Pope Francis and Cardinal Cupich: Thoughts on Gun Controls

“What do we love more: our instruments of death or our future?”

People should be working now, the pope said, to ensure a similar tragedy can never happen again. In the U.S., his sentiment was shared by another senior Catholic leader: Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago.

“The Second Amendment did not come down from Sinai,” Cupich said via Twitter. “The right to bear arms will never be more important than human life. Our children have rights too. And our elected officials have a moral duty to protect them.”

The cardinal noted that research has shown the expired federal ban on certain rifles was effective in preventing the terror of mass shootings.

“As I reflect on this latest American massacre, I keep returning to the questions: Who are we as a nation if we do not act to protect our children? What do we love more: our instruments of death or our future?” Cupich asked.

There have been 27 school shootings so far this year in the U.S., according to Education Week, which tracks gun violence on K-12 school properties.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane Fritz
    May 25, 2022 @ 09:31:26

    So well said. And those are the school shootings. This past week or so also saw significant hate-motivated killings at a grocery store and a church. Where the ____ is the leadership to show Americans – forget the rest of the world – that America really does stand for moral values and human dignity, not just the “values” of money, consumerism, and violence. Horrifyingly, this increasing wave of belligerency to govt and anyone you don’t like is the latest example of American “cultural” to spread beyond its borders.



    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      May 25, 2022 @ 12:36:02

      America the shining city on the hill is sadly no more. Our beacons are burnt out. Our streets need paving and any gold has long since been sent to the mint. Our leaders are either cowards or timid sheep. What will it take to change things? No one has an answer.

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  2. barryh
    May 25, 2022 @ 13:18:38

    So true and so tragic. As someone with grandchildren in US schools, I am frightened and staggered that the dogma of the right to bear arms wins out over safety of children in schools, time and time again. How many more times will a president say that this must end?



    • Dr. John Persico Jr.
      May 25, 2022 @ 18:22:53

      Thanks Barry, I don’t know what it will take but many more of us have to speak out and let them know we are fed up and are not going to take it any more. I will vote against any politician who takes one cent from a gun rights or gun lobby group.



  3. Wayne Woodman
    May 25, 2022 @ 18:18:07

    I agree John, it appears no has the answer and certainly America has gone totally bonkers on the Second Amendment crap. All anyone needs to do is look at the record of Australia to see gun control works. How difficult is it to accept the fact that something written hundreds of years ago may not be applicable today? If there is such a thing as societal madness it has certainly taken a firm root there.



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