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“We Cannot Risk Another Young Life Because of Inaction”: Jesuits Call for Legislation Banning Sale of Assault Weapons

February 21, 2018 — For the last 50 years, Fr. Bill Muller, SJ, executive director of the Jesuit Schools Network, the organization that represents the 84 Jesuit middle and secondary schools in the U.S. and Canada, has devoted his life to Jesuit education. He’s helped nurture thousands of young people and witnessed the sacrifice of teachers who have devoted their lives to helping students fulfill their dreams. A prominent Jesuit educator, Fr. Muller this week added his name to the growing outcry over yet another school massacre, saying, “We have to do something. We cannot risk other young lives being wasted.”

In a letter today to Congress and President Trump, Fr. Muller called for legislation that would ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and require a background check for gun sales. His support for this legislation echoes the U.S. Catholic Bishops in their 2016  statement “A Mercy and Peacebuilding Approach to Gun Violence."

Offering prayers and support to the family and friends of those killed last week in Parkland, Florida, Fr. Muller wrote, “The deaths of innocent children and their teachers are the hardest to bear in this terrible trend of violence. We stand with so many voices against the proliferation of guns in our country.

“Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, Parkland — and others. They are the names of our shame as a nation. We cannot risk another young life because of our inaction,” Fr. Muller concluded.

Click here to read the letter to President Trump; click here for the letter to Congress.





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