Poll: Religious Groups Divided on Gun Control, but United Against Guns in Churches

Americans are divided on gun control but a “strong majority of Americans don’t want them in the pews,” reports Lauren Markoe for Religion News Service. The new poll by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 76 percent of Americans “said concealed weapons should not be allowed in houses of worship.” With 62 percent of Catholics favoring stricter gun control, Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, notes, “Catholics may congregate more in urban centers and may be more exposed to violent crimes than people in other parts of he country.”

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