Gun violence addressed at LCWR

Sisters who attended the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in August took a stand against gun laws. They implored all elected officials to pass legislation that effectively prevents gun violence.

Sisters call for new laws in light of increased gun violence

“We call for the passage of laws that ban assault weapons, require universal background checks for all gun sales, provide funding for gun violence prevention research, and makes the trafficking in weapons a federal crime,” the Sisters stated in a group letter endorsed by LCWR participants.

In response to recent mass shootings in the U.S., Sisters said,  “We are a nation that promises a life free from fear, and yet we seem unable to stop the epidemic of hate that has overwhelmed us.”

Their letter went on to state that “we are called to confront rhetoric that stokes racism and hatred of anyone perceived to be “different” than we are. We are all responsible for monitoring our own language and actions and calling attention when the language and actions of others cross the line.”

According to Gun Violence Archives, at the time of LCWR more than 8,734 people had been shot to death in 2019 and more than 17,300 people were injured in more than 33,000 incidents. The numbers do not include firearm suicides.

“While the horror of mass shootings captures our attention, gun violence persists day after day and its massive scale goes unnoticed,” according to the Sisters.

“We pledge our support to end the scourge of rage and hatred that has gripped our nation. We will be unfailing in our efforts to call for legislation that works to end gun violence quickly and effectively,” the Sisters stated.

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Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website