Massachusetts: Clergy coming out in favor of strict new gun control bill
by Chris Eger
In a continuing trend of religious leaders becoming involved in gun politics, Roman Catholic leaders in Massachusetts announced their support this week for a harsh new gun-control measure.
They stated that in doing so, they hope to prevent tragedies such as those in Isla Vista, California.
Those involved include the archbishop of Boston as well as three bishops from around the state who Thursday issued a letter of support for a tough new gun bill introduced by House Speaker Robert DeLeo on May 27.
DeLeo’s bill would be a strict overhaul of the state’s gun laws, including expanding Massachusetts’s ‘may-issue’ concealed carry policy to cover not only the carry of handguns, but also the ownership of handguns, rifles, and shotguns.
“It appears that the legislation introduced Tuesday is measured and reasonable; it does not infringe upon the rights of sportsmen and others who possess firearms for legal and legitimate purposes,” read the statement issued through the Massachusetts Catholic Conference.
The reasoning given for the bishops’ pubic support of the bill was explained in terms of its perceived relevance to reducing much-publicized incidents of mass killings in recent years.