They should probably stick to their day jobs. 


In recent weeks, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has expanded its gun program with the support of Cardinal Blase Cupich. While dedicating a new Catholic center featuring a sculpture of Jesus mourning a gunshot victim, Cupic took the opportunity to speak about gun politics. “We know that violence will not end in our society without a concerted effort to address its root causes,” he said.

At the event was one of the Archdiocese’s newest employees, former FBI agent Phil Andrew, who was hired in February to serve as the church’s inaugural Director of Violence Prevention Initiatives. Soon after taking the position, he told the Chicago Catholic, the church’s news organ, his job would concentrate on a variety of counseling and addressing root causes of violence including poverty, mental health care, and new mom’s training.

Andrew, the former executive director for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, last week reportedly shifted the conversation when he talked to the National Catholic Reporter about gun laws, advocating for universal background checks, local licensing of gun stores and authorizing police to seize guns from people considered dangerous.

“The gun industry and its puppets make a lot of money selling guns. And they have a very effective lobby,” said Andrew. “But I think the public — in particular, students — are saying, ‘Enough is enough.'”

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