The Common Good

Sikh, Other Groups Urge Stronger Gun-Control Legislation

Source: Sikhnn
Date: April 16, 2013

A gun cannot be equated to be a modern-day Kirpan, and must be controlled by stronger laws to prevent mass shootings, a Sikh group said.

“I believe that the Kirpan, as a symbol, it reminds us that we must act for justice in society,” said Rajwant Singh, head of the Maryland-based Sikh Council on Religion and Education. “It is a reminder for our duty in the world and in society that we must stand for the defenseless.”

Rajwant Singh was among 30 representatives of different faith groups that urged legislators to pass stricter gun-control laws. They spoke at a news conference on April 11 at the National Mall, a grassy area between the Washington Monument and the Capitol, where a heated gun-control debate is still under way.

“I think it’s an important cause, important effort for all religious-based organizations to get together, speak and voice and express against gun violence, which has impacted everybody, not only one community but whole American community,” said Manpreet Singh of Laurel, Maryland, also representing SCORE. Some efforts are being made at the political level. “We would like to see more.”