The Sisters of Mercy leadership team has released a statement emphasizing their support for gun control and their commitment to building a culture of nonviolence. Seventeen colleges, 32 secondary schools, and nine elementary schools sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy signed on to the statement.
According to a press release, the statement is a direct response to the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the ongoing debate surrounding issues of gun control.
“This recent shooting reveals a sobering and recurring pattern of crimes in this nation that are fast becoming all too frequent, all the more lethal and that strike at the heart of what we stand for as educators,” said the Sisters of Mercy.
“On behalf of the future, for the sake of our children and young adults, we reject the overly simplistic belief that increasing armed security personnel in schools will increase student safety,” said the statement. “We call for sensible gun control measures.”
The letter was signed by the presidents of these colleges and universities: Carlow University, College of St. Mary (Nebraska), Georgian Court University, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Maria College (New York), Marian Court College, Mercyhurst University, Misericordia University, Mount Aloysius College, Mount Mercy University, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, Saint Xavier University (Illinois), Salve Regina University, Trocaire College, University of Detroit Mercy, University of Saint Joseph (Connecticut) and Mercy College of Health Sciences (Iowa).
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