The Common Good

Faith Communities Step Up Against Gun Violence

Date: January 14, 2013

A coalition called Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, which came together after the shooting of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) two years ago, has drafted a public letter to President Barack Obama and Congress with the following three legislative demands: require a criminal background check for every gun sold in this country, ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and make gun trafficking a federal crime. Coalition members are holding a press conference on Jan. 15 to release the letter and to urge action.

PICO, a national faith-based organizing group, is also calling for a ban on assault weapons and background checks on gun sales. "Praying is not enough," said Rev. Michael McBride, head of PICO's Lifelines to Healing campaign. "We must turn our prayers, grief, and outrage into action ... the majority of Americans support these sensible proposals."