults were killed, said that a recent gun control agreement does not do enough to fight gun violence, leading one rabbi to doubt whether Congress was actually working for the American people.

“Who are they compromising with?” said Rabbi Shaul Praver of the Congregation Adath Israel in Newtown. “Ninety percent of the country, 92% really, want the universal background checks. That is it, straight up, no exceptions. That is what the people want.”

Praver continued: “If there are so many people saying, ‘We want you to do this’ and it is not being done, then we are not being represented. I think we have a really big problem. It is called corruption and it is really a problem. You have elected officials who come here to do, you know, serve the NRA and not their constituents that elected them. I think they are out of touch.”

On Wednesday, Manchin, who represents West Virginia, and Toomey, from Pennsylvania, announced an agreement that broadens background checks to include private purchases at gun shows and on the Internet. The agreement does not, however, include a ban on semiautomatic firearms modeled after military assault weapons or a limit on ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, two provisions many gun control activists had wanted.

The compromise passed an initial hurdle in the Senate on Thursday and is expected to get a vote in the next two weeks.

The Rev. Matthew Crebbin of the Newtown Congregational Church echoed Praver and seemed unsettled that any compromise was needed on gun control.

“It is hard for me to believe that we need a piece of legislation on compromise when 92% of the American public supports universal background checks,” Crebbin said. “I do think that many of our representatives are late adapters to the issues and don’t recognize the changes that are happening under their feet.”

A CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday found that 86% of people support “tougher new background checks for gun purchases.” The number is consistent with other polling on the issue that finds around 90% of people support more stringent background check laws.

One other member of the Newtown clergy joined Crebbin and Praver in Washington, the Rev. Kathleen Adams-Shepherd of Trinity Episcopal Church.

All three were members of an interfaith group that organized a vigil after the shootings at Sandy Hook. President Barack Obama attended the event and spoke about possible legislative recourse for protecting “our children.”

“No single law - no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society,” he said. “But that can’t be an excuse for inaction. Surely, we can do better than this.”

The three Newtown clergy also took part in an event, organized by PICO National Network and Sojourners, two religious groups lobbying Congress to approve stricter background checks.

Surrounded by more than 3,300 grave markers that symbolized the number of people killed by gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, 27 religious leaders stood together to ask Congress to pass gun control legislation.

“It’s past time for our political leaders to find the moral courage to act,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners. “The majority of our country supports change, and 92% of Americans support universal background checks, but unfortunately powerful lobbyists for gun manufacturers have some politicians scared to do what they know is right.”

Sporting large yellow stickers that read “Background Checks Save Lives,” a number of religious leaders spoke about the need for stricter gun laws.

“We all know too intimately the ripples of grief,” Crebbin said, his hands trembling during his remarks. "Now is the time to change.”

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Guns • Politics

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  1. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    I made several mistakes in my previous post, muslim converts, absurdity of a converted muslim lair from hindered gutter of racism, india, Muslims and Islam do not recognize wahhabism cast ism, but filthy arabs from gutterland called Makka and Madinah refuse to call every one is equal under the LA, truth absolute, Cast system in muslims, source of hinduism racism, is not of human, but of Arab animals, filthy secular s, arabs secular s, ignorant self cantered claim to be from, by their belief in Wahhabi stupid Evolution.

    April 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • Islamblows

      Islam is wrong in Saudi or pakasstan

      April 11, 2013 at 11:45 pm |
    • Islamblows

      Cuz Islam is evil. And dumb. And false. Hopefully Israel can get rid of it

      April 11, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
  2. Thought Purification

    Muslims have a "caste system" of their own.
    The arabs are superior and "pure" than everyone else.
    The arabs of Saudi Arabia are superior to other arabs.
    Then comes the black african muslims and the asian muslims.
    Then down the string the iranis and afgans.
    Finally in the bottom of the stack are the indian muslim and the pakistanis.
    This is further complicated by internal subdivisions, like the Pakistanis and Indian Muslims always look down on their bangladeshi counterparts.
    The Sunnis find themselves superior to the shias etc etc
    Many of such attacks are also by people who want to change or maintain(depending on the case) such caste systems by challanging the political and religious hierarchy.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      I am a Pakistani muslim with roots in Hindu India, I agree with you boss, in Pakistan they treat us as like some kind of untouchables

