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Catholic Stance on Gun Control

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America is one of the few countries in the world that allows gun ownership. This right was given in the Second Amendment, which states, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” This was written to allow people to protect themselves and their families. Some people are beginning to question this due to recent shootings, such as the Parkland school shooting in Florida. There has also been a more recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, where the shooter used an illegal weapon to kill and injure several people.

Pope Francis has supported gun protests in America, saying: “Young people, you have it in you to shout. It is up to you not to keep quiet. Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?”

For many years, the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) has supported a number of reasonable measures to address the problem of gun violence, including a total ban on assault weapons and “bump stocks,” universal background checks for gun purchases, and promoting mercy and peacebuilding.

“Catholics and all people of good will are urged to contact their Senators and Representative to support policy and legislative measures that uphold the safety and well-being of all persons in our communities,” stated the USCCB.

Being on the other side of the trigger can change a person’s opinion or stance on guns very quickly. Students from Maryland public schools have been protesting outside the White House demanding gun control. There have also been other protests, like the national school walkout protest in April.

Cole Curtis from Mr. Brian Mariano’s seventh grade class said, “I don’t think we should have it because that means there are areas without guns, which means people couldn’t protect themselves during an attack. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people.”

Another student from Mr. Mariano’s class, Colton Adams, stated, “I think it is necessary to have at least one gun in a household in order to defend your family. Also, you’ll have to be verified to have one.”

Seventh grader Cary Kordas in Mrs. Gena Heins’s class shared his side of the argument.

“I think only small firearms for civilians should be allowed, not automatic weapons,” he said. “If somebody breaks into your house with a gun and the police won’t make it in time, but you want to defend your family… that’s why you need guns in my opinion.”

Many people, like President Donald Trump, are fans of the National Rifle Association, a pro-gun organization.

President Trump has said, “I’m the biggest fan of the Second Amendment. Many of you are. I’m a big fan of the NRA.”

In order to buy a gun in California, you must show an ID and get a background check. To purchase most guns, you must be at least eighteen years old, and to buy a handgun, you must be at least twenty-one. Also, felons who have been sentenced to two or more years in prison are unable to own a gun.

For many years, the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) has supported a number of reasonable measures to address the problem of gun violence, including a total ban on assault weapons and “bump stocks,” universal background checks for gun purchases, and promoting mercy and peacebuilding.

“Catholics and all people of good will are urged to contact their Senators and Representative to support policy and legislative measures that uphold the safety and well-being of all persons in our communities,” stated the USCCB.

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Catholic Stance on Gun Control