The Common Good

Faith community targets guns

Date: January 17, 2013

More than two dozen faith-based leaders marked Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 84th birthday by urging Americans to work together to help curb gun violence.

Under the umbrella group, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, the religious leaders gathered inside the United Methodist Building in D.C. Jan. 15 and called for a ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines as well as improved background screening of gun buyers. They also spoke of a need to improve the way people with mental problems are helped.

Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, referred back to a recent press conference by the National Rifle Association where it was stated that gun violence will be stopped when good people have guns.

He called that statement, "factually flawed, morally mistaken and religiously repugnant."

Wallis said the federal government is dysfunctional and "always behind the rest of the country. Washington, D.C., is set up to allow good change from happening. That is a matter of fact," he said, noting that social change is really what makes things happen in America.