DAILY CATHOLIC     WEDNESDAY     February 24, 1999     vol. 10, no. 38

NEWS & VIEWS
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OPPOSITION AGAINST GREATER USE OF GUNS IN MISSOURI

          Saint Louis, 23 (NE) The Missouri Catholic Conference, public policy agency of the state's bishops, issued a statement opposing expansion of laws allowing the carrying of concealed weapons in the state. The declaration, presented by the Public Policy Committee of the MCC, stated that, "the increased carrying of concealed weapons will promote more fear and violence in the State of Missouri."

          The statement faces the problem arisen by the State's April election, when policies on this matter will be decided. The measure, called Proposition B, seeks to expand laws authorizing concealed weapons. "Shootings in our homes, schools, workplaces and our communities have resulted in tremendous pain, suffering and death. In our judgment, Proposition B will increase the number of guns in society and increase the potential for misuse and violence," says the document.

          Recalling the diverse exhortations on the matter by Missouri and U.S. Bishops in the last 20 years, the statement points out that the, "increased carrying of guns returns us to a 'wild West' mentality which undermines community consensus to use peaceful means to resolve disputes and community commitment to focus sufficient resources to attack the root causes of violent crime."

          "Rather than increasing weapons to address our fears," says the statement, "we support more effective crime prevention strategies such as education and training in nonviolence techniques, community policing and projects geared for at-risk families and youth."


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February 24, 1999       volume 10, no. 38
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