WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Catholics and American gun owners can find common ground against Obama on the right-to-life issue and unite against him on that very issue,” gun law expert John M. Snyder said here today.
Snyder called attention to a recent column in The Washington Post by Michael Gerson in which the writer declared that the Obama “war on religion is now formally declared.”
Snyder noted that, “Obama, through the Department of Health and Human Services, is trying to force Catholic institutions to pay for the distribution of abortion pills via health insurance against the Catholic conscience. According to Catholic doctrine, life begins at conception, and an attempt to force an individual to pay for an abortion is an attempt to force him or her to commit murder, to act against life itself.”
Snyder said that, “America’s gun owners generally have been wise to Obama since the get-go. Millions of Americans acquire firearms to defend themselves and others, to defend life itself. Obama’s Supreme Court justice appointees and other appointees frown on individual Second Amendment gun rights. They apparently cannot contemplate that people have a right to keep and bear arms in order to defend their lives and the lives of others should the need arise.”
“The individual right to keep and bear arms really is at root a right-to-life issue,” noted Snyder. “People have the right to the means necessary to defend life. What could fit this need more directly than a gun, especially a handgun?
“The right to keep and bear arms flows directly from the right to life. An attack on this right, on gun rights, is linked directly to an attack on the right-to-life itself at conception.
The rights that gun owners and right-to-lifers promote really are two sides of the same coin. Catholics and gun owners really battle for the same thing, the right to life, and the right to defend life, and the right to the means necessary to defend life.”
Snyder concluded that, “Obama is an enemy of the right to life and of the right to defend life. That’s why Catholic and gun owner ire is being directed against him. Obama has managed to unite people of religious conscience and people who own gun for self-defense against his presidency.”