Frequent shootings involving U.S. victims in El Paso and Dayton have stimulated leftist claims for increased gun control in the country.
For his part, Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote, “Only a fool can believe that ‘gun control’ will solve the problem of mass violence,” in an article in CatholicPhilly.
Referring to the last two massacres, he said, “These are just the latest in a long pattern of mass shootings; shootings that have blood-stained the past two decades with no end in sight.”
Chaput considers that the problem of violence is cultural and that it is cultivated with the constant commercialization of this from different aspects.
He also characterizes those who commit these crimes as having a twisted heart, acting in a cultural environment of “sexual anarchy, personal excess, political hatreds, intellectual dishonesty, and perverted freedoms that we’ve systematically created over the past half-century.”
He also lists the expressions that normally follow these tragedies and that include, in addition to expressions of shock, demands for greater control of weapons, among others.
He also spoke about the violence of abortion: “When the most dangerous place in the country is a mother’s womb and the unborn child can have his or her head crushed in an abortion, even in the process of being born, the body language of that message is that life isn’t sacred and may not be worth much at all.”
On the other hand, it must be borne in mind that the shooter of the Dayton, Ohio, massacre, beaten by the police, was an outspoken supporter of the Democratic Party and demonstrated his political alignment toward the ideals of the left.
In addition, he was in favor of gun control, instigating violence against so-called white supremacists and defining himself as a satanist.
Chaput concludes his article with a question that is food for thought, “When we live this kind of contradiction, why are we surprised at the results?”