gun violence

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  • Topic: Catholic social teaching, Firearm, Gun violence in the United States
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Michael Reidy
Social Justice

Ever since the 1990s, gun violence in America has been a problem that has worried many American citizens. There have been too many incidents in which guns have caused death to innocent people. The technology of guns has progressed rapidly in recent years, making the weapons more efficient but yet more lethal. If a gun gets in the hands of someone wanting to do harm, it would be hard to stop him/her from injuring those around. In the past twenty years there have been many deadly shootings across the United States, such as Virginia Tech (32 dead), Sandy Hook elementary (26 dead), and Columbine (13 dead) (Deadliest US Shootings). These are only few out of many mass shootings that have occurred in the past two decades in our country. However, the problem in the US goes beyond the mass shootings. Every year, there are more than 100,000 people are shot; there are 86 deaths per day from guns: 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally, and on from police intervention (Just the facts: Gun Violence in America). The stats show it: there is a dire need for gun control in the US.

The gun violence in our country is a result of senseless, selfish acts of people who wanted to do harm unto others. If these people knew they could have turned to God in their times of trouble and distress, the violence in America would be nonexistent. The Catholic Social Teaching principles are essentially messages from God giving us guidelines on live life based on His greatness. A few of the principles can be applied directly to the gun violence in America, and following these can reduce the tension in our country in regards to guns. The two in particular are promotion of peace and disarmament and human dignity. Human dignity states human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the starting point for a moral vision for society (Major Themes from Catholic Social Teaching). The criminals who were convicted of crimes...
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