Pope Francis laments rising gun sales in ‘violent, unstable’ United States

Pope Francis has lamented rising gun sales in the United States as a symptom of a “violent, unstable society.”

A forthcoming book, Let Us Dream, obtained by the Washington Examiner, contains Francis’ thoughts on how the coronavirus pandemic has affected discussions about race, politics, and faith. His comments about gun violence came amid a broader criticism of the “hyperinflation of the individual,” which he warns will lead to “anarchy or authoritarianism or both together.”

“We are there already,” Francis writes, pointing to annual gun deaths internationally, as well as record-breaking firearms sales in the U.S. following coronavirus-related shutdown orders in many states.

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