A group of faith organizations is calling for action in dealing with gun violence. "Faith United To Prevent Gun Violence" held a news conference in Washington DC, calling on Congress and the President to put measures in place to ban assault rifles and high capacity magazines, require all gun purchasers to undergo background checks and to strengthen the laws against gun trafficking by making it a federal offense.
"The faith leaders said it was a moral issue that we need to prevent gun violence," says Vinnie DeMarco, the National Coordinator for "Faith United To Prevent Gun Violence." "They said that these gun violence prevention laws work. The universal background checks save lives. And this letter shows the power of the faith community to get this done. We think these laws are going to be enacted."
"Faith United To Prevent Gun Violence" includes representatives from the Roman Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptists, Quakers, Church of the Brethren, Hindu, Sikh, Sojourners, United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist religious traditions.