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Finance Fridays With Mary, Volume 6: Nuns & Guns

Finance Fridays With Mary, Volume 6: Nuns & Guns

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Sister Judy Byron, a Seattle-based nun, was determined to stem the tide of gun violence, so she turned to an unlikely place: the markets. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Sister Judy Byron, a Seattle-based nun, was determined to stem the tide of gun violence, so she turned to an unlikely place: the markets.

Elaine Thompson/AP

Following the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Sister Judy Byron, a Seattle-based nun, decided she needed to do something about gun violence. But when lawmakers proved unwilling or unable to pass the gun-control legislation she had hoped for, she and her group of faith-based investors turned to the markets. They bought shares in two major firearms companies and began a campaign to compel those companies to take more responsibility for the role their products play in gun violence.

On this installment of Finance Fridays With Mary, Barron's Senior Reporter Mary Childs brings us a story of nuns and other religious groups who used the mechanisms of finance to advocate for social change, and who decided the best way to achieve their goals was to get a seat at the table.

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