Letter to President John Garvey of The Catholic University of America on Gun Control

President John Garvey (red) at the March for Life

Dear President Garvey,

I want to bring your attention to a campaign launched by college presidents to address the horrifying issue of gun violence in our nation, College Presidents for Gun Safety.

Recently, you marched with several hundred students at The Catholic University of America in the March for Life in celebration of life. As a product of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, I know well that pro-life doesn’t end in the womb for our shared Catholic faith.

The reality that 20,000 children are shot annually, with 8 dying daily who will never experience the opportunity to attend college and live the blessings we’ve had is sinful. I echo Habakkuk’s cry: “How long, O Lord? I cry for help but you did not listen! I cry out to you, ‘Violence!’ but you do not intervene.”

I present you with an opportunity to use your privilege in defense of life. Please join with hundreds of other higher education presidents by signing the letter. Please make gun violence an issue addressed by The Catholic University of America in similar fashion to the public support and financing the University lends to the anti-abortion cause.

I unite with the broader Catholic community in this nation as we confront the ravages of preventable gun violence through common sense reforms. The Gospel of nonviolence urges us to do nothing less than this.

I hope you will join with me in answering this call to be fully and unequivocally pro-life and I look forward to your response.


Bob Shine


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