The Common Good

Religious Leaders Call on Efforts to Curb Gun Violence

Date: January 17, 2013

More than 40 religious leaders have signed on to a letter they plan to release on Tuesday calling for politicians to take steps quickly to prevent gun violence. The letter is being released by Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, a coalition formed two years ago, after the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her staff members and constituents outside a shopping mall in Arizona.

Some members of the group met last week with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and pledged to turn out their members to support gun control measures introduced by the White House.

In the letter, the group identifies its three top priorities for federal lawmakers that include requiring who buys a gun to pass a criminal background check; removing high capacity guns and ammunition magazines from the streets; and making gun trafficking a federal crime.