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Mar 12th, 2016
Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor
“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.”
~United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Be SMART for Kids
Let’s Kick Start a Conversation about Kids, Guns, and Safety. On Monday, Feb. 29 the Peace & Justice Committee co-hosted an event with APO (Annunciation Parents Organization) on this topic in the Annunciation School Auditorium. We heard many shocking statistics along with sage advice on how to keep our kids safe in friends’ homes and our own homes. The information is from the Be SMART for Kids campaign and was presented by two speakers affiliated with Moms Demand Action. “Every year, at least 100 children age 17 and under die in unintentional shootings, and over 400 die by suicide with a gun. Many of these deaths are entirely preventable with responsible gun storage. We know we can keep our kids safer by introducing these five easy steps to parenting and everyday life:
S - Secure guns in homes and vehicles.
M - Model responsible behavior.
A - Ask about unsecured guns in other homes.
R - Recognize the risks of teen suicide.
T - Tell your peers to be SMART.” For more information and resources, please go to http://besmartforkids.org/ To sign up for a parish home’s “Moms Demand Action House Party” on March 20, 3-5pm, contact Sister Sue at 612-824-9993 X251.
To learn more about the Catholic Church’s position on preventing gun violence, here are some resources:
- Minnesota Catholic Conference: http://www.mncc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/15.0105_MCC-2015-16-Legislative-Principles-FINAL1.pdf
- US Conference of Catholic Bishops (2 resources): http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/violence/upload/2013-02-Violence-Backgrounder-FINAL.pdf http://www.usccb.org/news/2012/12-219.cfm
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