      April 11, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hinduism, absurdty of a hindu lair from hindered gutter of hinduism racism, india, Muslims and Islam do not recognize hinduism cast ism, and every one is equal under the LA, truth absolute, Cast system, source of hinduism racism, is not of human, but of hindu animals, filthy secular s, hindu secular s, ignorant self cantered claim to be from, by their belief in hindu stupid Evolution.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
  3. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    I come from a family of famous Pakistani dancers, please like my sister
    http://youtu.be/FBZFw8OfwuI

    April 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      fine display of hindu secular ism, filthy self center ism, monkey ism, way of hindus ignorant s to spew their hinduism absurdities about followers of truth absolute.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
    • ...

      muslim loser

      April 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
    • clarity

      Hey Sam B, that's a pretty cool dance – can you teach me that one?

      April 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
  4. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    see my Mohammad hampering a male goat, thank you thank you thank you British musium

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    April 11, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
  5. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    EPIC HISTORY OF BIRTH OF HINDUS IGNORANT S AND THEIR HINDU SECULAR ISM.
    In hindu dark ages, a woman was laying in bed, while her husband was away, she was having her lust pleasing dreams in hindu secular ism, filthy self center ism of enjoying company of her husband in bed in a hindu darkened cave, a hindu filthy languor, secular daddy of hindu hanuman, stupid monkey, secular, every hindu believes to be their god saw her moaning and took advantage of her, her husband came back and had relationship , but she had already been pregnant by hindu crook languor, filthy secular. She never told her husband of the indecent, time of child birth her husband took her to a medicine man for deliver, and waited for hours, while he heard wild noises from inside delivery cave. Finally medicine man came out of cave sweating and all bruised, her husband rushed to him, and asked about wellbeing of his wife and child, boy or a girl, medicine man could not answer, while he was trying to figure out way to explain, finally he put himself together and started to explain mystery of his child birth. AS HE STATED , RIGHT AFTER BIRTH, CHILD JUMPED AND CLUNG TO CEILING OF THE CAVE, HIM AND HIS ASSISTANT WERE TRYING HARD TO CATCH CHILD FOR S GENDER IDENTIFICATION, BUT TO NO VIALS, AFTER HOURS THEY GAVE UP.
    Child of hindu crook Languor, secular from a woman was called Bujrungbhali, meaning ruler of his own limit, a hindu secular, stupid self centered, he matted with his own half kind, hindu monkeys and donkeys, stupid secular s, self centered animals and multiplied enormously,
    Living by hindu secular ism, self center ism, kenjer ism, today his progeny claims their linage from Monkeys AND DONKEYS, stupid secular s As their maternal gods. So much so, producers of Gorge of the Jungle movie borrowed concept from inception of hindus, ignorant and made a lot of money.
    Every letter of a word has meanings of its own, seeds to grow crop of words for humanity to communicate. From seeds of letters, blocks are created and than blocks are combined to create words to communicate intentions of a person. Word ATHEIST MEANS, A SELF CENTERED, DENIER OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE, OR A PERSON CLAIMING HIMSELF TO BE TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD, A HINDU SHAMAN, A CROOK SPEAKING BY HIS SOUL, DESIRE, NOT OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE OF A MATTER. Atheism is not of human, but in line with mind set of a animals. Following words are best example to identify Atheism.
    DOG
    Letter D, means, THE. Vowel O, represents, QUANTIFIED AND Letter G is result of one s intention from his mind and heart. Sounded Ga. meaning a secular, self centered by intention in opposition to truth absolute by intention. or an atheist,
    MONKEY
    Letter M means essence or choice of an intention, Vowel O represents Quantified. Letter N means enshrined or established. Letter K identifies function of a noun. Vowel E represents unity of an adjective and a noun in essence. Letter Y means Ye, from heart and mind, base of word Yes. Meaning by self choice, with dis regard to truth absolute, a Secular, self centered or an atheist,
    DONKEY
    Letter D, means THE, Vowel O means QUANTIFIED, Letter N means established or enshrined. Letter K identifies function of a noun. Vowel E represents unity of an adjective and a noun in essence. Letter Y means Ye, from heart and mind, base of word Yes. Meaning by self choice, with dis regard to truth absolute, a Secular, self centered or an atheist,
    As a matter of fact, word ANIMAL means nothing else, but a atheist, self centered or denier of truth absolute.
    Atheism, self center ism is way of animals and hindrance negativity to truth absolute GOD, foundation of consti tution of USA and universe and source for existence of everything in existence, otherwise known as constant.
    Atheism is way of hindus, deniers of truth absolute, not of human, but animals observed by pot head hindu Swamis, ignorant goons, secular, self centered by their hindu soul, filthy desire and foundation of hinduism racism of hindu dark ages.

    April 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
    • Answer

      S-c-u-m post, Islam.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
    • clarity

      "Letter D, means, THE. Vowel O, represents, QUANTIFIED AND Letter G is result of "

      Oh – don't worry – it's just SamB from AGT – he was somehow able to take the letter "i" out of "Sam" on that show (go to 1:20):

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pANuw4IXrEs

      April 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      http://youtu.be/FBZFw8OfwuI

      April 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm |
  6. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    Posted With Intent To Educate Non-Muslims Bloggers

    EPIC HISTORY OF BIRTH OF MOHAMMAD IGNORANT S AND THEIR SUNNI SECULAR ISM.
    In Islam ism dark ages, a woman, mother of soon to be known as Mohammad, was laying in bed, naked, while her goat shephard husband was away, she was having her lust pleasing dreams in Satan living next door secular ism, filthy self center ism of enjoying company of her Satan neighbor in bed in a Madinah darkened cave, filthy Satan, secular pet of her, stupid laid a foundation of illegality called Islam, secular, every street thugs believes to be their prophet, Satan saw her moaning and took advantage of her, her poor husband came back and had relationship , but she had already been pregnant by Satan, filthy secular. She never told her husband of the indecent, time of child birth her husband took her to a medicine man for deliver, and Mohammad was delivered in a stable filled with Satans, pretending to be male goats

    April 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm |
    • Answer

      Islam, s-c-u-m.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hinduism, absurdity follower of a hindu secular ism, monkey ism, rap ist of his sister ram.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
    • Answer

      S-c-u-m is s-c-u-m, Islam.

      April 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
  7. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    April 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Islamism is not healthy for children and other living things too, goon

      April 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hindusim absurdity of hindu, looser, defend your hindu secular ism, filthy self center ism, way of hindu animals, ignorant secular s by nature, if you have any education, knowledge, than to be spewing your hindu secular ism, filthy monkey ism, about Muslims and Islam, rest assured, hindu secular s have nothing to defend hindu secular ism, denial of truth absolute, but they act lie their hindu god monkey, stupid secular to make a point.

      April 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
    • Dippy's sub

      It's "LOSER," you backward sh!thead.

      April 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm |
    • Thought Purification

      shut up wahabi kenjer kutta, go and smell your father Surjeet's hind

      April 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Duppy Doo, I use Wahabi english, now go to hind

      April 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm |
  8. Islamblows

    Islam is a stupid fraud

    April 11, 2013 at 9:08 pm |
  9. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    Newtown clergy filthy secular s, denier of truth absolute Tin foil Allah, who cars disapprove of hindu Senate on guns, every one must thank Islam and use and abuse of Islam, by miss quoting parts of Quran, as has been the case from Wahabbi dark ages. Science proves GUN control by verses of Quran, about creation, and there is nothing wrong to publish it, as you hind, object. Process of creation is detailed in many parts of Quran, and it is duty of every Muslim to publish it, any where any time. Second. Islam is not a religion, but Theen Allah, consti tution of truth absolute, a way of life, nor I have looked down on any one, but hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindus, deniers of truth absolute, no one need to respect hinduism, criminality, nor a Muslim must have objection to it, such as you. Please have detailed study of Islam, than to be a Muslim, just by religion, hinduism corruption of truth absolute by hindu crook kings to justify hinduism racism, to deny human equality, granted the La. limit of truth absolute. Allah the merciful. Prove me wrong, with truth, not by your soul, desire. If you have any in you.

