Cardinal Cupich: It’s Time for Action on Gun Violence


via Chicago Catholic:

Cardinal Cupich called on Illinois legislators to work together to enact restrictions that could help curtail gun violence in a Feb. 28 press conference in Springfield…

Cardinal Cupich said, “I have come to Springfield, our state’s capital, this morning to join my voice to those of countless young people. They along with families suffering grievous loss cry out to us with the demand for action. Our young people are shaming the adult world to recall that the principal rights among all those that we hold at any level are the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights have been denied.”…

“The time for words is over,” he said. “What is required now is action. Our elected officials may not be able to do everything all at once, and they may not be able to save everyone. But in the name of those murdered children, they must act in a bipartisan way to begin the process of walking away from the moral compromises that doom our society to inaction.”…

“Our elected officials have the power to enact common-sense laws that limit gun ownership to those who have proven they can handle the responsibility that comes with it, just as we do with automobiles,” Cardinal Cupich said. “They have the power to make incremental changes in the kinds of weapons that are for sale.”…

“They can stop saying that they will pray for victims and uphold family values if that is the only response they can give to these tragedies,” Cardinal Cupich said. “The time for words is over. Our children are telling us what is required now is action.”…

“We must never allow the desire for money to eclipse our most sacred duty to keep our children safe. When even small measures to limit access to such items as armor-piercing bullets, high-volume magazines and bump stocks are opposed, we must ask those opposing them, ‘Whom are you protecting?’”