At the midpoint of 2016, and the year was already full of highs and lows for the gun violence prevention movement. From the Orlando shooting, the deadlist in our nation's history, to the backlash on law enforcement officers at a peaceful protest in Dallas, the stories of gun violence are so often in the news, we may become numb to them.
We invite you to take some solace in the heartening actions undertaken by bold, courageous members of Congress. Senator Chris Murphy led a 15-hour filibuster on the floor of the Senate. Days later, Representative John Lewis led a sit-in on the House floor for more than 20 hours to force a vote on measures to require background checks on all gun sales and to prohibit suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. These stories are what give us the will to keep up the fight.
The Law Center to prevent gun violence has released a 2016 Mid-Year Review: Gun Law Legislative Trends and Analysis. We invite you click on the attachment link below and take a look at all the good that has come out of 2016 so far. Thank you to the Law Center for this report.
After you have read through the report, we hope you will be energized by its' content to begin a conversation in your community or parish. The coaliton of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence (of which FAN is a member) has begun promoting the annual Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath weekend, December 14-18. Last year over 500 events, small and large, were held around the country in about 37 states. Each year, the number increases. This year’s goal is a 50 state participation with an increase in number of events. See the Faiths United webiste for more information and visit the December Sabbath Website for resources and to register your event.