When more than 10,000 members of the faith community called their Senators on Monday, the halls of the Capitol were ringing with the voices of gun violence prevention advocates. With 75 religious denominations and organizations participating in an interfaith call to prevent gun violence, it was clear that members of the faith community are ready for change.
The faith community has been an active participant in the national conversation about gun violence prevention legislation, mirroring the debates over this issue in Congress. The RAC coordinated the gathering of religious leaders outside of the National Cathedral to mark the one-week anniversary of the Newtown shooting, and once again the faith community spoke out on this issue under the auspices of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence one-month after the tragic event.
By participating in the interfaith call and by demanding that Congress act to prevent gun violence, members of the faith community made our collective voice heard. Those who called their Senators expressed the need for universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, making gun trafficking a federal crime, and improved access to mental health services.
Among the many joining this effort, coordinated by the RAC, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the U.S. Episcopal Church, the Sikh Council on Religion and Education, the Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist movements of Judaism, the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and many, many more all encouraged congregants to call their Senators.
We at the RAC have heard from numerous offices about the volume and impact of the calls. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) even tweeted her support, using our #FaithsCalling hashtag: “Making an impact: 47 faith groups made 10,000+ calls to senators demanding an end to gun violence #FaithsCalling https://bit.ly/WN0HvB”
Thanks to all of you who joined in the effort! Together, we can make our country safer.