    April 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      by monkey ism secular ism of human kind, a hindu secular, stupid monkey from hindered zoo of hindu secular ism, filthy self center ism, monkey ism called india.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
    • Thought Purification

      Shut up you haramee son of Surjeet, Wahabi kenjer kutta

      April 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • Islamblows

      Everyone hates Muslims and Allah the fake

      April 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • Islamblows

      Allah blows pigs

      April 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm |
    • Islamblows

      Mohammad gets banged in the butt by .....pigs!

      April 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      wrong you hindu, on all account, Mohammad used male goats, see yourself on british library

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      April 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • ..

      That's Indian, you freaking moron. Get a clue. Look at the pedigree. It's INDIAN! Moron. Do you even look at the links you provide?

      April 12, 2013 at 12:38 am |
  10. Name*penguin

    Background checks would not have prevented any of the mass shootings. They may prevent some people from getting guns, but the overall efficacy of background check laws can't be determined (one can never know whether a person denied a gun would have commited a gun crime had he been able to purchase one). Passing a background check will, however, make those who favor gun control feel good about their efforts to pass SOMETHING. The only way to even have a chance to decrease the chance of a mass shooting happening is to eliminate high capacity assault weapons and limit the size of the magazines. Unfortunately, such laws will never get passed.

    April 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Cause of murder is hindu secular ism of hindu secular criminal self centered human, not the guns, out law hindu secular ism, criminal self center ism, denial of truth absolute GOD, foundation of America, to stop hinduism criminality by hindu secular criminal self centered human.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
  11. Thought Purification

    @ISLAM/Yakobi/Mohammad A. Dar, you are a curse on Pakistan, like your Harammi son of Yazid, you wahabi kenjer kutta, if Musharraf comes to power, we will find you, dog.

    April 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hinduism absurdity of a hindu secular, filthy self centered ID thief, one believer in hindu secular ism, atheism, denial of truth absolute does not belong to humanity, but of his own kind, hindu Monkeys, ignorant secular s, deniers of truth absolute, reason for hinduism, illegality on earth. a hindu secular denire of truth absolute may look like a human, but not any different than a hindu animal. ignorant self centered by nature.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • Thought Purification

      shut up you Haramee (out of wedlock) son of Yazid I, kunjer wahabi kutta, Musharraf will hand your ass.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
  12. jonat

    Most killed were blacks by other blacks and they didn't buy their guns legally so the gun bill would not have saved any of them

    April 11, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
    • Rich

      How do you figure that? They likely bought them somewhere, like from someone who bought them legally. In other words, you seem to be implying that persons who buy guns legally sell them to persons they know cannot buy them – a straw purchaser. But we know real gun owners would never do such a thing, correct? When, in fact, they do it all the time. Guns aren't the problem, gun owners are.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      @Jonat, Thanks for use and abuse of Islam, by miss quoting parts of Quran, as has been the case from hindu dark ages. Science proves verses of Quran, about creation, and there is nothing wrong to publish it, as you hind, object. Process of creation is detailed in many parts of Quran, and it is duty of every Muslim to publish it, any where any time. Second. Islam is not a religion, but Theen Allah, consti tution of truth absolute, a way of life, nor I have looked down on any one, but hinduism, denial of truth absolute by hindus, deniers of truth absolute, no one need to respect hinduism, criminality, nor a Muslim must have objection to it, such as you. Please have detailed study of Islam, than to be a Muslim, just by religion, hinduism corruption of truth absolute by hindu crook kings to justify hinduism racism, to deny human equality, granted the La. limit of truth absolute. Allah the merciful. Prove me wrong, with truth, not by your soul, desire. If you have any in you.

