Sinsinawa Dominican Leadership Council Statement on Gun Violence
The Leadership Council of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa expresses their deep sympathy to the families of those who were killed or injured at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week. We are saddened by the loss of young life and abhor the gun violence that happens too frequently in our schools. Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization of Americans working to build safer communities, states that on an average day, 96 people are killed by guns in the United States. This is not acceptable. Why does it take an event such as killing 17 in a high school in Parkland to waken us to the reality of gun violence in our nation?
We are frustrated with our legislators who have not enacted common sense gun control legislation. We stand with the students from Parkland who say, “Enough! Never again.” We urge legislators to reject the influence of the gun lobbies and to enact gun control legislation that would
- • ban semi-automatic assault weapons;
- • require universal background checks for all gun purchases; and
- • make gun trafficking a federal crime.
Gun violence is a part of the systemic problem in our country. It is reflected in the violence of poverty, racism, and sexual and physical abuse that is epidemic in our culture. We must change this culture of violence!
We pray daily for the victims of violence, and at this time we pray especially for the community of Parkland, Florida. We have a responsibility as people of faith and citizens of this world to be proactive in advocating for an end to all forms of violence. We will continue to contact our legislators and to promote nonviolence in our schools, parishes, and communities, and we urge others to do the same.