Pope calls for stricter gun laws after Texas school shooting

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller comforts people outside the civic centre where students were taken after the shooting (CNS/Marco Bello, Reuters)

Saying his heart was broken at the news of at least 19 children and two adults being shot and killed at a Texas primary school, Pope Francis said it was time to say “Enough!” and enact stricter laws on gun sales. Source: CNS

At the end of his weekly general audience yesterday, the Pope prayed publicly for the victims of the shooting the day before at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

“With a heart shattered over the massacre at the elementary school in Texas, I pray for the children and adults who were killed and for their families,” the Pope told the crowd.

“It is time to say, ‘Enough!’ to the indiscriminate trafficking of guns,” he said. “Let’s all work to ensure that such tragedies never happen again.”

Shortly before the audience, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio, an archdiocese that includes Uvalde, tweeted: “Holy Father Pope Francis, say some prayers for the souls of our little ones killed today and two teachers. Uvalde is in mourning. The families are having a very dark time. Your prayer will do good to them.”

Local authorities said the children and adults were killed by an 18-year-old student from a high school nearby. He also was reported dead and at least three children remained hospitalised for injuries suffered in the attack.

In a statement, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops lamented that “there have been too many school shootings, too much killing of the innocent”.

President Joe Biden directed that American flags be flown at half-mast until sunset on Saturday in honour of the shooting victims. He asked the nation to pray for the victims and also called for action.

“Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen?” Mr Biden said. “It’s time to turn this pain into action for every parent, for every citizen of this country.”

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Pope prays for Texas shooting victims, calls for stricter gun laws (CNS)

Archbishop says US has ‘made guns as idols’ after Texas school shooting (Crux)

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