Bishop Brennan condemns Colorado Springs shooting, calls for gun law changes

Bishop Brennan condemns Colorado Springs shooting, calls for gun law changes

WHEELING — The Most Rev. Mark Brennan, bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese, condemned this past weekend’s mass shooting in Colorado once again calling for legislators to change gun laws to keep these incidents from happening. Five people were killed and 19 others injured after a lone shooter opened fire at Club Q, an LGBTQ-friendly club in Colorado Springs. Patrons subdued the shooter, who faces five counts of first-degree murder and five counts of a bias-motivated crime causing bodily injury in connection with the shooting. “Our faith teaches us to do good to our neighbor, not harm, and explicitly forbids us to kill our neighbor,” Brennan said in a statement released Tuesday. “We do not have to agree with the lifestyle, political views, religious beliefs, or immigration status of our neighbor, but we must respect his or her bodily integrity and take measures to ensure that others respect it as well.” Brennan said that, while the victims in Colorado Springs were members of the LGBTQ community, members of the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, African American and Latino communities also have been targeted in recent “hate-filled murders.” The solution, he said, comes with the admission that gun proliferation is a major problem in the United States that must be fixed. “We have put our heads in the sand so that we don’t have to face the truth: the proliferation of guns is a strong contributing factor to the surge of violence in our communities,” he said. “We can speak all day about […]

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