Recently, in D.C. the No More Names bus tour was on Capitol Hill reading the names of the 9,000 people killed by gun violence since the December 14, 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn. Yes, you read that number right. Many from the NRA and other groups are trying to turn focus toward the issue of mental health. While FAN agrees that mental health is certainly part of many shootings, the roll of guns in society can not be ignored.
In support of this idea, FAN representatives met last week with the people from Heeding God's Call. This organization is a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence. They seek to unite people of faith in the sacred responsibility to protect our brothers and sisters and our children by:
Helping local faith communities organize advocacy campaigns to pressure gun shops to adopt the Code of Conduct:
- Providing support and resources for partnerships of multi-racial, interfaith, cross-denominational, faith communities to form and become active in support of gun violence prevention (on both social and legislative levels)
- Serving as a connection point for these congregations and partnerships to connect with, learn from and support the work of gun violence prevention organizations and efforts already in place
- Advocating for the adoption of faith community resolutions to take action at congregational and judicatory levels
We encourage you to continue to call your Senators and Representatives on this issue. Don't let it be forgotten. Additionally, we encourage you to find an organization that represents your beliefs and, as Ghandi said, "be the change you want to see in the world."