Bishop Blaire Disappointed by Senate Gun Control Failure

WASHINGTON—The chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed “deep disappointment in the Senate’s failure to support reasonable regulations to reduce gun violence in our nation” in an April 18 letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
 
“The USCCB has been working with other faith leaders and organizations urging Congress to support legislation that builds a culture of life by promoting policies that reduce gun violence and save people’s lives in homes and communities throughout our nation,” wrote Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California. “In the wake of tragic events such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, the failure to support even modest regulations on firearms is a failure in moral leadership to promote policies which protect and defend the common good.”
 
The U.S. Senate failed to pass amendments to the Senate’s gun violence legislation (S. 649) that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases, increased penalties for gun trafficking, reinstituted an assault weapons ban and imposed restrictions on civilian access to high capacity ammunition magazines. Bishop Blaire noted that many of the provisions of the bill enjoyed bipartisan support.
 
“Though we are disappointed, we will continue our efforts to work with Congress and other people of good will to advocate for policies that create a safer and more peaceful society,” Bishop Blaire wrote.
 
The full text of Bishop Blaire’s letter is available here.
 
Additional information on the U.S. bishops’ advocacy on gun violence prevention is available here.
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Virginia Edman
4 years 7 months ago
"the failure to support even modest regulations on firearms is a failure in moral leadership to promote policies which protect and defend the common good.” So true, and good of Bishop Blaire to write to Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell and tell them of his disappointment. The President of the United States could benefit from some encouragement from the bishops. He was disappointed too.
Daniel Delger
4 years 7 months ago
There are dozens of laws on books already. These are strict . The problem is the government does not enforce existing laws. They fail in most cases to enforce Fedral Gun laws in places like Chicago and La . When people commit crimes with guns the law is not enforced to its fullest extent. I feel this is the Feds choice they want to get rid of guns. At the same time the feds are arming to the teeth. And let illegals with records hang out and pay them to stay. Who knows how many terrorist drug lords murders and rapist are out there? Dont worry it's all good .Our Anti Catholic government we Catholics voted on mass for ,is ready to protect the heck out of us. And look our Biships love them.
J.R. Hochstedt
4 years 7 months ago
I hope the bishops will work on a strong statement concerning the indifference to life expressed by the gun lobby which places '2nd amendment rights' above concern for the safety of innocents who are endangered in discharges & exchanges of weapons' fire. It's clear from Church teaching that self-defense doesn't permit one to have or use weapons that, even in expert hands, can cause severe injury and death to many persons, not just the assailant.
Daniel Delger
4 years 7 months ago
What makes you think the "Gun lobby" is not for citizens protecting themselves. The government is opportunistically using issues and situations that Gun Control had no effect on. These people had no permits . The government just wants everyone dependent on them. Me I depend on God don't own a gun. But I won't object to law abiding citizens owning guns.List the gun owners ha ha. Robers wont't go there.The government by not enforcing existing laws,drug,gun crimes and allowing abortions kills more people than legitimate gone owners more than 1000 to 1.. And self defense is not immoral the government is check it out.
Solvitur Ambulando
4 years 7 months ago
It is a sad day when one realizes that he or she needs not a criminal background check to purchase a gun but needs one to distribute the Body of Christ. How have we become so out of tune?
Caroline Dwight
4 years 3 months ago
In my own opinion, this strategy will not be fully implemented if the people or the officer in charge will not serve as a role model to his constituents. As an adage goes, "To be a good LEADER, you must be a good FOLLOWER first." Teamwork is also an additional asset in fulfilling the goal. Life really does mimic art sometimes. For instance, more than a decade ago, comic Chris Rock suggested in a stand-up routine that if bullets were made too expensive, there would be much fewer shootings. Cook County, Illinois, seems to agree, which is why that region, which Chicago occupies, is proposing a bullet tax that would help defray the costs of crime. Source for this article: are there any real payday loans

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