Pinoys divided over stricter gun control laws in US

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jan 17 2013 10:44 AM | Updated as of Jan 17 2013 06:44 PM

DALY CITY, California - On the one month anniversary of the Connecticut school massacre, Filipino parishioners of the St. Andrew’s Church in Daly City, California said they are praying for a violence-free country.

All over America, Christians are divided over proposals for stricter gun control laws.

CNN cited a study by the Public Religion Research Institute which showed that among religions, Catholics have the most number of people who favor stricter gun control measures, at 62%.

But even among Catholics, kababayans are still divided over stricter gun control laws.

There are those who said that total gun ban on civilians is a must.

"Yung iba na may baril maaring malakas ang loob," said Cesar Calindog.

A parishioner, who did not want to be identified, said there has to be stricter implementation of a gun law. She said, “I hope that our system can really impose safety for everyone.”

But there are those who said people should not be deprived the second amendment right.

Fidela Bugarin said, “It really depends on the person using the gun. Sometimes you have to use guns for protection.”

So what does the Bible have to say about weapons? Father Piers Lahey, parish priest of the St. Andrew’s Church said, it’s clear Christ teaches people peaceful ways to deal with conflict.

“There is a wonderful image in the Book of the prophet Isaiah talks about the vision where spears, weapons will be turned into instruments of peace. I think for Christians around the world, there is a desire that there be peace.”

Father Lahey believes the problem goes beyond guns. He said, “You can stop the guns, you can control it maybe. But you cannot control the inner attitudes. There has to be healing."