Mother of Ryan Realbuto urges Catholics to address violence - Catholic Courier
A young man leans against a doorway. Ryan Realbuto of Pittsford was killed in Washington, D.C., in January. (Photo courtesy of Janet Realbuto)

Mother of Ryan Realbuto urges Catholics to address violence

Catholics need to do more to work against the senseless gun violence that has become pervasive throughout the nation, according to Janet Realbuto.

Realbuto’s son Ryan was shot Jan. 18 during an apparent attempted robbery in Washington, D.C., and died the next day. In just a matter of seconds, the gunman who pulled the trigger changed the Realbuto family’s reality forever, she said.

“This senseless act of one person took away a precious human being. When this violence occurs, the person behind the trigger doesn’t understand the finality of it. There is no going back, and families are shattered,” Realbuto said.

One of the anti-violence activists Realbuto has spoken with since her son’s death said the Washington, D.C., area has been experiencing “an epidemic of violence” lately, but Realbuto said she knows this epidemic is not limited to the Beltway. She expressed frustration with politicians’ seeming inability to do anything to solve the gun-violence problem, which she admitted is complex and challenging. She called on Catholics to raise their voices against violence.

“Something has got to be done. With all of our Catholic advocacy, something has got to be channeled into the violence that is going on in America. As much as we are putting into the right to life, we should be putting into (anti-violence efforts),” she said.

Tags: Gun Violence, Life Issues
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