      April 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
    • ..

      Are you out of your mind, Hindubot? Where did jonat say anything about Islam at all, you degerate? Shut UP already, moron. You lack any common sense whatsoever, you goat porking pig.
      Fucking illiterate asshat. You know nothing about the Qu'ran at ALL do you?? Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.

      April 11, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      double filthy dots of dog s balls, jonat is a muslim word for Heaven, in Arabic it is pronounced as Junat, a place to enjoy 72 hoors, American english filthy denier of truth absolute slag it to jonat, he must know Quran, before he open his hindu mouth, now get lost goon

      April 11, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hindu monkey, crook secular at his work, he does the best like his hindu god monkey, stupid secular, hind cheat, hind cheat and hind, cheat.

      April 11, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      .. and all, don't push me over the edge or I start poking my goats, goons

      April 11, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
  13. Name*jermaine

    The Senator represents west Virginia not Virginia

    April 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • Saint Bro'Dee Walker

      That's West Virginia. Capital "W" but I am glad you caught that.
      Too many idiots in this country haven't a clue there is a state called West Virginia.

      April 11, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
  14. talyah keul

    until I saw the paycheck 4 $8512, I have faith ...that...my best friend was truley bringing home money part time from their laptop.. there dads buddy haz done this 4 only about 19 months and by now took care of the depts on there place and bought Fiat Panda. go to............. ZOO80. ℂom

    April 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      we muslims are hiring terrorists too, no money, but 72 hoors guaranteed on other side of the word.

      April 11, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
  15. Dizzyd

    What is wrong with you ppl? This is serious! Go play 'idiot brigade' somewhere else! This inc. YOU, pretend Muslim. Calling ppl of another belief names makes YOU look like a moron.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      what is wrong with you, moron means nothing else but a hindu secular, self centered, so does word pig, what is wrong to call them by their real designation, than to call them by alias they use to hind fool others.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
    • sam

      Bug off, fake muslim! Go back to your idiot racist boards, yakobi.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
    • STFU

      @Mohammad A. Dog, STFU, wash hand you filth of islam

      April 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  16. henry

    i do not want background checks. stop promoting that ficticious percentage.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Henry,

      so that's you then. At least one in 300,000,000. Are you familar with how fractions work?

      April 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm |
    • sam

      No one gives a shit what you want.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      What do you have to hide, henry?

      April 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm |
    • Independentthoughts

      I agree a poll of 2,000 people is not and accurate portrayal of the 100s of millions in this country

      April 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Independentthoughts

      Expert in statistics are you.

      If you were, you would know that a sample size of 2,000 from a population of 300,000,000 with a 92% outcome would have a confidence interval of ±1.19%.

      Not bad eh?

      April 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      Oh, with a confidence level of 95%

      April 11, 2013 at 7:08 pm |
  17. CS

    Somthing funny happened to me today, and then I woke up from my dream.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      You wer being chased by a pot head hindu sanatan, hor – ny man god of hindus ignorant s from a hindu temple, dungeon of hinduism illegality, hope he was not able to bless you from your hind, every hindu secular, ignorant self centered has to go through to be a pure hindu secular, stupid self centered in his life time.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
    • CS

      Oh yeah. Thank you Islamabot.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
  18. gijames1225

    Have to admit, I'm not impressed with this group of clergy. They are either very intellectually shortsighted and inept or malicious. You ought not take away fundamental human rights from people. That should be common sense to anybody with a brain an ounce of reasoning capacity. Clergy should be better educated in philosophy and critical thinking apparently.

    April 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      What "fundamental human rights" do they want to "take away"?

