Fairfield County gun buying spree flies in face of religious teachings

Rod Lopez-Fabrega

NORWALK, Conn. – Can there be more depressing news on the threshold of Easter, Christianity’s most sacred observance, and Passover, a time of celebration for Jews, than the recent article by Matt Kiernan in The Hour that pistol permit applications have “skyrocketed” in Fairfield County?

He explains that “Since December 2012, police departments in towns such as Redding and Ridgefield [and Norwalk] have had double or even triple the number of people coming in to apply for pistol permits than the previous year.”  That’s an increase of 28 percent in Redding, 47 percent in Ridgefield and 47 percent in Norwalk.

In Stamford, the percentages are even more interesting, “The Stamford Police Department has received a total of 334 applications so far this year,” the article states. “That number nearly matches all of 2012’s 419 applications. ‘That’s like an explosion,’  said Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin.”

In affluent Weston, the police department reports that, “It’s taken four less months for the number of permit applications in Weston to surpass last year’s figures,” according to the article.

And that is just a sampling of what’s going on here in placid, affluent, church-going Fairfield County. Is this what was meant by our founders when they mentioned a “well regulated militia”? Did Jesus Christ or the Buddha or Father Abraham or Mohammed recommend that their followers be constantly armed to ward off offenders with big rocks, knives, spears, swords, pistols or bazookas or whatever instruments of destruction might be available to their time and place?

I think not. That is why, as a civilized society and taking into account the vagaries of the human spirit, we have elected instead to have an official military, a state militia, competent police throughout and that is why all our religions attempt to teach us self control and restraint in all things and compassion and understanding for the unstable amongst us.

What is wrong with us?  Is our society so tense and paranoid that citizens choose to arm themselves and be prepared to live their entire lives under tenuous and fragile restraints – too often lost to passionate impulses – to commit mayhem at any real or imagined provocation?

We need to think about it before we continue to arm ourselves.

Happy Easter, Joyous Passover, Allah be with you, Blessings from the Buddha, Welcome Spring or whatever…

Rod Lopez-Fabrega


10 responses to “Fairfield County gun buying spree flies in face of religious teachings”

  1. Sherelle Harris

    I’m wondering if the gun debate might go one step further to also approach the FCC about what is allowed on radio and television in general and/or specifically before 10:00 pm. http://www.fcc.gov/guides/obscenity-indecency-and-profanity For what it is worth, we might want to take a stab (no pun intended) at some of the violent video games. This way, we not only patch the tree, but stop the flow of bad things being fed to it.

  2. M. Murray

    That one step further would be te 1st amendment, not the 2nd

  3. Tim T

    This just goes to show how sick the far right pro gun group is.

  4. Yes, sick enough of all the threats to the second amendment…

  5. Tim T

    Irish Girl
    If you actually read the 2nd amendment it does not give the individual the right to have guns.

  6. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

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  7. Tim T

    Irish Girl

    As I said the 2nd amendment does not give the individual the right to have guns.

    Here is the definition of what a militia is

    The role of militia, also known as military service and duty, in the United States is complex and has transformed over time.[1] The term militia can be used to describe any number of groups within the United States. Primarily, these fall into:
    The organized militia created by the Militia Act of 1903, which split from the 1792 Uniform Militia forces, and consist of State militia forces, notably the National Guard and the Naval Militia.[2] The National Guard however, is not to be confused with the National Guard of the United States, which is a federally recognized reserve military force, although the two are linked.


  8. The rigt of the people to keep and bear arms…

  9. Tim T

    Irish Girl
    That Right of the people to keep and bear arms is the right within the milita and not the individual. If our founding fathers wanted it to extended to the individual they would have said that . I think they were smart enough to understand this.

  10. Tim T,
    Our founding fathers are rolling around in their graves right that they fought for rights that the weak liberal minds are giving up so easily.

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