Don’t Blame the Gun, Your Eminence, by Patrick Novecosky

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Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the conference, arrive for a session of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment at the Vatican Oct 5. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See SYNOD-YOUNG-SANTIAGO, SYNOD-BARRON-ONAH and SYNOD-BRIEFING Oct. 5, 2018.

By Patrick Novecosky, Crisis Magazine, August 7, 2019

Patrick NovecoskyNobody blamed the truck when 29-year-old Uzbek national Sayfullo Saipov rented a pickup from Home Depot pickup 18 months ago and deliberately mowed down a dozen pedestrians and bicyclists in New York City, killing eight. There was no lobbying for background checks or more laws around vehicle rentals. Yet every time there’s a mass shooting, political leaders call for more gun laws. More laws won’t fix the problem.

I understand the necessity for political posturing. The President tweets and governors issue statements condemning the heinous crime. They assure the nation of their “thoughts and prayers” and the need to stop the violence. Lawmakers and those vying for office insist that we need new legislation. Some call for more drastic measures. Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg told Fox News Sunday that “we cannot allow the Second Amendment to be a death sentence for thousands of Americans a year.”

We should expect as much from him. ….