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Responding to Gun Violence

We live in a society marked strongly by the violence of war, violence to people through poverty and a sense of powerlessness and alienation, violence to earth, sea, and sky – violence that is truly cosmic. In response we commit ourselves to grow more deeply toward a nonviolent way of being and acting as peacemakers.

     (Seeds of Peace Chapter Act: Growing in Nonviolence)

 

We organize using the social and political systems at our disposal to end the rising crescendo of gun violence. If everyone has a right to a gun, then no one has an "unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The current gun culture leads to people living in fear which benefits only the gun manufacturers and their profit-seeking lobbyists. We believe no citizen should have access to a military assault weapon, and we understand that such a belief is open to objection, but that should only lead to an open, hopefully constructive national dialogue, not escalating sales of assault rifles.

     (CSJP Leadership Team Statement, From Violence to Peace)

 

There is much to mourn, but mourning is not enough. Prayers and condolences are not enough. The killing must stop. It is well past time that we enacted sensible gun violence prevention legislation. This is not about protecting the second amendment. It is about protecting the most precious resource we have, the gift of life.

We call our elected officials to immediately take up legislation that:

  •  requires universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods for all gun purchases;
  •  bans civilian ownership of high-capacity weapons and magazines; and
  •  makes gun trafficking a federal crime.

We commend the young people of Parkland for taking up the important work of gun violence prevention. We will stand with you as you advocate for legislation that will save lives. 

   (LCWR Statement, Mourning is Not Enough)

 

Join us each Tuesday in our Weekly Peace Prayer, from wherever you are.

 

Read a reflection by Sister Susan Francois, CSJP on gun violence and social sin on Global Sisters Report: Parkland Shooting is a Social Sin.

Responding to Gun Violence

"The prophet does not compel, but asks people to see themselves, the world, and God in a new way."

Dorothy Vidulich, CSJP