A lengthy shootout in Jersey City, N.J., on Dec. 10 left six people dead, including one police officer, three civilians and two suspects.
New York City is mourning the death of 33-year-old NYPD Officer Brian Mulkeen, a graduate of Fordham University who on Sept. 29 was shot in the line of duty while he was patrolling a Bronx neighborhood for gang activity, according to multiple reports.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Sept. 1 condemned the “horrific onslaughts” in its ninth response to gun violence this year in the aftermath of a mass shooting, this time following a shooting spree in West Texas that left seven people dead and more than 20 injured.
A mass shooting in West Texas shows a “contempt for human life,” according to the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference.
According to a study from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, since 2011, public shootings in the U.S. have tripled in their frequency. More than three-quarters of the guns used in the rampages were acquired legally.
Late July 29, San Jose Bishop Oscar Cantu held a bilingual prayer vigil for victims, survivors and first responders at St. Mary’s Church in Gilroy in response to a July 28 shooting that claimed the lives of three people and injured 12 others on the last day of a popular festival.
After a gunman barged into a southern California bar late Wednesday evening killing 12 individuals, Archbishop José Gómez decried the “horrible violence” and issued a call for peace.
The U.S. bishops are calling for a national debate on America’s gun policies and renewing their support for a total ban on assault weapons. Their newly released statement comes just two days after America’s latest mass shooting, where a gunman killed 26 people during a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Following the latest incident of gun violence in America, Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims of the Sutherland Springs mass shooting in Texas, saying he is “deeply grieved” by the “senseless violence.” On Sunday, a 26-year old gunman entered into a Baptist Church and killed 26 people during the service. The tragedy has prompted Catholic bishops from around the United States to speak out against gun violence.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed more than our share of disasters – both man-made and natural occurrences.