Rev. Federico Lombardi, who serves as the Vatican's press office director, spoke approvingly of gun control initiatives now being considered in the United States following the December 2012 shooting tragedy in New York.
Said Rev. Lombardi on Vatican Radio, “The initiatives announced by the United States government in view of limiting and controlling the diffusion and use of arms are certainly a step in the right direction,” He said. “Forty-seven religious leaders of various confessions and religions have issued a call to American politicians to limit firearms, which “are making society pay an unacceptable price in terms of massacres and senseless deaths”. I’m with them.”
Speaking on January 19, Rev. Lombardi also noted the Vatican’s repeated “calls for disarmament, to oppose the production, trade, and smuggling of arms of all types, fuelled by dishonourable interests for power or financial gain. If results are achieved, such as international conventions, the ban of landmines and other deadly arms, the reduction of the immense and disproportionate number of nuclear warheads…all the better!”
In the U.S. Senate, Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif) is expected to introduce legislation on January 24 to further regulate firearms deemed as 'assault weapons': which is to say those firearms with high-capacity magazines and the ability of automatic fire.