Bishop deplores failure to regulate U.S. firearms

April 29, 2013

Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., said the U.S. Senate’s failure “to support even modest regulations on firearms” is “a failure in moral leadership to promote policies which protect and defend the common good.”

The head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development expressed “deep disappointment” that the lawmakers failed to pass gun-control legislation.

Blaire made the comments in an April 18 letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

On April 17, the Senate failed to pass amendments to a firearms measure that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases, increased penalties for gun trafficking, reinstituted an assault weapons ban and imposed restrictions on civilian access to high-capacity ammunition magazines.