The Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania deplore all forms of violence, whether rooted in hate, ideology or discrimination. We are deeply appalled and overwhelmingly distraught that our country has witnessed seven mass shootings in seven days.
We grieve with these neighbors in:
March 22: Boulder, CO (ten dead)
March 15: Atlanta, GA (eight dead)
March 17: Stockton, CA (five with non-life-threatening injuries)
March 18: Gresham, OR (four hospitalized)
March 20: Houston, TX (five people shot)
March 20: Dallas, TX (eight people shot, 1 dead)
March 20: Philadelphia, PA (one dead, five injured).
Additional Mass Shootings in 2021:
January 9: Five killed in a shooting spree in Evanston, Illinois
January 24: Five people shot dead in Indianapolis, Indiana
February 2: Six people killed in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
March 13: Four killed in a dispute over stimulus check in Indianapolis.
We mourn with and pray for those who have lost loved ones or have been injured due to acts of violence, those who live in fear, and those whose dignity has been diminished.
As Sisters of St. Francis, we strive to live non-violently, to work to change structures that promote violence, and to uphold the dignity of persons. While we continue to hold all who have been affected by gun violence—especially those in the recent attacks—in our thoughts and prayers, urgent action is needed!
Universal background checks before purchase
Banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines
Financial support for mental health programs for potential perpetrators and victims
Domestic violence gun laws