The Common Good

Some Newtown clergy disapprove of Senate compromise on guns

Date: April 11, 2013

Surrounded by more than 3,300 grave markers that symbolized the number of people killed by gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, 27 religious leaders stood together to ask Congress to pass gun control legislation.

“It’s past time for our political leaders to find the moral courage to act,” said the Rev. Jim Wallis, president and CEO of Sojourners. “The majority of our country supports change, and 92% of Americans support universal background checks, but unfortunately powerful lobbyists for gun manufacturers have some politicians scared to do what they know is right.”

Sporting large yellow stickers that read “Background Checks Save Lives,” a number of religious leaders spoke about the need for stricter gun laws.

“We all know too intimately the ripples of grief,” Crebbin said, his hands trembling during his remarks. "Now is the time to change.”