The Common Good

Faith leaders press case for US gun laws at vigil

Source: AlterNet
Date: April 18, 2013

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.