The Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania share in the communal heartbreak of our nation as together we face another unthinkable and senseless act of violence. Moved by deep sadness and compassion for the victims, families, and witnesses of the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, we join with them in prayer and with all who are and have been affected by violence and the lost sense of safety in our schools, supermarkets, churches, and other public places. However, we acknowledge that thoughts and prayers are not enough.
We are a nation that seems unable to stop the epidemic of hate and violence that has overwhelmed us. This year, there have been 200 mass shootings in the United States – an average of more than one shooting per day. Twenty-seven of those have been in K-12 schools. This staggering number impels us to implore our elected officials to support our legislative bodies and pass legislation that immediately prevents 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 make trafficking in weapons a federal crime.
Gun violence is America’s new public health crisis. Just as we did with the COVID-19 pandemic, we must immediately come together to address it by passing gun control legislation and putting every resource available into strengthening mental health programs. Only by working together can we make our nation a safer and less fearful place for all.
Actions You Can Take:
- Pray: For all those affected by the tragedy of gun violence. Find prayers here.
- Call: Your senators and ask them to confirm Steve Dettelbach as the next Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Director. Contact your senators here or join Everytown for Gun Safety in sending a message here.
- Join: A local organization that is advocating against gun violence or supporting victims of gun violence. Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action are good places to start.
- Wear Orange: On June 3-5 to honor victims and survivors of gun violence. Learn more here.