In the aftermath of the horrific events that unfolded in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, religious organizations have banded together to demand action on gun control laws in the country. The letter, comprising of support from fifty faith-based groups, called on congressional leaders to, “take immediate action to curb the onslaught of gun violence plaguing our nation.”
The church shooting, which was the worst mass shooting in Texas history, took place on November 5th and has led an array of groups and organizations to continue urging Congress to make a meaningful stance against gun violence in the country, and implement legislation that would make it more difficult for people to purchase and possess firearms. The church shooting left 26 people dead in its wake, and has thus sparked a heated debate between Democrats and Republicans in Congress over the apparent need to diminish the openness of gun purchases throughout the country.
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Organized by the Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence Coalition, the letter details the various shootings that have taken place at churches in recent years, including the 2015 Charleston church shooting, as well as the violence which took place at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The letter went on to make demands of congressional leaders in bringing forth legislation that would make gun ownership and purchases more difficult through various operations and means.
The faith groups have thus urged Congress to take meaningful action on gun control, such as closing the many loopholes that allow offenders of domestic violence to purchase firearms, as well as implementing a comprehensive and universal system of background checks that would ensure anybody who is purchasing a gun is stable to own one. The letter went on to make other demands as well, all of which attempt to curb the ease at which individuals can come into possession of firearms in the country.
The organization emphasized the need to implement legislation that would ensure the safety and security of people when in their places of worship, as well as in their broader communities. They simultaneously iterated the openness to discuss with congressional leaders about potential legislative options that would be able to be utilized, and working together towards a common objective of keeping our communities secure.
Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, the group which has organized this effort, is comprised in large part of religious organizations with more liberal-leaning ideals, and was established shortly after the Tucson shooting in 2011 which gravely injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), and leaving another six individuals dead as a result. The organization has since banded with various other gun control groups as a means of making their message heard, including the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and others.
The letter comes in a timely manner, as Democrats in Congress urge their Republican counterparts to understand the extent to which these matters of gun violence are becoming far too prevalent throughout American society, and the apparent need to enact gun control legislation that will ensure that mentally or emotionally unstable individuals are unable to purchase firearms.
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