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Mount Mercy signs joint statement calling for non-violent response to guns

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Mount Mercy University has joined educators at other schools in calling for a commitment to nonviolence.

Sixteen other colleges, 32 secondary schools, and nine elementary schools signed on the Sisters of Mercy leadership team statement. The statement is a response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as other violent acts in the United States.

"In the coming months, Mount Mercy University will be a place where this kind of dialogue among our students, faculty and the public takes place," said President Christopher Blake. "As the only Catholic, Mercy university in the state of Iowa, I am duty-bound and proud to call for sensible gun safety that honors the ideals of the sanctity of human life and defense of the vulnerable espoused by our founders, the Sisters of Mercy."

Mount Mercy is planning to hold campus discussions on the topics of gun violence and mental health.

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