Archbishop of Chicago adds his voice to calls for gun safety legislation: NPR

Cardinal Blase Cupich stands outside the Archdiocese of Chicago Pastoral Center on Wednesday. Cupich has been the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago since 2014.

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Cardinal Blase Cupich stands outside the Archdiocese of Chicago Pastoral Center on Wednesday. Cupich has been the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago since 2014.

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Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Blase Cupich has called for gun safety legislation in the wake of the Uvalde shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers.

While some cardinals have sidestepped political discussions, Cupich spoke out against gun violence on Twitter hours after the Robb Elementary School shooting.

“The Second Amendment, unlike the Second Commandment, did not come from Sinai,” Cupich told NPR. “There is an understanding that we all have in our hearts, engraved in our hearts, a natural law about the value of human life. And there is no amendment that can trump that.”

Cupich tells NPR he hopes elected officials will take action and listen to the voices of “the vast majority” of Americans. Cupich says no law will be perfect, but legislation could help reduce mass shootings in the United States.

Scott Simon, of NPR, interviewed Cardinal Blase Cupich at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Chicago on Wednesday. Simon asked Cupich about his recent comments on gun violence and the Second Amendment.

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Scott Simon, of NPR, interviewed Cardinal Blase Cupich at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Chicago on Wednesday. Simon asked Cupich about his recent comments on gun violence and the Second Amendment.

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The hospital shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma this week marked the 233rd mass shooting in the US this year. The shooting came on the heels of other shootings, including those in Uvalde, Texas and one at a convenience store in Buffalo, NY.

Cupich told NPR the US could learn from the gun safety restrictions in place in other countries. As a House Democrats move toward gun safety legislation, he urged senators to take action.

“It’s a moral duty because it’s about saving lives,” Cupich said. “People elected to public office have a responsibility and swear an oath to serve the common good of the country, which includes ensuring that public safety is a top priority.”

Cardinal Blase Cupich said the US could learn from gun safety restrictions in place in other countries.

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Cardinal Blase Cupich said the US could learn from gun safety restrictions in place in other countries.

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While some may agree with Cupich’s views on gun restrictions, they may not agree with his views on abortion. For Cupich, both issues are about ‘respect for human dignity and human life’, be it a fetus or a student in a classroom. Other problems are also linked to life, he added.

“I would also like to make a connection with those issues related to poverty and homelessness, where people’s lives are shortened because they don’t have enough resources to live a full life, including health care,” Cupich said. “If we respect the unconditional right to human life, we must look for ways in which we can enact laws to protect that human life.”

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