- Ban all assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. These are weapons of war and have no place in the hands of common citizens.
- Require universal background checks when purchasing any firearm.
- Make gun trafficking a federal crime.
- Repeal the 2005 “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” that prohibits lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers claiming liability in gun deaths.
It is our prayer that Congress might take a courageous stand to eliminate the proliferation of weapons causing death and destruction. This is a matter of utmost importance for our nation’s well-being and our children’s emotional, mental, and physical health. Let us pray and act that gun violence may not only be reduced in America but brought to an end.
We must also recognize the racism that is deeply embedded in the fabric of our society and “stand against racism in all its myriad forms.” Racism is a sin against humanity. Our sacred text tells us that ALL humans are made in God’s image and likeness. As people of faith, we must honor the inherent value and dignity of all people and seek justice when that value and dignity is attacked.
The soul of America needs healing and repair with the spiritual foundation that connects us one to another, a belief in a God who created us to live as children of God. Isaiah 2:4 says “(God) shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” We pray for that day.