- Oct 25, 2020
The level of gun violence has actually risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to statistics released by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group that catalogs every incident of gun violence in the United States.
Amid a surge in gun violence and protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, the nation’s third-largest city is on edge, awaiting possible greater tension in the form of a plan by President Donald Trump to dispatch dozens of federal agents to Chicago.
A gun buyback program at St. Sabina Church in Chicago produced at least 100 firearms.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, said Catholic clergy and lay leaders can play a role in bringing together people along the rural-urban divide to build understanding of the need for sensible policies that can end the scourge of gun violence.
The U.S. bishops share many of the same priorities with victims of the mass shooting in Parkland when it comes to gun legislation.