Washington • In a Senate floor speech Wednesday, Majority Leader Harry Reid cited LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson's urging to follow one's courage in conviction as the Mormon Democrat said he would support an assault weapons ban.
Reid, who didn't allow such a ban to be included in the main bill on gun control but now says he'll back an amendment to add it, quoted Monson's 1986 address to a General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about how courage is needed to say yes and no in life.
" 'Life's journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls and snares,' " Reid quoted Monson as saying. " 'Rather it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed. The courage to say no.' "