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Top Texas Catholic Endorses Recent Gun Regulations After Uvalde Massacre


UVALDE, Texas – Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, leader of the Catholic archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas, called for extra gun regulations on Wednesday within the wake of Tuesday’s deadly elementary school shooting in Uvalde.

Asked by reporters outside Uvalde High School whether his desire to see governments do more to guard their constituents includes support for tougher gun ownership rules, García-Siller said, “In fact! In fact! Because anything that might be connected with death and aggression – We have now to, we’re purported to promote life, the life of individuals.”

García-Siller, whose religious jurisdiction extends to Catholic parishioners in Uvalde, went on to notice that stopping gun violence needs to be just as urgent for Catholics as opposing abortion.

“It’s people’s lives!” García-Siller declared. “We have now to be consistent in our ethics – at the least, as Catholics.”

“If anyone who’s married has five children – so we’re more concerned just concerning the one within the womb?!” he continued. “We’re concerned concerning the one within the womb, and their children, and the grownups, the elderly, the sick, the incarcerated, the death penalty, the human dignity.”

“You, as a human being – we’re different people but we’ve got the identical dignity,” García-Siller added.

García-Siller was outside of the highschool after attending a press conference concerning the school shooting held by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), other elected officials, and senior law enforcement figures.

Through the press conference, Abbott forged aspersions on the concept of responding to the tragedy with additional gun regulations. He as a substitute emphasized plans to expand access to mental-health treatment within the state.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke, who’s difficult Abbott in November, interrupted the press conference to shame Abbott for failing to advance stricter gun rules.

But García-Siller, who was slated to hope with the families of youngsters killed on Tuesday, declined to directly criticize Abbott’s stance on gun regulation.

He did voice disagreement with Abbott’s remarks calling the perpetrator of the shooting “pure evil.”

“Who has the suitable to say that anyone is evil? The motion is evil,” he said. “But I don’t have any power, not even given by God, to say that an individual is evil.”

García-Siller maintains that the deceased gunman, Salvador Ramos, could achieve forgiveness from God for his crime.

“God is beyond us,” he said. “His mercy is His name.”

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