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placeholder  January 21, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
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"The right to own guns is not an absolute right. As a personal right it always has to be balanced with the legitimate rights of other people and with protecting the common good. That's a principle that applies to all individual freedoms. … For example, we're guaranteed the right to free speech, but it's not an absolute right. … As a society we need always to achieve a proper balance between individual freedom and the common good. … It's time for our nation, state and local governments to enact legislation that will severely limit the number and nature of firearms available to the general public."

— Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, writing in the Jan. 3 issue of the Rhode Island Catholic, the diocesan newspaper.


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