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Struggle for gun rights intensifies

July 9, 2009 by  

Struggle for gun rights intensifies As the Obama administration’s efforts to limit access to guns continue to pit different interest groups against each other, a pastor has urged members of his congregation to bring their guns to church.

Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky, recently urged his flock to wear or carry their firearms into the sanctuary to "celebrate our rights as Americans," according to the New York Times.

"God and guns were part of the foundation of this country," he says, quoted by the newspaper.

"I don’t see any contradiction in this. Not every Christian denomination is pacifist," he stresses.

Meanwhile, in a sign that the ideological conflict between supporters and opponents of gun rights is far from abating, state legislatures across the country have rejected bills that would make it obligatory for colleges and universities to allow students to carry loaded, hidden handguns on campuses.

According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, by the end of the current legislative session, a total of 22 states rejected 34 bills to that effect.

Moreover, as Andy Pelosi, president of GunFreeKids.org and head of The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus, points out, "College students are joining the fight for a safer America and as history demonstrates, the important social movements in our country have always been fueled by young people."

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