Archbishop of Chicago adds his voice to calls for gun safety legislation : NPR

On Wednesday, Cardinal Blase Cupich stands outside the pastoral center of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Cupich has served as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago since 2014.

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On Wednesday, Cardinal Blase Cupich stands outside the pastoral center of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Cupich has served as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago since 2014.

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Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Blase Cupich has called for gun safety legislation following the Uvalde shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers.

While some cardinals have avoided political discussions, Cupich spoke out against gun violence on Twitter hours after the shooting at Robb Elementary School.

“The Second Amendment, unlike the Second Commandment, did not come from Sinai,” Cupich told NPR. “There is an understanding that we all have in our hearts, engraved in our hearts, a natural law of the value of human life. And there is no amendment that can override that.”

Cupich tells NPR he hopes elected officials will take action and listen to the voices of “the vast majority” of Americans. Cupich says no law will be perfect, but legislation could help reduce the number of mass shootings in the United States.

NPR’s Scott Simon interviewed Cardinal Blase Cupich at the Archdiocese of Chicago Pastoral Center on Wednesday. Simon asked Cupich about his recent remarks on gun violence and the Second Amendment.

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NPR’s Scott Simon interviewed Cardinal Blase Cupich at the Archdiocese of Chicago Pastoral Center on Wednesday. Simon asked Cupich about his recent remarks on gun violence and the Second Amendment.

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This week’s shooting at a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma marked the 233rd mass shooting in the United States this year. The shooting followed other shootings, including one in Uvalde, Texas, and one at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

Cupich told NPR that the United States could learn from apparent gun safety restrictions in other countries. As House Democrats move toward gun safety legislation, he urged senators to act.

“It’s a moral duty because it’s about saving lives,” Cupich said. “Those elected to public office have a responsibility and an oath to serve the common good of the country, and that includes ensuring that public safety is a top priority.”

Cardinal Blase Cupich said the United States could learn from apparent gun safety restrictions in other countries.

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Still, while some might agree with Cupich’s views on gun restrictions, they might disagree with his opinion on abortion. For Cupich, both issues are about “respect for human dignity and human life,” whether it’s a fetus or a student in a classroom. Other problems are also related to life, he added.

“I would also like to connect this to the issues of poverty and homelessness where people’s lives are cut short because they don’t have the proper resources to live a full life, including health care,” said Cupich. “If we respect the unconditional right to human life, we should seek ways to enact laws to protect that human life.”