To: People of faith and moral courage

#NeverAgain: Act Now on Gun Violence

Photo credit: Middle Collegiate Church

As people of faith and moral courage, we know that prayer and action go hand in hand. Our thoughts and prayers inspire us to walk with students marching for their lives!

We call on you to challenge Congress to reform federal gun laws, confront the NRA and the businesses and politicians that support it, and follow the youth as they call for justice.

Why is this important?

We remember the lives stolen and the communities shattered at Columbine, Virginia Tech, Oak Creek, Sandy Hook, Charleston, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Sutherland Springs. We’ve said “Never again,” and we have to do more.

We come from people who put prayer and activism in the same breath to battle Jim Crow, to ensure voting rights and marriage equality, to protect health care and the rights of religious minorities.

Together we are breathing our prayers and pushing for justice—we speak up, vote, lobby, march, protest, blog, tweet, and insist that our lawmakers recognize the value of every person.

Now is not the time to make it easier for people to carry and use guns. Now is not the time to turn our teachers into armed guards. Now is the time to do three things.

1. Challenge Congress
We need federal gun law reform: community safety is a human issue, not a partisan one. We’ve had enough, and Congress must act!

Share this statement in your networks to tell Congress to reject:
- H.R. 3668: The Sportsmen, Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, which eliminates restrictions on silencers, and
- S. 446: The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which weakens restrictions on carrying guns across state lines.

2. Confront the NRA
We believe in God’s authority over life and know that killing is not God’s will for us or our country.
That’s why we’re boycotting companies that support the NRA [1] and voting out all NRA-affiliated politicians [2].

3. Follow the Youth
Everytown for Gun Safety is the leading national gun violence prevention organization. Text REJECT to 64433 to join and learn how to talk to your congressperson about gun reform!

On Wednesday, March 14, we marched with students who walked out of their classrooms and remembered their friends and loved ones. On Saturday, March 24, we supported the children and youth leading the call to stop gun violence in Washington, D.C., and at sibling marches across the United States and on six continents around the world.

This is just the beginning! Let's lift our voices. Let's flood the Congressional phone lines. Let’s be the groundswell that changes the tide!

Enough!

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.
Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church
Auburn Senior Fellow

Rabbi Sharon Brous
Founder/Senior Rabbi, IKAR
Auburn Senior Fellow

Valarie Kaur
Founder, The Revolutionary Love Project
Auburn Senior Fellow

The Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson
President, Auburn Seminary

Brian D. McLaren
Auburn Senior Fellow

Lisa Sharon Harper
Founder and President, Freedom Road LLC
Auburn Senior Fellow

Rev. Michael-Ray Matthews
Director of Clergy Organizing, PICO National Network
Auburn Senior Fellow

Rev. angel Kyodo williams
Founder, Transformative Change
Auburn Senior Fellow

Rev. Traci D. Blackmon
Executive Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ
Auburn Senior Fellow

Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS
Executive Director, NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
Auburn Senior Fellow

Rev. Peter Heltzel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology, New York Theological Seminary
Auburn Senior Fellow

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[1] Which companies support the NRA? https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a18700113/companies-that-work-with-the-nra/
[2] Which politicians are NRA-affiliated? https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/10/04/opinion/thoughts-prayers-nra-funding-senators.html

Updates

2018-04-05 13:26:34 -0400

25 signatures reached

2018-03-31 13:26:40 -0400

10 signatures reached