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"... Americans today possess about 300 million firearms. No one can be under the illusion that limiting their number and use would be enough to impede horrendous massacres ... But it would be much worse if we were to satisfy ourselves with only words. And if the massacres are carried out by people with mental illness or distorted by hate, there is no doubt that they are carried out with arms. Forty-seven religious leaders of various confessions and religions have issued a call to American politicians to limit firearms ... I’m with them. ... Therefore, it is necessary to repeat tirelessly our calls for disarmament, to oppose the production, trade and smuggling of arms of all types, fueled by dishonourable interests for power of financial gain… Peace is born from the heart, but it will be easier to achieve if we have fewer weapons in hand.” - Vatican Radio, 1/19/2013

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"For many years, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been urging our leaders to explore and adopt reasonable policies to help curb gun violence," Bishop Frank Dewan, of the Diocese of Venice, Fla., said. "The recent and shocking events in Las Vegas [and Sutherland Springs] remind us of how much damage can be caused when weapons - particularly weapons designed to inflict extreme levels of bloodshed - too easily find their way into the hands of those who would wish to use them to harm others." from America Magazine, November 27, 2017. ...

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Attorney Marvin Lim speaks about the call to dialogue on gun violence and the role which Catholic teaching can play in informing moral decisions surrounding gun ownership and the Second Amendment. Starts at 9:00 ...

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"I find my horror at these murders to be mixed with frustration and guilt - frustration that we as a country cannot seem to come together to do anything about this evil plague and guilt that I bear for being part of a culture that fosters such violence ...prayers for ourselves that we may as a country somehow find a way to have a meaningful dialogue about what is to be done to stop these mass shootings, with an openness to hear each other and to seriously consider new policies and laws to protect people from this horror."

Bishop Christopher Coyne of Burlington, Vermont, after the November 5 church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
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An intense poetry recitation, but worth hearing in its beautiful sadness and frustration. ...

Watch this spoken word poet brilliantly slam Congress for its inaction on gun reform (via IN-Q)

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