As a nation we are once again horrified by the violent actions that took place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the past weekend. As Lasallians, we will continue to hold all in our prayers, but also as Lasallians we are called to action on behalf of peace with justice.
“‘Following the most recent mass shootings, in which 22 people were killed in El Paso, Texas, allegedly by a white supremacist targeting Hispanics, and in a separate incident in Dayton, Ohio, where nine more people were killed, Catholics are being urged by church leaders “to pray and raise their voices for needed changes to our national policy and national culture.’ That is from an Aug. 4 statement from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Frank Dewane, who heads the U.S.C.C.B. committee on domestic justice.” (America Magazine)
As we consider the right that children have to live in safety, we must continue to be aware of the scores of similar senseless acts of violence that occur in our cities and communities every day. We must work for a just society for all. Given the current reality, one specific action that you can take is to contact your Senators and ask them to support universal background checks.
Associate Executive Director – Office for Mission & Ministry
Universal Background Checks are a proven and critical too to help keep guns out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves or others. Background checks help protect our children and communities. States with expansive background check laws have seen 52% fewer mass shootings, a 48% reduction in suicide deaths by firearms, and a 48% reduction in law enforcement death caused by gun violence. By requiring that firearms be sold and transferred through licensed sellers and subject to background checks, we can prevent future tragedies.
(source Sandy Hook Promise www.sandyhookpromise.org)
Write to Your Senator
Sample Message (The intent of this sample message is to provide facts–please add your personal sentiments)
I’m writing as a concerned constituent to ask you to update the background check system for purchasing a firearm. The House of Representatives passed HR 8: The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 on February 27, 2019. The Senate has yet to act upon this legislation. The time is now to do so.
The background check system works, and has stopped over 3.5 million illegal gun sales in the last 20 years. But under the current law, half of Americans live in states where a convicted felon, domestic abuser, or fugitive can purchase a gun through an unlicensed seller at a gun show or online. In fact, research shows that just one online firearms marketplace had over 1 million ads for firearm sales posted by unlicensed sellers in states where no background check was required. Moreover, an investigation showed that 1 in 9 prospective online buyers would not have passed a background check.
Updating our background check system to close this dangerous loophole is critical for public safety. States that have closed the loophole are seeing results. 84% of unlicensed online sellers from states with background check laws are directly stating the sale would need a check. I hope you will stand with 94% of Americans and support background checks on all gun sales.