An interfaith call-in event to prevent gun violence is set for February 4. Thanks for reading this from FaithsCalling.org and sending it on to your spiritual leaders and friends:
Ensure that the voices of faithful Americans ring throughout the halls of Congress.
Call your Senators and Representative and insist that they act to prevent gun violence.
We know that among millions of you in the faith community there are differences in viewpoint and we ask you to convey whichever policies with which you are comfortable. The major components of legislation that Congress is considering are listed below. When you call your Senators and Representative, let them know that you are calling as a member of the faith community, and emphasize those of the policies which you support.
- Require universal background checks for all gun purchases
- Ban semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
- Make gun trafficking a federal crime
- Improve access to mental health services
Tell them that gun violence prevention laws work.
Tested by our grief,
Inspired in our pursuit of justice,
Strengthened by our love for country and for God's children
Resolute in our faith.
We call on our lawmakers and say:
Enough pain. Enough despair. Enough injustice. We can and must transform our grief into action.
Check http://www.faithscalling.org/ on the day of the event for information on how to speak with your Senators and Representatives with the click of button. Join the Facebook event. On Twitter look for #preventgunviolence #endgunviolence #gunsafety #demandaplan #ifnotnowwhen and #faithscalling
And please contact the White House to express your support for the new gun control measures. Here’s the link: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/preventing-gun-violence#share Please sign the petitions at Demand A Plan, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, One Million Moms for Gun Control, We The People, and Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Please read my previous posts on gun control: Repairing the World: The Truth About Ending Gun Violence Now (December 20); There is No God: Continuing Thoughts on Gun Control (December 27); Sabbath to Stop Gun Violence (January 3); Christina’s Letter: More Thoughts on Gun Violence (January 10); President Ronald Reagan on Gun Control (January 17) and Bad News/Good News (January 24)
Your comments are welcome.
Rabbi Mark Sameth is the spiritual leader of Joyful Judaism: Pleasantville Community Synagogue an inclusive, progressive synagogue – with members from twenty towns, villages and cities all across Westchester and “A Hebrew School Your Kids Can Love.” Read The New York Times article. Follow Rabbi Mark on Twitter . Weekly meditation at the synagogue every Saturday morning at 9 am is open to the public; everyone – without exception - is welcome and warmly invited. OUR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE IS ON. See “Top Ten Reasons to Join PCS” - as well as service times and events - at www.ShalomPCS.com.