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Press Release: NETWORK Calls for Immediate Action on Gun Violence Prevention

FOR RELEASE: January 16, 2013                                                                       

CONTACT:  Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

NETWORK Supports Administration’s Recommendations as Sister Simone Campbell Calls on All to Support Life by Limiting Gun Violence

Washington DC:  NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice lobby, today issued the following statement regarding new recommendations to address gun violence:

Like millions around the world, we were shocked and grief-stricken after the killings in the Connecticut elementary school one month ago. Americans are passionate about protecting our children. Congress must respond by taking immediate steps to stop future mass shootings and halt the general epidemic of gun violence throughout our nation.  

We owe Newtown’s families and all victims of gun violence that – and more.

NETWORK’s Executive Director, Sister Simone Campbell, was invited to meet with Vice President Biden and others last week to discuss ways to achieve this goal. We commend the vice president for listening thoughtfully to multiple viewpoints on this critical issue. Sister Campbell was also present today when the recommendations of his task force were presented to the nation.

We strongly support the administration’s recommendations, which constitute an important first step toward making this a safer nation.

As Sister Campbell noted, “Our Christian faith teaches us that we are called to honor all life. Gun violence remains one of the most powerful anti-life realities in our nation. We call on all people to responsibly support life by limiting gun violence.”

It is shameful that the U.S. has moved backwards in recent years when it comes to public safety laws and regulations. Allowing the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, prohibiting the gathering of data on gun violence, and supporting loophole-ridden laws are just a few examples. As a result, we support current recommendations, including those to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazine, and to mandate background checks for all firearms buyers. We also hope for even more.

Thirty-four people are murdered each day by gunfire, a national scandal of fear and violence. As prolife people of faith, we know that stopping gun violence is a profound moral issue that demands immediate action.

NETWORK will work within a large interfaith coalition called “Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence,” representing millions of people of faith, to push Congress to address this national crisis. We will also rally our thousands of members and supporters to tell Congress that they must act now.

We will not let this drop. Congress must understand that we care deeply about this issue, and we intend to hold them accountable.