Nuns Push Back Against Pawn Shop To Keep Guns Out Of The Community
The steeples, statues and crosses of the Dominican Sisters Of Peace have been keeping watch over the Shepard Community since 1866. They started Dominican University and have a huge stake in the community. That's why an issue that's popped up down the road has them fired up.
"Why? Because we want peace and safety in our community," said Sister Margaret Ormond.
The nuns don't think the sale of guns fits that.
"We can't keep quiet, we have to speak out," said Sister Margaret.
It's a passionate plea to a pawn shop at Fifth and Nelson. The sisters are mobilizing with the Shepard Community Association. The shop just opened up a month ago and the owner has applied for a license with the ATF to sell guns.
"This effort to sell guns is going to ruin, destroy, why we are here," said Sister Margaret.
The owner didn't want to go on camera but tells me he's been selling guns at another location since 2008 and it's mostly online sales.
"We have too many already vulnerable people that really need our protection," said Sister Gemma Doll.
The sisters point to the college students, a care facility for the elderly on their property, the library and a child care center two doors down. It's owned by mom of three, Loharo Mujihad. She lives in the neighborhood and doesn't want guns.
"That's from my business perspective and my mom perspective," said Mujihad. "We do close to home field trips so we utilize our library."
Mujihad doesn't want kids walking past a gun deal. She thinks gun sales are okay but not here. The sisters are encouraging the community to appeal to city council.
City council doesn't have jurisdiction to stop something like this but is willing to listen to the area residents and consider what can be done. The nuns and the community group plan to go to council Monday and have another neighborhood meeting Tuesday.