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Prelate comments on President Obama’s gun-control remarks

January 08, 2016

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development has offered comments on President Barack Obama’s recent remarks on gun control.

“For a long time now, the bishops of the United States have called for reasonable policies to help reduce gun violence," said Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami. “While no measure can eliminate all acts of violence which involve firearms, we welcome reasonable efforts aimed at saving lives and making communities safer.”

“We hope Congress will take up this issue in a more robust way, considering all of the varied aspects involved,” he added. “In addition to reasonable regulation, conversations must include strengthening social services for persons with mental illness, while being mindful that the vast majority of those suffering with mental illness are not likely to commit violent criminal acts.”

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  • Posted by: FredC - Jan. 08, 2016 5:34 PM ET USA

    I hope the bishops and congress use a data-driven (i.e., fact-driven) basis for their regulations. See my analysis of the data on the issue, conducted for Virginia Delegate Ken Plum: http://www.fcta.org/Pubs/Reports/2013-08a-fac.html.