Faith leaders press case for US gun laws at vigil
Standing alongside Saylor on Thursday were fellow faith leaders gathered in support of tougher federal gun laws in the wake of the December 14 massacre of 20 children and six educators in Newtown, an hour's drive from Hartford.
Together they began a 24-hour vigil over more than 3,300 crucifixes, Jewish stars of David, Muslim stars and crescents, and Indian Sanskrit inscriptions -- one for each gun-related death in America in the four months since Newtown.
To the east, up on Capitol Hill, the US Senate voted Thursday to debate the most ambitious gun safety legislation in nearly two decades, after a bipartisan group of lawmakers agreed on expanding background checks for firearm sales.
"It doesn't have to be this way," said Jim Wallis of the Washington-based Christian activist group Sojourners, a co-sponsor of the vigil with PICO National Network, a faith-based grassroots organization.
"The nation is so far ahead of where the political leaders are" on gun control, he sai