The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Contact: Patricia M. Chivers
Communications Director
(678) 480-6865
pchivers@archatl.com

Roman Catholic Bishops of Georgia Stand with other Religious Leaders in Opposing Gun Bill, HB 875

ATLANTA – The Roman Catholic Bishops of Georgia oppose the current gun bill, House Bill 875, which is being considered by the Georgia General Assembly. House Bill 875 expands the availability of weapons in houses of worship and on college campuses among other consequences.

Frank Mulcahy, Executive Director of the Georgia Catholic Conference, will stand with other religious leaders today to express opposition to the gun bill at a press conference to be held at Central Presbyterian Church at 11:30 am.

"As pastors, we see too many examples of the anguish of families, friends of neighbors of victims of violence to which access to dangerous weapons contributes," stated Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta. "The proliferation of guns in our society is not the answer to the tragedies that we have witnessed all too often. As bishops and pastors, we support measures that control the sale and use of firearms, including sensible regulation of handguns, measures that make guns safer; measures to protect society from the violence associated with easy access to deadly weapons including assault weapons and, most importantly, a serious commitment to confront the pervasive role of addiction and mental illness in crime."

Bishop Gregory Hartmayer, Catholic bishop of Savannah, stated: "Houses of worship from all faith traditions are places where all people, most especially young people, the vulnerable elderly and the infirm, should be given the assurance of protection by our laws, not exposed to greater risk. In houses of worship, we seek to reconcile all people through teaching, charity and divine worship, not through weaponry. In schools of all types, we seek to educate the young in values of justice and peace."

The Roman Catholic Bishops of Georgia urge the members of the General Assembly not to change the current weapons laws and refrain from action which will not be consistent with the common good of the people of Georgia.

For more information, contact Pat Chivers at pchivers@archatl.com or 678-480-6865.

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