Cardinal Cupich Calls for Action to Address Causes of Mass Shootings

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Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Las Vegas Tragedy:

Once again we must reach out in shock and horror to comfort the victims of a mass shooting in our country. We offer our prayers and our deep sympathy to all those affected by this senseless act of violence. We are grateful to the first responders and others who aided the victims and helped moved people to safety.

We reaffirm our commitment to nonviolence and to addressing the causes of such tragedies. At this time we come together in prayer and also in resolve to change a culture that has allowed such events to become commonplace. We must not become numb to these mass shootings or to the deadly violence that occurs on our streets month in and month out. Let us join with all people of good will to work for increased access to mental health care and stronger, sensible gun control laws. And let us build a nation characterized by kindness, remarkable for its tolerance and defined by its reverence for human life.

Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh also called for action on what he identified as a pro-life issue:

My heart and my prayers go out to the victims of the Las Vegas massacre and their loved ones. We should all be grateful for the courageous actions of the Las Vegas police. But we must also look beyond this tragedy to broader patterns that allowed it to happen. While little is yet known about motive, this shows that gun control is a pro-life issue.