|Cardinal Tobin: Pray for an end to all instances of violence|
|My dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Today’s news is dominated by senseless mass shootings that take the lives of innocent people, often the most vulnerable and unprotected. Gun violence has become so prevalent that it risks becoming commonplace, and all of us are in danger of becoming indifferent to what is one of the most serious threats to our society (neighborhoods, local communities and our nation as a whole). For many years now, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called for action banning assault weapons. In the bishops’ 2020 statement, A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence” (see below), the bishops write, “We support measures that control the sale and use of firearms and make them safer (especially efforts that prevent their unsupervised use by children or anyone other than the owner), and we reiterate our call for sensible regulation of handguns.” I strongly agree with my brother bishops on the need to ban assault weapons and to control gun sales.|
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