US gun 'idolatry' demands more prophetic church stand, some Catholics say

US gun ‘idolatry’ demands more prophetic church stand, some Catholics say

Gun Rights

A salesman clears the chamber of an AR-15 in 2016 at a gun store in Provo, Utah. (CNS/Reuters/George Frey) A total of 35,141 people die from gun violence in the United States each year, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which averaged deaths over a five-year period through 2018. That’s 96 people each day. According to the center: 124,760 people are shot every year; 17,207 children and teens are shot every year; Seven children and teens die from gun violence in the United States every day. Between 2000 and 2017, 250 FBI-designated "active shooter" incidents occurred in the United States. There are more guns than people in the United States. At the start of June, which is Gun Violence Awareness Month, the United States received its latest tragic reminders of the gravity and magnitude of the gun violence problem. In Virginia Beach, Virginia, a gunman killed 12 people while firing indiscriminately in an office building. In Chicago, 10 people were killed and 52 wounded in gun violence across the city during the weekend. New to NCR: In his Pencil Preaching column, cartoonist Pat Marrin offers a sketch and reflection for the day’s scripture readings. Learn more> Since 1994, the U.S. bishops’ conference has supported a number of "reasonable measures to address the problem of gun violence," including an assault weapons ban, universal background checks, and limitations on high-capacity weapons and ammunition magazines. With each successive mass shooting, bishops are quick to offer prayers and statements of […]

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