"We have stepped down from our pulpits and left our houses of worship to remind Congress we’re not going anywhere until they pass meaningful legislation that bans assault weapons and high capacity magazines, institutes enforceable universal background checks, ends gun trafficking, prosecutes straw purchasers, and invests in proven strategies reduce the gun violence that plagues our cities every day,” the Rev. Michael McBride said in advance of the vigil.
The Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners, said "It’s past time for our political leaders to find the moral courage to act. The majority of our country supports change, and 92 percent of Americans support universal background checks, but unfortunately powerful lobbyists for gun manufacturers have some politicians scared to do what they know is right.”
More than 3,300 mock grave markers were set up on the National Mall representing the 3,300 people who have been killed by gun violence since the Newtown massacre.