CSJ Leadership Responds to Connecticut Tragedy

It has happened again: Children lost to violent behavior. When will it stop? What can we do to honor the memories of all of the children who have died because the rest of us, the ones commissioned with the DUTY to protect them, have failed. How do we face the parents of those murdered children and tell them that this has nothing to do with gun safety?

Shakespeare said, The silence of pure innocence persuades when speaking fails. Nobody wants to argue the Second Amendment anymore. Everybody wants to save the innocent children gunned down while studying in school, killed while playing outside in their neighborhoods, murdered while sleeping in their beds. The silence of PURE INNOCENTS is screaming at us to find a solution. Can you hear them?

The ground rules must be set. The tragedy in Newtown centers around both gun safety and mental health. We believe that the gun safety issue needs to be addressed immediately while a long-term re-examination of how we help those suffering from mental illness continues. If we start today creating the opportunities for conversation, then we can begin to make positive progress toward protecting our children and ourselves. The dialogue cannot start, however, if sides are drawn, if people are not willing to concede that the goal is to come up with ways to stop the madness.

We all agree that killing is wrong. Consensus. We all agree that guns have historically been the weapon most responsible for civilian deaths. (2011, 32,ooo+) Consensus. We start with agreement, then move toward what we can do to promote gun safety. Let us work together to make sure that no other life is ended because we were unwilling to begin finding a way to resolve our differences and make the world a safer place.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet support gun safety measures and pray that our legislators will find within themselves the capacity to work together to bring about a solution.

Province Leadership
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province

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