Catholic Health Association & Interfaith Coalition To Lawmakers: Address Gun Violence Now

Jan 15, 2013, 11:30 ET from Catholic Health Association of the United States

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) has joined an interfaith coalition urging lawmakers to craft a meaningful, national response to gun violence.

Often serving inner-city areas, Catholic hospital workers know all too well how gun violence shatters lives and communities. The Catholic Church has long supported sensible measures to limit the availability of weapons that enable the slaughter of many people in a matter of seconds.

Following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut late last year, the two-year old Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence coalition called on political leaders to require universal background checks for those buying guns, remove high-capacity weapons and magazines from city streets and make gun trafficking a federal crime.

"We support these common-sense proposals to protect the public and reduce the horrific violence that can result from easy access to guns," said Sr. Carol Keehan, DC, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. "With this coalition, we demonstrate that a diverse group of religious leaders agrees on the need for policy changes that can save lives."

Sr. Carol continued: "It is easy for those on both sides of the gun safety issue to be emotional or to reach instant judgment. We should exercise some rational self-restraint and focus on dialogue and shared aspirations while working toward the ultimate goal of smarter gun policy and safer communities." 

The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry's commitment to improve the health status of communities and create quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone. The Catholic health ministry is the nation's largest group of not-for-profit health systems and facilities that, along with their sponsoring organizations, employ more than 750,000 women and men who deliver services combining advanced technology with the Catholic caring tradition. For more information, visit the CHA website at

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