Politics, Public Policy and Progressive Faith

17 June

Faith Leaders Fighting Gun Violence, State by State

Eleni Towns of the Center for American Progress has a nice piece¬†showing how faith leaders are working together to fight gun violence and advocate for better gun policy. Towns highlights action in six states–California, Colorado, Connecticut,¬†Georgia, Maryland and Washington–and describes a relatively new organization, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, which sprung up in the wake of Sandy Hook. The group represents 50 diverse faith-based organizations. They took their message to Congress early this year. Though they were unsuccessful in getting legislation passed, they were clear in their intent to challenge the NRA without demonizing its members.

Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence is urging three federal policy changes:

  • The implementation of universal background checks,
  • A ban on high-capacity assault weapons and ammunition cartridges and
  • Making gun trafficking a federal crime.

Video from their January visit to Capitol Hill: