The Common Good

Faith coalition backs Obama gun plan

Date: January 16, 2013

A coalition of faith leaders formed to support policies that reduce death and injury from gun violence today commended President Obama and the administration for the plan to reduce gun violence that was announced Jan. 16.

“We believe Congress has a moral imperative to enact the life-saving measures proposed by the president and vice president,” said the statement from Faiths United To Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition of more than 40 national faith denominations and groups representing tens of millions of Americans.

The Rev. Jim Wallis, the evangelical who heads the progressive Christian group Sojourners, took strong issue with recent comments by Wayne LaPierre, the outspoken executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. Wallis called LaPierre’s statement after Newtown that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” “morally mistaken” and “religiously repugnant.”