Author: Nancy Grogan

The Duty of Catholics to Speak Out on Gun Violence

As Catholics and as American citizens, we have both the privilege and the obligation to participate in the democratic process in a way which reflects our spiritual values.   In an increasingly complex world, our obligation to educate and inform the conscience remains primary.  We look to both Scripture and to Tradition on issues such as poverty, war, social justice, marriage and family, immigration, care… Read more →

Federal Law – Statutes and Judicial Interpretation

The key federal decision interpreting the Second Amendment is District of Columbia v. Heller¹.  In it, the Supreme Court struck down Washington D.C. laws prohibiting handgun possession and requiring that firearms in the home be stored unloaded and disassembled or locked at all times.  The Court held for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to… Read more →

Gun Violence Epidemic

Summary of Gun Violence Statistics in America ¹ Although mass shootings receive the most media attention, over 100,000 people are victims of a gunshot wounds every year, and of these, 30,000 are killed.  In 2010, firearms killed 31, 672 people in the U.S., including 11,078 homicides, 19, 392 suicides, and 606 unintentional firearm deaths.  In 2011, guns were used to… Read more →