Church’s Christmas nativity scene features list of deadly mass shootings as part of gun control push

Church’s Christmas nativity scene features list of deadly mass shootings as part of gun control push
A Massachusetts church features a Christmas nativity scene that features a list of 14 U.S. sites of deadly mass shootings. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

In an apparent effort to make a statement on gun violence, St. Susanna’s Parish in Dedham, Massachusetts, inserted a listing of deadly U.S. mass shootings in its Christmas nativity.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday report by Boston’s WFXT-TV, 14 U.S. sites of mass shootings are listed on the nativity, which went up over the weekend.

Some sites featured on the list included the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the concert massacre in Las Vegas, and the Columbine High School shooting.

WFXT reported that a banner placed above the nativity scene reads: “If only you knew the things that make for peace.”

St. Susanna’s Father Stephen Josoma told KTRK-TV that he hopes the reminder of those killed in mass shooting paired with a display of Jesus will persuade people to call for gun control.

Josoma explained to WFTX that he hopes the list will spark conversation to effect change: “There’s cities, nursing homes, coffee shops, military installations, churches, theaters. This is not the picture of Christmas peace we want to have in people’s minds for years to come. It can’t be this forever, it just has to change.”

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