      April 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Rights a limits, limits are duties and duties a responsibility, responsibility are liabilities, NO RESPONSIBILITIES, NO RIGHTS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. TO OWN A GUN IS A RIGHT GUARANTEED BY TRUTH ABSOLUTE GOD, FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION, HINDU SECULAR S, CRIMINAL SELF CENTERED, DENIERS OF TRUTH ABSOLUTE HAVE NO RIGHT TO TAKE IT AWAY.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • gijames1225

      Principally the 2nd Amendment is founded on the right to own property, which is normally considered a fundamental human right, hence why most cultures think stealing is objectively wrong.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm |
    • sam

      Hey gijames – I'll believe that stack of bullshit the moment you care whether they've been squashing other, more genuine, civil rights.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • sam

      Hey Mohammad:

      ....................../´¯/)
      ....................,/¯../
      .................../..../
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      April 11, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @gijames1225

      Actually the 2nd amendment does not have any roots in the English common law property rights that the founders were familiar with.

      The 'right to arms' has roots that date back to the English Bill of Rights, enacted with Royal consent by William and Mary after the Glorious Revolution in 1689 (1688 Julian). These rights applied equally to Englishmen in North America.

      Bill of Rights, 1688
      Subjects’ Arms.
      That the Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defence suitable to their Conditions and as allowed by Law.

      It was purely religious in intent and was an unalloyed product of the wars of the reformation, whose primary purpose was the defense of a religious state wedded to the divine right of Kings.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
    • sam

      Also, people who use 'hence' tend to think it makes them look smart, but actually it's a red flag for doucheitis.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      show of hindu secular ism, filthy monkey ism, same as expected from a hindu monkey ignorant secular by faith.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
    • sam

      You're Pakistan's finest, huh, hindu troll?

      April 11, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
  19. Ken Margo

    These same clergy support the very same republicans that pushed this garbage. This would be a good time for the catholic church to take a stand and stop supporting candidates that pushed this garbage bill.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
    • Bob1god

      Ken, republicants have no shadows & no brains.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
  20. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    hinduism absurdity of hindu secular s, stupid self centered, guns do not kill people, but hindus ignorant s in denial of truth absolute, in following of their hindu secular ism, criminal self center ism, live by truth absolute like human in life and give up hindu monkey ism, criminal atheism, self center ism, no one will need a gun to have.

    April 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
    • Answer

      Islam, blah. Ignore, Islam, junk.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Oh, do stop. You make no fucking sense. I hope you don't have access to guns.
      Try to sell your bull to your brethren. Especially those whose finger is already poised on a trigger. Idiot.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Display of hindu secular ism, stupid monkey ism by followers of hindu Baboon ism, ignorant secular ism by faith from hindered gutter of hindu secular ism, ignorant monkey ism called india. a zoo of human looking hindu Monkeys, stupid secular s.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • sam

      Truth absolute, Mohammad, is that if you had more -asms you'd probably stop being such a bitch and needing so many -isms.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Truth is, you're a moron. Fuck off, troll. You add nothing to the conversation except gibberish.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      My contribution is best of all, hindu secular ism, criminal self center ism is not of human, but borrowed from hindu animals, ignorant secular s, self centered by their nature, an hind insult to be follower of hindu secular ism, self center ism, foundation of hinduism, illegality by hindus criminals, This site is for human, not for hindu animals, ignorant secular s of the zoo.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • STFU

      STFU you idiot goat diddler.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      hinduism, absurdity of a hindu secular, ignorant self centered, like his god monkey.

      April 11, 2013 at 5:50 pm |
    • sam

      Suck it, Mohammad.

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      April 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
    • Mrs. Pepperpot

      Your contribution is dick. You have made no contribution, all you to is speak rubbish. My Muslim friends laugh at you. Your whole fake persona sucks as bad as you do.
      Go blow yourself up, you stinking unwashed asshole. At least blow your fingers off so we don't have to read your unmitigated garbage anymore.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Some more hind, stink of a hindu skunk, filthy stinky by faith, no wonder they took you out of a zoo, hindu secular, filthy skunk by faith.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
    • sam

      Creepy dumbass.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Wrong number, sorry, no hindu dombass here, ring up a zoo, it is full of hindu secular,ignorant dombass monkeys secular s to give you accompany.

      April 11, 2013 at 7:01 pm |
    • sam

      You can't even spell 'dumbass'? Why am I not surprised?

      April 11, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
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