The most recent horrendous events again reaffirm that America suffers a gun violence epidemic. We stand with the many who grieve these tragic deaths. We pray with the families. And we support public policies that reduce death and injury from gun violence.
Gun violence is a complex issue. Many areas need to be addressed. As a beginning, in solidarity with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, we call on our elected leaders to promptly enact legislation that:
- bans assault weapons
- requires universal background checks for all gun sales,
- provides funding for gun violence prevention research, and
- makes the trafficking in weapons a federal crime.
We commend those who have worked tirelessly to prevent gun violence and we join them in their efforts to advocate for policies that promote human dignity by protecting life.
Blessings in Christ,
Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary