Gun violence is obviously a Respect Life issue that touches all of us as individuals with families and friends. Like other life, issues we must take a position as Catholics and let our position be heard.
The US Bishops have a long history raising gun violence as an important life issue. They have often voiced their support for gun legislation, not only to the faithful, but also to Congress. Over 6 years ago, they wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee saying that: “The Church has been a consistent voice for the promotion of peace at home and around the world and a strong advocate for the reasonable regulation of firearms. Simply put, guns are too easily accessible. We have an obligation to respond. Violence - in our homes, our schools and streets, our nation and world - is destroying the lives, dignity and hopes of millions of our sisters and brothers. We support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and make them safer...and we reiterate our call for sensible regulation of handguns.”
The USCCB joined “46 other national religious leaders in signing the letter of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence. The letter urges Congress to support policies that:
- Require universal background check for all gun purchases;
- Limit access to high capacity weapons and ammunition magazines;
- Make gun trafficking a federal crime, and;
- Improve access to mental health care for those who may be prone to violence.
Sadly, 6 years later, Catholic groups are still calling for the same legislation along with new calls to:
- allow federal funding for gun research,
- preventing hate crime and domestic violence offenders from having access to guns.
I realize some will not agree with the Church’s position on gun violence, but I believe it is important for all of us to be aware of the Church’s position. As always I am happy to dialogue with anyone who wishes to do so, it is my honor.
Please take time to enjoy the beauty around you and appreciate it in the same way Jesus did as he walked the earth.
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,