Episcopal Peace Fellowship calls upon its members to demand state and federal legislators stand up to the gun lobby and vote to make this country a safer place to live. Thoughts and prayers are not enough; our leaders must find the courage to take action. A statement released by Bishops’ United Against Gun Violence on Monday, November 6, 2017, stated, “each of us has a role to play in our repentance. Elected representatives bear the responsibility of passing legislation that protects our citizenry. If our representatives are not up to this responsibility, we must replace them.”
Three of the five worst mass shootings in modern U.S. history occurred during the last year with two in the last month. America’s gun violence crisis is neither normal nor inevitable. According to The American Journal of Medicine, Americans, are 25 times more likely to be killed by a gun than people in other developed nations. In fact, no other country like ours comes close.
We cannot keep living this way.
After Sunday morning’s shootings, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton suggested to Fox News that more churchgoers should arm themselves. During an appearance on Fox News Monday morning, Dallas pastor and Trump faith adviser Rev. Robert Jeffress also appeared to advocate for arming church members. EPF Executive Director the Rev. Allison Liles responded, “Guns have no place in our houses of worship. We believe these spaces should be true sanctuaries. And, it is not possible for these spaces to be sanctuaries if people in the pews are armed and ready to kill another person created in the image of God.”
While no one gun law will prevent every shooting, there are solutions that can reduce gun violence and save lives. Policies like universal background checks and prohibiting dangerous people from accessing guns will make our communities safer. “We cannot continue to blame mental illness for these massacres,” said Rev. Liles. “The Sutherland Springs’ shooter was court marshalled in 2012 for two counts of assault on his spouse and assault on their child and two years later received a “bad conduct” discharge from the military. Despite this documented history of domestic abuse, he purchased an assault rifle. It is far too easy for dangerous people in our country to obtain weapons that have no place in civilian life.”
Now is the time for action. Now is the time for our elected leaders to muster the courage needed to vote against the gun lobby by defeating bad legislation that puts the profits of the gun industry before the safety of our communities. Now is the time for our elected officials to vote for common sense gun laws that will to build a safer, stronger America.
The Episcopal Peace Fellowship has championed peace, nonviolence and social justice issues since its founding on Armistice Day in 1939. Read more about EPF – http://epfnational.org.
Contact – Bob Kinney – EPF board member & publicist – 512.419.1738 – firstname.lastname@example.org