A Catholic Case for the Second Amendment, by Sean Fitzpatrick

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By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine, July 14, 2020

Sean Fitzpatrick is a senior contributor to Crisis. He’s graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and the Headmaster of Gregory the Great Academy. He lives in Scranton, Penn. with his wife and family of four.

Sean FitzpatrickThe Fourth of July weekend in Chicago had more to do with firearms than fireworks, with 49 shootings, 60 victims, and 14 fatalities. A 10-year-old girl was killed in her home by a stray bullet, shot through the head. A toddler was killed in his car seat by another stray bullet, shot through the chest. The Windy City, logging 324 murders for 2020 at the time of this writing, is reeling in a storm of reckless crime with tempers flaring, police retreating, and guns blazing. This spike of homicidal sickness can be seen in other major U.S. cities as well.

Just two days ago, a one-year-old boy was shot and killed at a cookout in a Brooklyn playground—one out of eleven shooting incidents on Sunday in New York City. In a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “It’s never just about police. It has to be about police and community together. We have to always remember the good people fighting back.”  ….