As our nation continues to recover from the tragic mass shooting in Parkland and prepares for the next one with training, drills and simulations, the words of Pope Francis to the U.S. Congress in September 2015 resonate with us:
“Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood.”
As Sisters of St. Joseph, whose mission is rooted in peace and nonviolence, we call on our elected officials to act morally and justly to pass common sense gun measures which would:
- Ban assault-style firearms,
- Ban high-capacity magazines and bump stocks,
- Require universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods for all gun purchases.
As Sisters of St. Joseph, we see glimmers of hope for change. We are inspired by the courage of the young people of Parkland and across our nation and are grateful for their advocacy toward building a healthier society. We commit ourselves to standing with them on March 24th and beyond. We commend, too, Dick’s Sporting Goods for their public statement urging common sense gun reform and for taking steps toward creating safer communities.
As always, the Sisters of St. Joseph promise our continued prayers for all of those whose lives have been forever changed due to violence.
Sister Mary Pellegrino, CSJ