Collection: Right to Bare Arms Will Never Be More Important
ARTIST: Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS
"The right to bear arms will never be more important than HUMAN LIFE."."
—Cardinal Cupich of Chicago
May 25, 2022:
Pope Francis says that his heart is broken over the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, and that the U.S. must act to prevent the spread of guns.
"I am praying for the children and adults who were killed, and for their families. It is time to say enough to the indiscriminate trafficking of arms," Francis said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
In the attack, 19 students and two adults died. The 18-year-old gunman, who lived in Uvalde, reportedly bought at least two semi-automatic rifles after his most recent birthday.
People should be working now, the pope said, to ensure a similar tragedy can never happen again. In the U.S., his sentiment was shared by another senior Catholic leader: Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago.
Cupich said, "The Second Amendment did not come down from Sinai." "The right to bear arms will never be more important than human life. Our children have rights too. And our elected officials have a moral duty to protect them."