from the Dominican Sisters of Peace

Gun-ViolenceThe Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace have approved a corporate stance calling for responsible gun-control legislation and improved mental-health care resources.

The corporate stance states:

“In the United States, we will advocate for common-sense gun control laws, such as requiring universal background checks before purchasing guns; banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; promoting strategies to prevent gun violence; and providing adequate financial resources to establish mental health programs for victims and perpetrators, and prevention programs for at-risk people.”

“Gun violence in the United States claims more than 31,000 lives every year, with more than a half million injured,” explains Sr. Judy Morris, OP, who coordinates the social justice efforts of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. “With responsible, common-sense legislation, thousands of lives can be saved.”

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, “Gun violence acts very much like a social contagion. It spreads like a virus. The homicide rate in the U.S. is seven times higher than the combined homicide rate of twenty-two other developed countries.”…

Click here to read the entire statement.

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