The Common Good

Sikhs joins other religions demanding strict gun control laws in US

Date: April 13, 2013

Members of the Sikh community joined other religious leaders in urging the US Congress to pass strict gun control laws to prevent the recent surge in gun violence in the country, including the one at a Wisconsin Gurdwara last year.

The religious leaders gathered on the National Mall in Washington today amidst a makeshift graveyard - 3,300 grave markers in all representing the number of people who have died in gun violence since December's massacre in Newtown - to emphasise the huge toll of gun violence in America.

"This is one of the clearest examples of a stark democratic choice: the old politics of guns or the morality of the common good. The clergy are here today for the common good," said Jim Wallis, CEO of Sojourners, a faith based Christian group, who put together the gathering.