Like you, our prayers go out to the families in Parkland, and to all those around the country, who have lost loved ones to gun violence. We grieve with mothers and fathers whose children are victims of senseless killing made easy by the proliferation of guns and a pervasive culture of violence.
In our a public statement on this issue we make a plea for action and we promise to walk with the young people of Parkland as they take up the important work of gun violence prevention. We note that while there is much to mourn, mourning is not enough. The killing must stop. It is well past time that we enacted sensible gun violence prevention legislation.
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious calls our elected officials to immediately take up legislation that:
requires universal background checks and mandatory waiting periods for all gun purchases;
bans civilian ownership of high-capacity weapons and magazines; and
makes gun trafficking a federal crime.
We thank you for your own commitment to nonviolence and we invite you to join us in prayer and action to stop the killing.
In this Lenten season as we recall the life Jesus, the Christ, let us pray for the grace to embrace his way of nonviolence and let us never doubt that the deep darkness of these days will be overcome by the radiant light of our lives and actions lived in love.
Thanks so much.
Sr. Laura Donovan, RDC, President
Sisters of the Divine Compassion