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Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence
Nuns Against Gun Violence is a coalition of Catholic sisters, justice promoters, and allies that represent over 50 religious congregations, including the Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA). Currently, their web space is being hosted by the Sisters of Mercy.
Nuns Against Gun Violence (NAGV) was founded in April 2023 to bring together congregations of Catholic sisters to speak with a united voice against the crisis of gun violence. On November 8, 2023, NAGV hosted their first webinar which featured Shane Caliborne, co-author of “Beating Guns - Hope for People Who are Weary of Violence.” Inspired by the prophetic image of beating swords into plows, Shane Claiborne and Michael Martin offer a book that hopes to change hearts and heads regarding one of the most significant moral issues of our time. The CSA JPIC Office has a copy of this book, which can be loaned to sisters and associates.
In the webinar, Mr. Claiborne shared some troubling realities, one being that there are more guns in America than people. Additionally, while the United States makes up only 5% of the global population, almost half of the world’s civilian-owned guns are in the U.S. Interestingly, two-thirds of Americans do not have firearms and of the one-third that do, there is a high concentration of gun owners having multiple, even hundreds and thousands of guns. Claiborne further points out that there are 5 times as many gun dealers in America than there are McDonald's restaurants. One gun is made every three seconds in America, 9.5 million each year. Learn more and watch the recording of the webinar, which also features Sister Pat Millen, OSF and Sister Annette McDermott, SSJ, here.