This week, the Missouri Catholic Bishops issued a joint statement on the issue of gun violence in American society. Noting the disturbing frequency of violent events involving firearms, the bishops called for “serious reflection on why people are carrying out senseless acts of violence.” In particular, the bishops pointed to the images of violence in media and how this may affect young people.
The bishops expressed their opposition to bills pending in the Missouri General Assembly that would force churches to post signs about guns in their sacred places if they wished to remain gun free. The bishops said, “This is highly offensive to us and would violate our First Amendment rights to religious liberty.”
The statement called for reasonable gun regulations, including banning bump stocks and high-capacity magazines. In addition, the bishops urged increased access to mental health services. Read the full statement here.