Minnesota Faith Summit To Prevent Gun Violence

Nov 14th, 2015

On Thursday, November 12 over 100 faith leaders of all faiths across Minnesota gathered together to learn, discuss, pray, and act to prevent future bloodshed from gun violence. This was the kick-off event to start a conversation in our faith communities about passing criminal-background-check legislation in Minnesota.  Eighteen other states have passed this legislation and have seen significant reductions in the level of gun violence. The plan is supportive of gun rights, but advocates that rights also carry responsibilities, including making sure that as a society, we keep guns out of the hands of people who will misuse them. Our Catholic Bishops have been very vocal on this issue.  After the Sandy Hook shooting, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote: 

“The events in Newtown call us to turn to our Lord in prayer and to witness more profoundly Christ's perfect love, mercy and compassion. We must confront violence with love…

In their memory and for the sake of our nation, we reiterate our call made in 2000, in our statement, Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration: A Catholic Perspective on Crime and Criminal Justice, for all Americans, especially legislators, to:

1. Support measures that control the sale and use of firearms.

2. Support measures that make guns safer (especially efforts that prevent their unsupervised use by children and anyone other than the owner.)

3. Call for sensible regulations of handguns.

4. Support legislative efforts that seek to protect society from the violence associated with easy access to deadly weapons including assault weapons.

5. Make a serious commitment to confront the pervasive role of addiction and mental illness in crime.

As we long for the arrival of the Prince of Peace…, we call on all people of goodwill to help bring about a culture of life and peace.”  

http://www.usccb.org/news/2012/12-219.cfm

Peace & Justice Committee